This game is simple, it consists of getting as close as possible to the jack (the little wooden target ball) that the first player throws.
A game of petanque can be played at 1 player against 1 player or 2 teams of 2 players or 3 players.
The player who starts the game is drawn (this option is not yet available in petanque52), he is in the circle to start the game.
The player throws the jack at a distance between 6 and 10 meters before throwing his first ball while trying to place it as close as possible to the jack.
The other player enters the circle and throws his ball by trying to place it even closer to the jack than the opponent’s ball or tries to chase it away by shooting it.
If he succeeds, it’s up to his opponent to play again. If not he must raise another ball until he takes the point or he has more balls to play.
As soon as the player has no more balls, the opponent plays his balls trying to place them as best as possible. Once both players have no more balls, count the points of the current round. Then it is up to the winning player to throw the jack, and the next round begins.
If a balls goes out of bounds of the ground it is discarded and will not be able to count in the score of the current round.
If the jack is out of bounds, the player must restart the field.
How to win at the petanque?
The first player with 13 points (or 7 points for the fastest games) in total wins the petanque game.
How to count the points at the petanque?
When no one has balls to throw, we look at which player has his ball closest to the jack. Only this player will score points for the current round.
To determine how much this player scores, we proceed as follows: the player winning the round scores as many points as he has balls placed closer to the jack than the opponent.
Here is an example to count the points at the end of a round: In this example the player 2 (black balls) have 2 points because its 2 balls are closer to the goal than the first ball of the player 1 (white balls). The red circle represents the area point for player 2, with each player 2 ball in this area wining 1 point.