In the 1930s, some U.S. cities banned the nine-pin bowling game because people were taking too much time off work to play it. Nine-pin bowling differs in many ways from the ten-pin game that most are accustomed to playing today. Nine-pin sets the pins in the shape of a diamond, as opposed to the customary triangle setup of ten pin. In the nine-pin game, the goal is to knock down all the pins, except the one in the middle (the King Pin), which is painted a different color from the other eight.
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