The Most Popular Pool Games
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.
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
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.