Learn The 8 Ball Pool Rules That Will Make You A Pro

8 ball pool rules are clear and easy. Take some notes from us and have the rules commited to memory. You could challenge anyone once you know the rules.

Just to be clear, all rules that will be stated in this article will only be applied in 8 ball pool. The game is consists of 16 overall balls on the table, the white cue ball, and 15 other objective balls. The objective balls will then be split into two teams, solid and stripes, the lower sets of the numbers will be all solid from 1-7 and the higher numbers will be the stripe balls 9-15. The player that pockets there set of balls first gets to pocket the black 8 ball in their selective pocket, if done without scratching the white cue ball, that person is then the victor of the game.

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The Proper Way To Rack In 8 Ball Pool

The Racking is done only one time in a game, it is also the first thing done to start the game off. A rack is a triangle-shaped object that is used to hold the 15 balls together in a triangle-shaped formation. In that formation, the 8 ball should be in the direct center of the racked balls, you should be able to count from 1-3 from either the top of the racked balls or the bottom and the 8 ball should be in the middle of that row in with you would both reach the third row.

Depending on the type of pool you’re playing the game will be racked differently, it can be in a strip then solid formation or a solid at one and a stripe at the other. The top of the triangle racked ball should be pointing directly at the center of the opposite side of the table, otherwise known as the head spot where the head string or breaking point is located.

The side the table that the balls are been racked from is called the foot spot in which we have the foot string bordered line as well.

Who breaks first 

The most common method of choosing which player breaks the game is to use the Lag breaking method. It is a simple method, Both players will use two white cue balls that are of the same weight and size, both players will hit the ball at the same count down of play, hitting the cue ball up and down the table and whichever player ball is closer to the baulk cushion wins and will determine who will break the game.

However, if a player scratches the pall in any pocket, the will automatically lose, if bothe players scratch the Lag method will be used back again. If you are at a bar or you just playing some pool with friends a simple coin toss can easily determine who breaks as well.

Executing A legal Break

The white cue ball must be behind the head string, the selective breaker should break and pocket and pocket a one or more balls without scratching the cue ball. If that was done in that format the player would then proceed to another shot, however, this time around you are going to have to call the shot you are then going to make.

8 ball pool is a call your play shot game, however, the only time a shot is made without you have to state the exact details of how the ball will be pocketed is when the game breaks.

Illegal Or Foul Breaks

If you break and pocket a few balls but the cue ball was pocked also, that’s a foul, the play would then go to the opposing player. If you break the game and no numbered balls were pocked just the cue ball, that’s a foul break as well, the opposing player then gets the opportunity to re-rack and break or continue the game as is. If breaking and a ball jump off the table that’s a foul as well and the opposing player gets to re-break or continue as well.

Even if its ball in hand once the game was fouled at the breaking and no player owns a specif solid or stripe ball, no ball that is behind the string should be played, that would consider a foul shot as well.

If  You Pocket The 8 Ball On The Break Shot

This question causes the most controversies at most games but answers will be solely depending on which rule you are following. There is the  BCA rules and APA rules and none the less we have our old fashion traditional pub rules of the game as well.

  • BCA Rules – Their way is once the eight ball is been pocketed at the breaking of the game the player does not win the game, that player can then ask for a re-racking of the game or for the ball to be spotted back on the table for the match to continue.
  • APA – Once the 8 ball is been pocketed at the breaking of the game without Scratching the cue ball, that player will be the victor of the game.
  • Pub Rules – If the 8 ball is been pocketed and the white cue ball still remains on the table, that player wins.

So now we see how it can be a bit confusing at times, never the less its most popular that you win once pocketed the 8 ball without scratching if you scratch you would loose as well.

Cue Ball fouls

There are many ways the cue ball can be fouled in the game, say you have a ball in hand advantage on the table, once you have spotted the ball on the table with your hand if you even slightly touch the cue ball with the tip it is going to be a foul. The only part of the cue stick that is permitted to touch the cue ball at that moment is the ferrule if done otherwise the opposing player gets a ball in hand as a result.

Any unauthorized movement of the cue ball once its not the ferrule of the cue stick been used to line the play will result in a foul play on the cue ball.

Calling Your Shots

All shots taken on the table should be calling, you should always state which selective ball will be pocked at all times in the game, the only time you don’t have to call the shot is if the shot is more than obvious. If its a bank shot you are attempting to execute please state how many banks it will be and which ball will be pocket and where. Fail to call your shot properly, it is going to be a miss play and the opposing player gets the advantage of ball in hand.

What to do if the ball goes off the table

It does not matter which ball goes off the table, all are considered as a foul shot in the game. The opposing player will then get a ball in hand however if that player makes a play before the ball is then been spotted back on the table, that will be a foul as well.

It is common to see that once a ball is been kicked off the table some players tend to pocket that ball after, which is an illegal call of the game as well, the ball must be spotted back on the centerline of the foot string on the table.

Foul Penalty

A foul penalty is given in the game when the player has broken any rules that uphold the game. This is done to keep the game very competitive so a player makes as less of them as possible or the opposing player will be granted a ball in hand advantage. That ball in hand advantage will then give them the privilege to spot the ball anywhere on the table of their choosing.

A Legal Win

A legal win occurs when a player pockets off all the balls in which they have on the table either all the solid or all stripe balls, that player then gets to pocket the eight ball in the selective pocket that they have to choose, once they have executed that without scratching the cue ball, that player is then the victor of that match.

8 Ball Pool Rules

  • A Player must have at least one feet on the grown before making their shot in the game or that will be considered as a foul play, giving a ball in hand advantage to the opposing player.
  • If The opposing player interacts with the player at hand in any form of way, that will be considered as a foul, if it’s even by just being too noisy beside the player at hand, its gonna be a foul call of distraction.
  •  Call all the difficult plays on the table before you make the shot.
  • If a shot is made and the cue ball does not contact with any ball on the table, that’s a ball in hand advantage for the opposing player as well.
  • On the break of the game, the cue ball must be behind the head string.
  • All miscue shots of the game are called a scratch, and will also give ball in hand.
  • Having the advantage of a ball in hand, if you were to accidentally touch another number ball on the table while spotting the cue ball on the table, this will be considered a scratch as well giving the opposing player the ball in hand advantage.
  • If a player attempts to do a jump shot and intentionally miscueing the ball in the air over the next ball will be a foul in the game. That play should be executed with an elevated cue striking the top half of the cue ball.
  • Pocketing the opposing player’s ball is also a foul.
  • Not Calling the pocket of your 8 ball last shot can result in you losing the game, even if you did not scratch unless its a super obvious shot, but players should get into the habit of calling all shots.
  • A cue ball scratch on pocketing the 8 ball will be a loss as well.