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If my opponent sinks the black ball by their hand, do I win or carry on playing?

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You win.

There are different rule sets, but usually they're equal when it comes to illegally pocketing black: The opponent wins that game.

Example:

F. LOSS OF GAME

  1. Pocketing the 8-ball when it is not the legal object ball except on an opening break.

  2. Pocketing the 8-ball on the same stroke as the last of his group of balls.

  3. Jumping or knocking the 8-ball off the table at any time.

  4. Pocketing the 8-ball in a pocket other than the one designated.

  5. Fouling while (pocketing) the 8-ball in the designated pocket.

  6. Third infraction of the slow play rule.

  7. Pocketing the 8-ball and the cue ball on the break stroke. (This varies, if your league considers an 8-ball break a win.)

  8. Not correctly marking the pocket while pocketing the 8-ball.

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