What are the most common 8-ball rules professionals play by?

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Learn how to play 8 ball pool like a pro! This article will teach you the basic fundamentals and give you a few key pointers while you’re at it. 8-Ball pool is the most popular pool game, boasting more than 30 million American 8 Ball players across the globe!

Eight-ball pool is commonly referred to as highs and lows, solids and stripes, or spots and stripes. Being that it’s so popular (you guessed it), it’s one of the easiest games to learn how to play.

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Here’s the 15 second break down:

Break the rack Choose whether you want to take solids or stripes. First person to pocket the 8-Ball last is the victor.

The Proper Way to Rack an 8-Ball Rack

The proper way to set up an Eight-Ball rack is to place the 8-ball in the middle and make sure that the back corner balls are of different types (stripes/solids). The top ball does not matter. Official BCA rules (below) state that you arrange the remaining balls randomly....

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I've seen several times where there were questions, comments and concerns with regards to the rules of the game and what's right and/or wrong. In most all of these cases, a simple look at the rules of the game answered the questions. While most players know these rules, it shouldn't be assumed that everyone does. This is the reason for this posting. Please note that I am

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part of Miniclips, or an Admin for this forum. I am simply another member of the forum, and what I have here is based on what I've seen, experienced or have obtained from questioning others.

You can find a complete web-based copy of the official WORLD POOL-BILLIARDS ASSOCIATION rules here:

As Miniclips 8-Ball is an online game, however, most of the rules listed in the above referenced official accounting are automatic and/or not possible. (i.e. lagging is not used, one foot does not have to touch the floor, etc...).

In order to simplify things for our online community,...

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8-ball pool is played using 15 balls numbered 1 to 15. First 7 numbered balls are solids while balls from 9 to 15 are stripes, with 8 being the black ball. In 8-ball pool, for a shot to be legal a player can only pot his own set of balls and cannot directly touch either the 8 ball or the other set of balls. A legal 8 ball shot can be played only when a player pots all the balls belonging to his set or if any ball indirectly touches the 8 ball. However the player looses if the 8 ball is potted without potting the complete set of balls. It is comparatively slower game than 9-ball pool and its popular variant is 8-ball rotation pool.

Please check out a detailed post I did about popular pool cues sports and the rules and...

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3. Eight Ball

3. Eight Ball
Eight ball is played with fifteen numbered object balls and the cue ball. The shooter’s group of seven balls (one through seven or nine through fifteen) must all be off the table before he attempts to pocket the eight ball to win. Shots are called.

3.1 Determining First Break
The player winning the lag has the option to determine who has to execute the first break shot. (See 1.2 Lagging to Determine Order of Play.) The standard format is alternate break (See Regulation 16, Subsequent Break Shots.)

3.2 Eight Ball Rack
The fifteen object balls are racked as tightly as possible in a triangle, with the apex ball on the foot spot and the eight ball as the first ball that is directly below the apex ball. One from each group of seven will be on the two lower corners of the triangle. The other balls are placed in the triangle without purposeful or intentional pattern..


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Eight-ball (often spelled 8-ball or eightball, and sometimes called solids and stripes, spots and stripes in the UK[1] or, more rarely, bigs and littles/smalls or highs and lows) is a pool (pocket billiards) game popular in much of the world, and the subject of international professional and amateur competition. Played on a pool table with six pockets, the game is so universally known in some countries that beginners are often unaware of other pool games and believe the word "pool" itself refers to eight-ball. The game has numerous variations, mostly regional. Standard eight-ball is the second most competitive professional pool game, after nine-ball, and for the last several decades ahead of straight pool.

Eight-ball is played with cue sticks and 16 balls: a, and 15 consisting of seven striped balls, seven solid-colored balls and the black 8 ball. After the balls are scattered with a, the players are assigned either the group of solid balls or the stripes once a ball from a...

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8-Ball is a very popular game worldwide. However, as you noted in your question, there are competing sets of rules. Unlike other sports, there is no single authority for pool that sets the rules for this game.

The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) is probably the most geographically widespread of the tournament organizations. The Association is made up of 6 regional confederations around the world. (The Billiard Congress of America (BCA) is one of these 6 confederations.) The WPA is a member of the World Confederation of Billiard Sports, which is representing cue sports to the International Olympic Committee in an attempt at inclusion in the Olympics.

The WPA publishes World Rules of Play for various games, including 8-Ball.

The American Poolplayers Association (APA) claims to be the world's largest pool league, in terms of number of members. In addition to the United States, they have affiliates in Canada and Japan. They publish an 8-Ball & 9-Ball Game...

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This article is about the American-style game. For the British-style game often called "8-ball pool", see

Blackball (pool)

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Eight-ball (often spelled 8-ball or eightball, and sometimes called solids and stripes, spots and stripes in the UK[1] or, more rarely, bigs and littles/smalls, highs and lows, halves and wholes) is a poolgame popular in much of the world, and the subject of international professional and amateur competition. Played on a pool table with six pockets, the game is so universally known in some countries that beginners are often unaware of other pool games and believe the word "pool" itself refers to eight-ball. The game has numerous variations, mostly regional. Standard eight-ball is the second most competitive professional pool game, after...

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Download a free copy of Official 8-Ball Rules (PDF File)

1.0 OBJECT OF THE GAME

8-Ball is played with a cue ball and fifteen object balls, numbered 1 through 15. Balls 1–7 are solid colors and commonly referred to as “low balls”, and balls 9–15 are striped and commonly referred to as “high balls.” One player must pocket balls of solid colors, while the other player must pocket the striped balls. The player who pockets their entire group and then legally pockets the 8-ball wins the game.

2.0 LAG FOR BREAK

The player with the lowest official UPA Speed (Rating) shall break first with an alternating break format taking place thereafter. In the event that two players with equal Speeds play, a “Lag for Break” shall determine who breaks first with an alternating break format taking place thereafter. Winner of lag is the player whose ball is closer to head of the rail.

2.1 How to Rack

To begin the game of 8-ball, the 15 colored balls are placed...

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1. General Rules

1. General Rules
The following General Rules apply to all the games covered by these rules except when contradicted by specific game rules. In addition, the Regulations of Pool Billiards cover aspects of the game not directly related to the game rules, such as equipment specifications and organization of events.

The games of Pool Billiards are played on a flat table covered with cloth and bounded by rubber cushions. The player uses a stick (pool cue) to strike a cue ball which in turn strikes object balls. The goal is to drive object balls into six pockets located at the cushion boundary. The games vary according to which balls are legal targets and the requirements to win a match.

[Editorial comments on the U.S. English version: The masculine gender has been used for simplicity of wording and is not intended to specify the gender of the players or officials. The word “game” is used to refer to a discipline such as nine ball rather than a...

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Download a free copy of Official 9-Ball Rules (PDF File)

1.0 OBJECT OF THE GAME

The cue ball must strike the lowest numbered ball first for a legal hit to occur. After the lowest ball is struck first, either the cue ball or any numbered ball may hit the 9-ball into any pocket for the win. If the shooting player pockets the lowest numbered ball or any other numbered ball after a legal hit, the shooting player continues his/her inning. If no ball is pocketed, either the cue ball or any numbered ball must touch a rail after the cue ball contacts the lowest numbered ball for the shot to be legal.

NOTE: If the 9-ball is pocketed illegally, then it is to be spotted on the foot spot with the incoming player having ball in hand.

2.0 LAG FOR BREAK

The player with the lowest official UPA Speed (Rating) shall break first with an alternating break format taking place thereafter. In the event that two players with equal Speeds play, a “Lag for Break” shall...

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The following is the general pool rules. Also available are rules for: 8-Ball, 9-Ball, 14.1 Continuous and Snooker.

1. TABLES, BALLS, EQUIPMENT.

All games described in these rules are designed for tables, balls and equipment meeting the standards prescribed in the BCA Equipment Specifications .

2. RACKING THE BALLS.

When racking the balls a triangle must be used, and the apex ball is to be spotted on the foot spot. All the balls must be lined up behind the apex ball and pressed together so that they all have contact with each other.

3. STRIKING CUE BALL.

Legal shots require that the cue ball be struck only with the cue tip. Failure to meet this requirement is a foul.

4. FAILURE TO POCKET A BALL.

If a player fails to pocket a ball on a legal shot, then the player's inning is over, and it is the opponent's turn at the table.

5. LAG FOR BREAK.

The following procedure is used for the lag for the opening break. Each...

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Golf: Most Common Rules

The “Rules of Golf” is an extensive publication by the USGA, please become familiar with all the rules of the game. This page will explain some of the common rules and situations and options that you will most often be confronted with, during a normal round of play.

Golfers have a devotion to the rules unlike any other game and that is what makes golf so much more different and the rules and the etiquette are the game not just a part of it.

Stroke play vr Match play: In STROKE PLAY the competitor who plays the stipulated round or rounds in the fewest strokes is the winner. In MATCH PLAY the game is played by holes. A hole won by the side which holes its ball in the fewest strokes, with the winner being the side which is leading by a number of holes greater than the number of holes remaining to be played.

General Rules:

Have an identifying mark on your ball. If you cannot...
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Before reading these, you should consult the General Rules of Pocket Billiards. Except when clearly contradicted by these additional rules, the General Rules of Pocket Billiards apply when playing 8 Ball.

8 Ball Rules - How to Play 8 Ball

This page contains references to some material that is copyrighted by the Billiard Congress of America. Any modification or sale of such information herein is strictly prohibited by the laws governing that copyright. Please direct questions regarding interpretation of the following, or information on how to receive the current BCA "Billiards - The Official Rules and Records book" to the Billiard Congress of America.

If there are any terms throughout the 8 ball Billiards rules that you do not understand, you can search our billiard terms glossary in the search box near the top left of the page, or search the billiard terms glossary directly. I have also included the Billiard Congress of America's reference numbers, so that...

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