Carrom Game Rules

Quick information & rules for playing carrom.


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


Carrom board x 1
Carrom pieces x 18 (9 white & 9 black)
Red Queen x 1
Striker x 1
Carrom powder (a sprinkle)

Setting Up

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

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

How to Play

The first player breaks using his/her index finger by flicking the striker in a forward direction (shooting backwards is not allowed at any point in the game) towards the center formation of Carrom pieces. The first player to pot a carrom piece will pot the same colour for the duration of the game.

If the player pots a carom piece they play again, after replacing the carrom striker between their baseline. This continues until they fail to pot one of their 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 board or any other carrom piece on the board in a forward direction.

The Red 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 their own carrom pieces. Should the player fail to pocket a piece, 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 (& the queen if not already pocketed).

For full and detailed rules be sure to check out our carrom rule book.