Goriziana or nine- pin billiards (also known as nine-pins , 9-pins , etc.) is a carom billiards game , especially popular in Italy.
Like the cue sport most closely related to it, five- pin billiards , goriziana is played on a 284 cm by 142 cm table.



Rules
In goriziana , nine pins sit in the center of the table. Three balls are used, of which two are cue balls. The game is played by two teams of one or two players. Each team or player aims to hit the opponent's ball and, from there, score points by striking the red ball , or by making the opponent's balls or the red ball knock over the pins.
Unlike in many games, shots are always taken in rotation the same player or team never shoots twice in a row, even if they have scored. The only exception is if the opponent fouls before shooting, such as by moving one of the balls accidentally. Play continues until one player or team wins by being the first to reach or exceed a specific number of points (usually 200 or 300). This number is agreed upon beforehand by the players.
The main difference between five-pins and nine-pins is in scoring. Accumulated or lost points are doubled in the five-pins game .


Scoring
  • Two points are awarded for every external pin knocked over;
  • Eight points for every internal pin knocked over;
  • Ten points for knocking over the red central pin together with one or more white pins;
  • Thirty points for knocking over the red central pin only;
  • Six points if the cue ball strikes the opponent's ball correctly and causes the opponent's ball to strike the red ball ;
  • Six points if the cue ball strikes the opponent's ball correctly and then strikes the red ball


Fouls
In case of a foul , two points are deducted, and any points the shooter would have earned on the foul shot are nullified.
  • Failure to strike the shooter's own cue ball correctly;
  • Failure to strike the opponent's cue ball with the shooter's own;
  • Knocking over pins with the shooter's own cue ball before hitting the opponent's cue ball ;
  • Hitting the red ball before hitting the opponent's cue ball .