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 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 ...