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What You Need to Know About Playing Shuffleboard

Thinking about a new shuffleboard table? Here’s what you need to know about playing shuffleboard.

What is Shuffleboard?

Shuffleboard is one of our favorite games. It’s fun to play with family and friends, and what’s more, anyone can do it!

In addition, if you’re look for some exercise, playing shuffleboard burns a lot of calories – about the same as a slow walk.

The game began about 500 years ago. In the beginning it was played by pushing pucks along a narrow path. Table shuffleboard arrived next. The goal of table shuffleboard is the same as when people pay it on the ground.

What Do You Need for Table Shuffleboard?

First, you need a shuffleboard table, and we can help you find one that fits your decor and your budget.

You also need players. You can play with two people or four people on two teams. Just remember to alternate turns.

Next, you need a set of pucks, some table wax and silicon to make the surface of the table smooth. A smooth table provides the best experience.

You also need some scoring beads. This is similar to an old fashioned abacus.

Finally, you need bowling pins so players have different options when playing the game.

How to Play Shuffleboard

There are three main objectives:

  • Where your place your puck is vital to your success, and it takes a lot of skill. You want to place your puck at the furthest end of the board without it falling out of the triangle at the end of the shuffleboard court.
  • Think about offense. You want to knock off your opponents highest scoring pucks so they can’t score.
  • Think about defense. Like most sports, defense is as important as offense. Place your pucks in front of your highest scoring puck so your opponent can’t knock you off or score.

Here’s how to play:

  • The first player slides his first puck to the other end of the board.
  • Then, the opponent shoots his puck trying to knock off the first player’s puck. He/she can also try to outdistance the other puck. This is a game of skill and a lot of instinct.
  • Both players continue to alternate turns until all of the pucks are shuffled.
  • This is a single round.

How do you know who wins?

  • The player who moves his puck farthest down the board wins.

How Do You Keep Score?

Sliding the puck is the purpose, but the goal is to score.

To score a point, the puck must move past the scoring lines. If it moves past the second line, you get two points. You get three points if it moves past the third line. If it just moves past the first line, you get one point.

At the end of he round, the player with the puck closest to the edge of the board wins the points (based on the line).

Final Thoughts

Shuffleboard is fun and easy to play.

The best part? Anyone can play from children to older adults.

Your first step is getting a shuffleboard table. Check out our selection of Olhausen Shuffleboards online and then come visit us in one of our stores!