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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?

One official source: WPA rulebook. Rule 3.8c says that the shooter loses if he pockets the eight ball in an uncalled pocket. Furthermore, Rule 3.6 says that every shot must be called (except for the ...
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Sinking opponent's ball

Assuming that you have not committed a standard foul otherwise, sinking the opponent's ball is not a foul in itself, so my interpretation of it is that you can continue with the game as you would have ...
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Why call 'safety' if the turn will pass to the opponent anyway after failing a called shot?

Calling a safety guarantees that the turn will pass to your opponent, even if you make a ball. This can be helpful when you know that you will make your ball, and then leave yourself in an untenable ...
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When shooting the 8-ball, can it bounce off another ball into a pocket if it is called?

In the USPPA Official 8-ball pool rules it says the following: 9.0 LOSS OF GAME 9.1 Opponent Wins The opponent legally pockets the 8-ball. 9.2 8-Ball Foul An 8-ball foul occurs ...
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Pool table sizes and minimum play area

TL;DR: Your room is too small to allow you to easily play pool. These are the table dimensions and their respective recommended room dimensions: Biliards and table bowls 260cm x 130cm table ...
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What happens when all the same color balls (solids or stripes) go in on the break?

Looking at the rules page of the World Pool-Billiard Association, your understanding is right. For the break, Groups are not yet determined. 3.3 (b) No ball is called, and the cue ball is not ...
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What happens when 2 balls partially fall into a pocket and then get stuck?

The Billiard Congress of America has a rule for a "jawed balls" situation: 3.33 JAWED BALLS If two or more balls are locked between the jaws or sides of the pocket, with one or more ...
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What does "Race to X" mean?

According to Wikipedia, the term race in billiards means: A predetermined, fixed number of games players must win to win a match; "a race to seven" means whomever wins seven games first wins the ...
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Eight-ball or black ball pool rules

The rules as defined at UPA are: 11.5 Hanging Ball If an object ball hangs in a pocket and drops in 5 seconds or less after coming to complete rest by the hole, the ball is considered to be ...
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Sinking cue ball after the 8 ball in pool

According to Wikipedia, a player will win if The opposing player commits any foul, including scratching the cue ball into a pocket, or knocking it off the table, in the course of a shot that pockets ...
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Is it easy to learn how to use an American pool cue if you're a snooker player?

I've been through exactly that experience. I expected to find it weird, but did not - proportionally, it's almost the same. In fact, what does feel strange is playing with a 9mm snooker cue, hitting ...
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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?

TL;DR: you're not playing under any even reasonably recent version of the English Pool Association rules, so we can't answer the question. Under current English Pool Association rules (which are the ...
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8-ball call shot rules when more than one ball is scored

In the World Pool-Billiard Association rules of 8-Ball, you only call one ball and one pocket on each shot. As long as that ball falls into that pocket, your turn continues. If it does not, your ...
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Who wins if an opponent's last ball is pocketed while pocketing the 8-Ball?

There are multiple official rule books for 8-Ball. However, I believe that WPA, APA, and VNEA rules all agree on this. Assuming that the 8-ball pocket was called correctly, and that the 8-Ball was ...
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Cleaning Oil/Grease on Felt Pool Table

Personally, I would forget cleaning and get the table reclothed. You may get the stains out, but the oils can damage the material in a way that can affect the playing surface.
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What constitutes a legal safety shot in 8-ball pool?

If you go by http://www.epa.org.uk/wrules.php I think that your shot was a foul according to rule 1 b in section G on Legal Shots. On all shots, the player must: a. Cause the Cue Ball's ...
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Is it a win if the 8 ball bounces off opponents ball before making the called pocket?

From WPA rules, the general rule for all types of called shot games contains: 1.6 Standard Call Shot In games in which the shooter is required to call shots, the intended ball and pocket must be ...
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Cue ball foul in 8 ball

From the rule book: Driven off the Table A ball is considered driven off the table if it comes to rest other than on the playing surface but is not pocketed. A ball is also considered ...
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Accidentally striking a ball with the cue after the first successful shot

Under World Pool-Billiard Association rules, a shot ends when the balls stop moving. Therefore, the foul would be on the next shot. This type of foul is called a Touched Ball, and in 8-Ball, it ...
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What happens when both players are on the black ball?

By Pool, I take you are referring to a game of 8-ball (there are many variations of billiards games). As for your question, there are a few different ways that a player can foul on the eight ball. ...
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8 ball Pool: Left only with black ball

It depends what rules you play by. By Official pool rules, you would have ball in hand as they committed a foul. 3.9 Standard Fouls If the shooter commits a foul, play passes to his ...
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Pool table sizes and minimum play area

A standard pool table is 5 feet by 10 feet, leaving 1.5 feet at each side of it, if installed in your room. The average person would struggle to walk around your table, let alone play on it. There are ...
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When playing pool, where can I shoot the eight ball to win?

Thinking that the application be referred to the game eights-ball, the Regulation provides that the black ball is pocketed after you holed out his 7 balls. According with World Pool-Billiard ...
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Changing a call on a pocket for an 8 ball

In BCA eight ball each players calls ball on pocket on each shot and each shot is considered different. The choice of pocket from the player's previous shot has no effect on the choice of pocket for ...
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Shooting eight-ball legally and sank the opponent's ball instead, what happens?

It is your opponent's turn. You were on the 8 and designated the pocket. With the cue ball, you struck your ball first, the 8 ball, which is the 1st requirement for a legal hit. A ball - as in any ...
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How is an L77 pool/snooker table bumper mounted to the rail?

Neither, it is mounted just like it is shown in the diagram. The 0.75" side is mounted to a flat rail and the long side is extends in line with the top of the rail. Like so: You can see an example of ...
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Pool table sizes and minimum play area

Use this to visualize it. You need more space to make shots against the rail, even for a 7-foot (bar size) pool table. If it's just for fun or if you have shorter pool cues, you might be able to get ...
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How did the term 'English' originate? (spin on a ball)

According to this answer the story goes that an enterprising gentleman from these shores travelled to the United States during the latter part of the last century and impressed the Americans with a ...
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In 8 ball, can I call the same pocket with my opponent for the last ball?

The U.S. 8-Ball Rules do not contain any such rule; in theory you would have to read the entire rulebook to prove the negative, but Rule 6 "Call Pocket" is probably a good section to quote if you want ...
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