Speedball, also called speed pool, is a solitary pool game. As its name suggests, one all the pool balls on the table as quickly as possible. It can be played competitively with the aid of a stopwatch.
- Ball and pocket must be , (No the balls in)
- Legal shots must be made — a 10-second penalty will be incurred for each .
Observing professionals, one can see them running madly around the table to place their next shot. Unlike most billiard games, the cue ball is mostly used with a to minimize the waiting time. are legal, but time-consuming, and thus rare. A legal shot to just nudge the object ball for on a subsequent easy shot is preferred.
Because speedball is a relatively recent development in pool, there are few tournaments devoted to it. One notable event was the International Speed Pool Challenge which was broadcast on ESPN.[clarification needed] The games played in this event included one based on straight pool as well as the more common version described above, which is derived from eight-ball. The object in each match was to play all games with a shorter total time than other players. Luc Salvas was the first to win this event, which had a US$50,000 winner-take-all purse that year.[clarification needed]
Notable professional players
- Dave Pearson ("the Ginger Wizard")
- Luc Salvas
- Jeanette Lee ("the Black Widow")
- Bobby McGrath ("the Kid")
- One set of rules, from the Valley National Eight-ball Association