History

“History is written by victors.” — WINSTON CHURCHILL

Join at the ground floor.

The American Billiard Club (ABC) and its flagship game of American Rotation (AR) are the creation of U.S. professional poolplayer and instructor Joe Tucker. Powered by Cue Sports International (CSI). Our game is a fresh take on traditional rotation (or 61), a cue sport of the Southeast Asian Games. Efren “Bata” Reyes (The Philippines) is generally considered the top rotation player, followed closely by Shane Van Boening (U.S.).

Review the Official Rulebook for American Rotation.

Our Timeline

FEB 2012 — Joe Tucker (Providence, RI) invents American Rotation and tests locally for 1 year.
JAN 2013 — Mark Griffin of CSI (Las Vegas, NV) becomes a partner.MAY 2013 —- First promotional trip visiting east coast clubs (42 days)
JUN 2013 — The American Billiard Club (ABC) is founded.
JUL 2013 — Don Owen of OB Cues (Dallas, TX) becomes a partner.
SEP 2013 — Joe Dupuis (Brockton, MA) is crowned 1st national champion at Diamond Billiards (Richmond, VA).
NOV 2014 — We’re 23% to our billiard club goal (15/64).
DEC 2013 — Gwen Townsend (Fairfax, VA) is 1st female Stage II qualifier (#1 seed from her billiard club).
JAN 2014 — Jerry Calderon (Miami, FL) is crowned 2nd national champion at the Derby City Classic.
JAN 2014 — Rule change to break ball in hand EVERY rack. Demo match by Thorsten Holmann John Morra
JAN 2014 — Alabama Ladies take the first step and form their own group of Amro players, RI ladies follow.
FEB 2014 — We’re 31% to our billiard club goal (20/64). Don Owen creates the official rulebook for American Rotation.
MAR 2014 — Joe Tucker completes successful promotional tour. Canadian billiard clubs join the ABC. We’re a North American phenomenon.
APRIL 2014 — Series 4 May-July with Finals to be held in conjunction with 39th US Open 9 Ball Championship.
JUL 2014 — Mike Dechaine becomes the 3rd national champion at the BCAPL Nationals in Las Vegas.
AUG 2014 — East coast promotional tour adding rooms in VA NC SC TN FL.
SEP 2014 — New England Women’s Championship is held at Snookers RI with a $5,000 purse Stacie Bourbeau Champion.
OCT 2014 — Mike Dechaine becomes first repeat Champion as Finals were held in conjunction with the 39th US Open in VA.
OCT 2014 — New format with 10 players per clubs offered. This gets 1 player from every participating club qualified.
OCT 2014/JAN 2015 — Championship Series 5 with Finals to be held Jan 22nd 23rd in conjunction with the Derby City Classic.
DEC 2014 — New England Women’s Championship with a $5,000 purse Samantha Barrett Champion.
MAR-MAY 2015 — Starts Series 6 National Championship finals in Las Vegas with the BCAPL Nationals July.

Our Team

JOE TUCKER — creator of American Rotation, professional poolplayer, billiards organizer, noted instructor
MARK GRIFFIN — CEO of CSI (the second largest membership organization in billiards)
DON OWEN — billiards organizer, cue manufacturer (the “O” in OB Cues), amateur poolplayer

Did you know?

Efren “Bata” Reyes holds the world record for most consecutive racks run in a traditional rotation game (5).

Rotation Variations

TRADITIONAL ROTATION, or 61
Balls are racked in an 8ball triangle, with the 1ball at the front (apex) on the foot spot, the 2ball on the right rear corner (from the vantage of the racker), the 3ball at the left rear corner, and the 15 ball at the center. All other balls are placed randomly. In informal British play, it’s common to push the rack forward farther so that the 15ball rests on the foot spot. The game requires players to strike the lowest-numbered object ball on the table with the cue ball, in an attempt to pocket numbered balls for points. The score for pocketing an object ball is equal to the number printed on it (e.g., the 4ball is worth 4 points). A frame is over when a player or team has 61 or more points. A match may consist of multiple frames (e.g. a race to 10), or in multiple rounds of multiple frames (e.g. three rounds of best 2-out-of-three).

SIMPLE ROTATION
This variation does not count the value of the balls for a score. The game requires players to strike balls in ascending numeric order. The purpose is to pocket the most balls. A frame ends when one player has pocketed eight or more balls.

8BALL ROTATION
Balls are racked with the 8ball at the center (and not the 15). A combination of 8ball and rotation, the game requires that players pocket each suit (a seven ball grouping of solids or stripes) in numeric order. A frame ends when a player pockets the 8ball. The game does not count the numeric value of the balls for a score. The frame can only be won by legally pocketing the 8ball. A foul while attempting to do so is a loss of frame. This variation is appropriate for team as well as individual competition.

SPECIFIC ROTATION, or STRICT ROTATION
This variation counts the numeric value of the ball for a score. The order of balls pocketed must be sequential (and not simply struck first as in traditional game). The restrictiveness of this game makes it more difficult in this respect than regular rotation. It is potentially less challenging in other ways (e.g. the game forbids combination shots and caroms).

Explore detailed rules for rotation variations.