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Pool - Learn To Play

8 Ball Pool


The general idea for the 8ball pool game is very simple; a quick overview is below:

  • Each Player has their own ball set to pot (spots or stripes)
  • Your set of balls gets decided by who pots what first
  • Once you pot all your balls you need to pot the 8th ball
  • The first person who pots all his balls as well as the 8th ball wins the pool game.
  • If you pot the 8th ball first without potting all your balls, your opponent wins.

Starting the Game

8th ball pool is played with 15 balls and a cue ball. The goal of each player is to pocket their set of balls (solid: 1-7, or stripes: 9-15) and then to pocket the 8 ball. The first player to legally pocket the 8 ball wins the game. Players do not need to call their shots in this version of 8th ball. A player`s turn is over when they fail to pocket one of their balls or if they scratch. 


The break is made by Player 1, beginning from any point behind the Head String. The Head String is defined by an imaginary vertical line across the table at the rightmost spot. If Player 1 pockets a ball on the break, their set of balls (stripes or solid) is selected by the first ball. If Player 1 does not pocked a ball, Player 2 shoots and the table remains open until a ball is pocketed. 

Losing the game

A player immediately loses the game for any of the following reasons:

  • Pocketing the 8 ball when they are not shooting at the 8th ball
  • Scratching the cue ball while shooting at the 8 ball
  • Pocketing the cue ball and the 8 ball

9 Ball Pool


The general idea for the 9ball pool game are mainly very simple, a quick overview is below;

  • Pot the 9ball first
  • Pot or hit the balls in order as indicated
  • You can pot the 9ball off a target ball reflection

Starting the Game

9ball pool is played with 9 balls (1 to 9) and a cue ball. The goal is to legally pocket the 9 balls before your shot, but the first ball the cue ball hits must be the lowest numbered ball on the table. A players turn ends when they fail to pocket a ball or if they foul/scratch. 

The break is made by Player One, beginning from any point behind the Head String. Player One must hit the 1 ball with the cue ball first before hitting any other balls. Player One wins if they pocket the 9 ball on the break. 

A player must strike the lowest ball on the table first. 

If a player fouls for any of the reasons listed below, his turn at the table ends and the incoming player is awarded ball in hand anywhere on the table. Any object balls that he pocketed while fouling are spotted and the table is turned over to his opponent. Possible fouls are:

Pocketing the cue ball

Failure to strike the lowest ball on the table first

Failure to strike the lowest ball on the table at all

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