Consumer Guide To Buying A Pool Table

Understanding The Most Popular Pool Games

Eight Ball
Eight Ball is a call shot game played with a cue and fifteen object balls, numbered 1 through 15. One player must hit the group of balls numbered 1 through 7 (solid colors) into the pockets and the other player has 9 through 15 (stripes).

The player who pockets his group of balls first and then legally pocketing the 8 ball wins the game. The choice of stripes or solids is not determined on the break, even if balls are pockets from one or both groups. The choice of group is decided only when a player legally pockets a called object after the break.

Nine Ball
Nine Ball is played with nine object balls and a cue ball. On each attempt the first ball the cue ball hits must always be the lowest numbered ball on the table, but the balls do not have to be pocketed in order. If a player pockets any ball on a legal shot, he remains at the table for another attempt until he misses, fouls, or pockets the nine ball.

After a miss, the next player must shoot from the positions left by the previous player, only after a foul the next player may begin with the cue ball anywhere on the table. The players do not have to call their shots. The match ends when one of the players has won the required number of games.

The balls must be racked in a diamond shape, with the one ball placed at the top of the diamond and on the foot spot. The nine ball is placed in the center of the rack. All other balls can be placed in random order.


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