Quick information and rules on how to play carrom.

Number of Players

This game is for 2 – 4 (2 teams) Players


  • 1 Carrom board
  • 9 White pieces & 9 Black pieces (Carrom men)
  • 1 Red piece (Queen)
  • 1 Acrylic striker

Setting up the game

Place the carrom pieces (all 19) within the circle in the middle of the carrom board.

Place your carrom striker between the two striking lines (baseline) of your sides. You may also place your striker within the two circles situated at either end of your baseline.

The Object of Carrom

To be the first player to pocket your carrom pieces and the queen.

How to Play The Game

The first player breaks by using his/her index finger. Player one flicks the striker in a forward direction (shooting backwards is not allowed at any point in the game) at the centre formation of Carrom men.

The first player to pot a carrom piece will carry on potting the same colour for the duration of the game. If the player pots a carrom piece he/ she plays again, having replaced the carrom striker between his/her baseline. This continues until he/ she fails to pot one of his/ her pieces, then it is the opponents turn.

Carrom pieces can only be struck directly if it is not touching the player’s baseline or situated behind the base line. If this is the case the player must hit the carrom piece by rebounding the carrom striker off any side of the carrom board or any other carrom piece on the carrom board

Note: This must be in the forward direction.

The red piece (Queen)

The queen may be ‘pocketed’ at any point after the first piece has been pocketed, but before the last carrom piece is pocketed.

If the red piece is pocketed the player must then pocket one of his/ her own carrom pieces straight after. If the player fails to pocket, then the queen must be replaced in the centre of the carrom board.

The Winner

The winner is the first player to pocket all of his/ her carrom pieces (and the queen if not already pocketed).

For Full and detailed rules checkout our carrom rule book

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