The game is started by both players placing their numbered balls - one thru nine - and their white ball on the starting line at the bottom of the board. The white balls are the only balls that can cross over the center of the board. One player will have an all white ball, and the other will have a white ball with a black dot. The other balls do not need to be noted differently for they can only go to their designated spaces on the center of the board. When both spaces are filled on the center line they become neutral and can be used by either player.