8 Shuffleboard Games You Can Play Right Now

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Are you aware of all of the different shuffleboard games you can play on your table? In this article, we'll give you 8 different games along with the rules to start playing right now.

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Knock Off

This is the most popular and common type of shuffleboard game that users can play.

Knock off is generally played with either two teams of two people or one-on-one. If played on teams, the team members split up and stand at opposite sides of the table to play, and will stay there throughout the entire game.

Players alternate shooting their weights trying not only to score points by landing their weights in the correct scoring zone at the other end of the table, but they also try to knock off their opponent’s weights at the same time, without sending their own weights off of the table.

Only one team is allowed to score in each round, and the team who has their weight closest to the end of the table gets points.

All of their weights are added together, as long as they are ahead of the opponent’s deepest weight.

Players can earn extra points if their weights are left hanging off of the end of the board. Additionally, weights must completely cross over a point line for the player to score that amount of points.


Horse Collar

This game can be played either one-on-one or with multiple teams of two or more players. All players on each team start on the same end of the board rather than facing each other.

Each team has a set of weights that they use, and they may need to share and alternate weights, depending on how many teams play.

The game is played in frames and continues until one team is able to score 51 points, although the first team to reach this score doesn’t necessarily win.

All teams can finish out their frames when one team scores 51 points, which may allow them to get the highest score and win.

Before a team is allowed to score any points, they first must have a weight with a score of at least three points.

Weights are only in play if they remain on the board and are past the foul line, which is designated at the beginning of the game and is generally the shortest line on the table.

All players take turns, regardless of how many teams play, giving everyone a fair chance to try to score as many points as possible.


Crazy Eights

This is a game for single players and can be played with a minimum of two players competing against each other.

It’s played in frames, which allows players to alternate the end of the board where they play, and requires each player to use all of the available eight weights.

The game continues until one player scores a set number of points, and frames continue until the winner is decided.

After a player scores the set number of points, the other players can finish their frame to try to beat that score.

Before players can score, four weights must be thrown with one hand and they must all stay on the table past the long foul line. If they do not stay on table, then the other player has a chance.

If all four weights stay on the table, then the player must try to knock them off with the other four weights before they can score any points.

There are other optional rules that can be put into play, such as “hickey,” where players who don’t score must put a set amount of money into a jar, and then the winner of the game gets to keep the money.


Baseball

This is a variation of the game Horse Collar and is played and scored in the same way, except that players total their scores and determine a winner after nine rounds of play, rather than trying to be the first player to reach 51 points.

Players can play in teams of two or against each other in a one-on-one situation. They must use their own set of weights and try to keep the weights on the board past the designated foul line.

When playing with single players, the person will play all weights at one time, trying to get at least one into the three-point zone to start the scoring process.

If no weight lands in the three-point zone, then a player is not allowed to score.

There are set rules for scoring that determine how many points a player or a team earns based on where the weights end up on the board. It all depends on whether or not the weights are touching a line or if they are centered directly between them.

The game isn’t over until the last player or team has had a chance at the board.


Tap & Draw

This is a great option for a new shuffleboard player to play against a more skilled player. The players try to shuffle their weights up to the farthest, or highest, scoring position without knocking off any other weights from the board.

Players take turns shuffling their weights on the board, and are able to try to tap their own weights to move them into a better scoring position.

If a player knocks off their own weight, then it is removed from the game, if they knock off their opponent’s weight, then they must replace the removed weight with one of their own.

Additionally, if a player accidentally moves their opponent’s weight into a better scoring position, then it is allowed to stay there.

Scoring can either be to the traditional 15 points or to 51, as in horse collar. The player who gets to go first in this game enjoys a clear advantage, so it is often the less skilled player who goes first.

Players aren’t allowed to hit or shake the table to move their weights and must keep one foot behind the playing surface when shooting.


Target

In this shuffleboard game, the player who shoots last has a clear advantage over the player who goes first, as they can try to knock off their opponent’s weight or try to land their weight in a higher scoring position.

Players alternate shuffling their weights until they have all been played, and the winner of the round is the person who has a weight in the highest scoring zone on the table.

Players then move to the other side of the table and play again, with the winner of the last round going first this time.

This method of play continues until the players have played a set number of rounds or have reached a set score that was determined before the game began.

Only the winner of a round is able to score during that round, and their score is determined by where their weight lies and whether or not it touches any lines on the board.

This game can be played on a bank shuffleboard table as well, and requires each weight to first bank off of the side cushion before making it to the target area.


3 Strikes

This is a wonderful practice shuffleboard game that makes it easy for single players to compete against each other without playing in teams.

Each player shoots four weights. One is their opponent’s color, the “multiplier,” and the other three are their own. The multiplier weight doesn’t count for points and can be played at any time.

The multiplier weight simply multiplies the points of the other weights thrown in the game, which means that it can quickly help improve a player’s score, as long as it is thrown into a higher scoring area.

All weights must make it past the long foul line to be counted for the score, and the point values are the same as in traditional shuffleboard.

The first player then counts up their points after their turn, setting the score that the second player must beat to win, as there aren’t any ties. If the second player is unable to beat this score, then they have a strike. After three strikes, a player is out of the game.

Play continues until all players, but one, have gotten three strikes and are out of the game.


Spots

This is a great shuffleboard game for a single player to play, as it does not require an opponent. The player playing tries to shoot their highest score, and is a test of both lagging ability, as well as sticking.

There is very minimal strategy in this game, but it is great for players learning how to knock off weights at particular locations on the board.

Players shoot eight frames down and back, so four are shot from each end. For each frame, another person sets up three weights on the board for the player to try to knock them off and then lag the rest of their weights.

The weights are set up in varying areas across the board, which is great for players who want to work on their skill and need practice in knocking off certain weights from various areas.

Additionally, since this game is played by just one person, it is a great way to practice without the incredible stress that some players feel when they are in competition with other players and can easily help players improve their game to play on a team.