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Questions tagged [pool]

Questions about the cue sport formally known as pocket billiards or pool billiards. Please try and specify which the exact set of rules the question refers to.

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Sinking my last ball with a back shot where cue ball bounces back to to pot the black ball

After pocketing the last ball, the cue ball bounces back to pot the 8 ball, leaving my opponent with 4 object balls. In this situation, who is considered to be the winner? Is it the the opponent or ...
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Is chalking a snooker/pool stick a recent habit?

I was watching this video from 1987, so I wonder if chalking the stick is a recent discovery that they didn't know about back then? Jimmy is drinking beer and frustrated but John is shooting very ...
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What happens on a miscued break that scratches in the pocket without moving a ball?

Say I'm breaking in a nine-ball game. I miscue and I don't hit any balls on the table and I scratch on the opposite corner pocket. Who takes control of the break? Do I still have control or does my ...
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What constitutes a legal safety shot in 8-ball pool?

In a recent friendly game, I successfully snookered my opponent between the rail and one of my balls. To achieve this, I played the cue ball off a single rail and ended up touching my own ball before ...
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What's the average weight of a professional's Cue stick?

As I have observed my Cue action is better with a heavier stick but I kind of feel good with a relatively lighter one. What's the average weight of a professional's Cue stick as I'm in early stages ...
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What happens when 2 balls partially fall into a pocket and then get stuck?

In a recent game of pool, my opponent hit a shot that resulted in 2 balls getting stuck in between a pocket's walls. They were both still touching the table surface, while at the same time partially ...
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Sink both black and white ball [duplicate]

When playing pool if you sink the black ball and the white one goes in right after, do you win or lose?
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8 ball hitting another ball in a game of pool [duplicate]

if I call my pocket for an 8 ball shot. I shoot my 8ball toward the pocket. its going toward the pocket but hits another ball that's on the table and still goes in do you lose the game. not a combo ...
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Do you lose in 8 ball pool if the 8 ball hits another ball [duplicate]

Regular 8 call pocket pool you are on the 8 ball for the win. You call your pocket. You shoot and hit the 8 ball. It's going for the pocket you called, but hits another ball on the way and still goes ...
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Cleaning Oil/Grease on Felt Pool Table

I recently bought a used felt top pool table from someone that had it in their workshop. They had started using it more like a table, so it got rather dirty with general debris, but also oil and ...
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use 8 ball to clear pocket [closed]

Two balls on table. Opponents ball blocking pocket and 8 ball used to sink opponents ball to clear pocket and then sink the 8 ball behind it in the same shot. Is this a legal shot?
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In pool, what happens if the last coloured ball and the white are sunk in the same shot?

When a person sinks the last coloured ball plus the white ball, while the black ball is remaining, is that game over or does the opposition player gets one shot on the black from the baulk line?
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American billards, foul in last ball (black)

I searched a lot about last ball fouls, but I couldnt conclude any answers. I got two scenarios: If only black ball remains and Player A fouls, what does Player B do? Can player B do free-shot? I ...
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What is the origin of the term 'on the hill' in pool?

In pool it is often said by the commentators that a player/team is "on the hill", or if the match goes to the last rack: a "hill-hill game". Where were these terms first coined, and by whom? The ...
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8 ball (i have solids) can I hit solid, stripe and then make a solid legally i.e.agood hit?

8 Ball - when shooting 8 ball (I have solids) can I hit solid, stripe and then make a solid legally i.e. a good hit?
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Starting a social pool club at work

I work for a large company with a good social focus. I'm thinking of starting a weekly pool club for the interested. I've found a decent venue where we can go to have an informal get together, but ...
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Sinking cue ball after the 8 ball in pool

When I designate the pocket I'm putting the 8-ball and I am successful and then follow it in with the cue ball - do I still win?
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When shooting the 8-ball, can it bounce off another ball into a pocket if it is called?

If I am shooting the 8-ball for a win, and my opponent has a ball near the pocket I'm aiming for, can I call something like "8-ball off the 2 ball into the corner pocket"? I thought this was allowed, ...
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Who wins if an opponent's last ball is pocketed while pocketing the 8-Ball?

During a 8 Ball Pool game when I potted the black ball it hit the opponents last Coloured ball and it went into a pocket. Who wins the frame?
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Black Ball: Can a player win a game by first hitting an opponents ball on a free shot?

In a game where where player 1 is on black and player 2 still has balls remaining on the table. Given the scenarios where player 2 commits a foul giving player 1 a free shot, then on that free shot ...
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What is Safety Play? [duplicate]

I found this rule 2-8 Safety Play Prior to any shot except the break, you may declare a safety. On a safety, your inning ends after the shot regardless of whether you pocket any ball. If you ...
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In 8 ball, can I call the same pocket with my opponent for the last ball?

Assume that there are two balls left on the table (black and white). Can I call the pocket which is called by my opponent in his turn? We do not allow it, but we are not sure where the rule is coming ...
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8-ball: is it a foul if the shooter doesn't touch the call shot ball?

I'm not sure if this is covered by the 6.2 Wrong Ball First. Basically I want to know if it's a foul in this case/example: the shooter is assigned the stripes group the shooter calls the shot: ball ...
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Is it easy to learn how to use an American pool cue if you're a snooker player?

The only cue sports I have good experience of are Snooker and British pool. For these cue sports one usually play with a 9mm tip. Even though American pool balls are slightly bigger and heavier than ...
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8 ball - Does order of pocketed balls matter?

In 8 ball, if neither group has been claimed yet and a player makes a shot, pockets a solid ball, then pockets the cue ball all on the same turn (in that order), is that player solids or do both ...
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8-ball pool: can you call an object and the eight-ball in the same shot? [duplicate]

In playing 8-ball pool, if you have only your final object ball remaining, can you call the object ball and the 8-ball at the same time, as long as the object ball is pocketed first, and win the game?
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Is an intentional foul in “killers” pool considered cheating?

I was playing "killers", the billiards variant in Ireland a while ago. I was left with one life left and I did not feel I had a shot to sink any balls, so I decided I'd use my shot to make the next ...
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Ball in hand on the black - where can it go? [duplicate]

If I made a foul (such as scratching the cue ball), my opponent has the ball in hand. Where can they place it, if they are on the black?
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When playing pool, where can I shoot the eight ball to win?

If there are no balls on the table, other than the eight ball and the cue ball. In order to win the game, does the player have to shoot the cue ball down the table to hit the eight ball or can the ...
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Pool table sizes and minimum play area

I'm looking to install a pool table but I'm not sure if it is possible in the space I have. The area is 8.5' by 17'. Would this be enough room to play any sized table without play being hindered?
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In UK Pool rules, what happens if both players are on black and a player deliberately taps the white 1cm forward into nothing?

In UK Pool rules, what happens if both players are on black and a player deliberately taps the white 1cm forward into nothing? As I play, this is a foul but as the next player is on black they do not ...
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8 ball Pool: Left only with black ball

What happens if I have only the 8 (black) ball left to pot and my opponent who has a colored ball scratches the cue ball? Do I get a ball in hand or do I have to try potting the black ball from behind ...
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Eight Ball or black ball Pool rules

In 8 ball pool what is the penalty if i play my group ball and another one of my group balls falls into the pocket without being touched ?
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In 8 ball can a player place the cue ball behind the head string and then directly pot a ball which is also behind the string?

Section 3.9 of the WPA Pool Billiards rules lists Bad Play from Behind the Head String as a standard foul for 8 ball. However, when you actually read Section 6.11 Bad Play from Behind the Head String, ...
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What happens when all the same color balls (solids or stripes) go in on the break?

I played on a pool league (TAP league, 8-ball) a few years ago and some of us pondered what would happen according to the rules if a pool player made either all solids or stripes on the break (but not ...
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What does “Race to X” mean?

A local pool hall features weekly 8-ball and 9-ball double-elimination tournaments, and the different tournaments are described as: Race to 4 Race to 4/3 Race to 2 What do these terms mean?
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Cue ball foul in 8 ball

We had a game the other night where the cue ball jumped off the table rolling on the wood surface and then hitting the metal silver lining around the pocket and returned to the bed of table, and I ...
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Why call 'safety' if the turn will pass to the opponent anyway after failing a called shot?

In 8-ball pool, if I fail a called shot, the turn passes to my opponent. There is also the option of calling safety, in which case the turn will pass to my opponent as well. What is the advantage of ...
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In 8-ball, do I win if I shoot in the 8 ball and my last ball in the same shot?

If I am able to shoot in the 8-ball and my last object ball in a single shot and I call the 8 ball in a pocket, do I win? Does the order in which the 2 balls leave the table matter?
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Accidentally striking a ball with the cue after the first successful shot

In 8-Ball, after a break where no balls were sunk, the next player takes their turn. They successfully sink a ball and the balls have stopped moving, but while moving away from the table for the next ...
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8-ball call shot rules when more than one ball is scored

If a player intends to score more than one ball in a single shot does he/she need to call all the balls he/she wants to score or just one of them? I.e. I want to score ball 1 and 2 on a single shot, ...
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What happens when both players are on the black ball?

In 8-Ball Pool, when you are on the black ball, if you foul (eg. don't hit the black ball), the other player doesn't get 2 shots because they are on the black ball. What stops both the players from ...
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Sinking opponent's ball

In 8-ball, if you sink the opponent's ball while sinking your own, do you keep playing, hand over play, or is it considered a foul?
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What set of rules say that scratching requires the player to take another ball out of a pocket?

From time to time I stumble upon pool players who think/thought the rule is to take a ball (other than the cue ball) out of the pocket every time you scratch but none of them knew where that rule came ...
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What are the most common 8-ball rules professionals play by?

There must be some sort of agreed upon general rules, which most professionals are accustomed to when competing internationally. The only set of rules I've crossed were (APA) American Pool ...
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Would the cue ball on top of a rail still be considered legal and playable?

In reference to the image below, the cue ball rested on top of a rail after my opponent attempted a shot. During a different game, I shot the cue ball on top of a rail (to avoid other solid and ...
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Jumping a cue ball

When I want to jump the cue ball, I point the cue stick at the bottom of the ball and attempt to make a solid strike. A few results have been typical for me: a mishit (most common), the ball goes left ...