Speed Pool is a solitary pool game. As its name suggests, one pockets all the pool balls on the table as quickly as possible. It can played be competitively with the aid of a stopwatch.
• The cue ball must not be in motion when shooting
• Object balls can still be in motion when shooting
• Ball and pocket must be called, (No fluking the balls in)
• Legal shots must be made — a 10-second penalty will be incurred for each foul.
• A legalshot involves the cue ball contacting an object ball, and driving it to a cushion, or the cue ball hitting a cushion after contact, or pocketing an object ball
• Any ball may be pocketed, except that the 8 ball must be last.
Because speed pool 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. 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.