8 Ball Pool Tips and Tricks

8 Ball Pool is a popular online take on the real-world game of the same name. It is most often played between two people connected online over the internet on their mobile phones. The 8 ball pool game is also known as Billiards.

Eight-ball (also spelt 8-ball or eightball, and sometimes called solids and stripes, spots and stripes or highs and lows) is a pool billiards played on a billiard table with six pockets, cue sticks, and sixteen billiard balls: a cue ball and fifteen object balls. The object balls include seven solid-coloured balls numbered 1 through 7, seven striped balls numbered 9 through 15, and the black 8 ball. After the balls are scattered with a break shot, a player is assigned either the group of solid or striped balls once they have legally pocketed a ball from that group. The object of the game is to legally pocket the 8 Ball in a “called” pocket, which can only be done after all of the balls from a player’s assigned group have been cleared from the table.

Here are a few pointers to make your online game better, remember, it’s not possible to apply trick shots with a cue stick in the online 8 Ball Pool since the algorithm won’t allow that. But, still, a few tips can change your game and increase your chances of winning.

Top 8 Ball Pool Tips to Win Every Game:

The top 10 tips and tricks for 8 ball pool game are:

  • Keep an eye out for the common fouls
  • Multiple fouls resulting out of small mistakes
  • Learn how to add spin to the Cue Ball when taking a shot
  • Get better with your aiming
  • Use a single tap to aim
  • Shoot faster
  • Make sure your hands are not moist or slippery
  • Aim for easier targets
  • Disrupt your opponent’s chances
  • Power break

Keep an eye out for the common fouls:

Potting the 8 Ball before potting all your object balls will result in your opponent winning the game.

Potting the 8 Ball in any other pocket other than the chosen/designated pocket will also result in a foul and your opponent will win the game.

Multiple fouls resulting out of small mistakes:

Giving up the cue ball to your opponent because your shot clock ran out and you didn’t take a shot.

  • The Cue hitting the opponent’s ball.
  • Cue not touching your own ball at all.
  • Cue ball or object ball not hitting the rail around the table.

All these mistakes will result in your opponent getting to place the cue ball and taking an easy shot.

Learn how to add spin to the Cue Ball when taking a shot:

Even though this is not a real-world pool table and the physics are all computerised. You can still add some spin while taking a difficult shot. Spin can be Top Spin ( cue ball goes forward or in the same direction after hitting the ball), Back Spin ( cue ball comes back/ or in the opposite direction after hitting the ball), Right Spin (cue ball goes right after hitting the ball) & Left Spin (cue ball goes left after hitting the ball). It may sound simple, but the practical use of it is difficult. To get better at Spin, one has to practice more and more using the spin.

Get better with your aiming:

Even though you cannot physically line up the Cue stick and measure a shot with your eye-line and body. You can do something, a simple trick/cheat would be to have a small piece of paper with straight edge lines. Place the edge of the paper with the small aim lines and your aim is extended. But have in mind that you have limited time and do this quickly.

Use a single tap to aim:

There is an option in the settings of any online Pool Game where you can customize the setting for aiming. With this option, you can reposition the cue to aim the ball you want to hit with just one tap, rather than dragging the finger all over your phone screen. Tap to Aim doesn’t line up the aim for a perfect shot; one has to adjust the aim to perfectly pot the ball. It just helps in faster aiming and saves time.

Shoot faster:

There’s nothing worse in 8 Ball Pool than having your shot lined up just right then suddenly your turn is up before you’ve made your shot! Instead of a clock to time your shots, a little green square envelopes your avatar and starts counting down your time. To line up your shots quicker, do so by tapping and dragging on the pool table surface in front of the tip of the cue (this will move the cue faster), then make more precise shot adjustments by dragging from the cue’s handle until it’s positioned exactly where you want.

Make sure your hands are not moist or slippery:

This is a common problem, some of us sweat a lot and gaming under pressure can cause that. Calm yourself because the sweaty fingers can lock up on the screen and your drag and release might be affected on the cue stick, resulting in a poor shot or missing the shot completely.

Aim for easier targets:

If there are easy shots readily available for you to hit, then pot those balls before they are disrupted from that ideal position. When you play a pool game, your motive is to pot all your chosen balls before your opponent. So do not miss any chance to stay ahead of them in the game.

Disrupt your opponent’s chances:

If you do not have any shots to hit or you are sure that there is no way one of your balls could be potted, then hit one of your balls to nullify your opponent’s chances. Do this by moving their most obvious shots away from the potholes or land in a place where they cannot be hit properly.

Power Break:

If you get the chance to break, use your power and precision to break in such a way that you pot multiple balls. This is risky territory because you might also pot the cue and 8 balls, but the probability is low, so take your chances. There are numerous advantages to this when you play pool games.

FAQs on 8 Ball Pool Tips

Can you cheat in an 8 ball pool game?

Achieving cheats in 8 Ball Pool can be done in several ways but all are very technical and difficult: Each one hacks the game client itself using either a hacked APK or hacked iOS game app to be able to implement cheats into the game itself or one uses scripts, memory editors and other game hacking tools.

What is the best way to break in an 8 ball pool game?

Start by placing the cue ball all the way to the right on the Baulk line and aim directly at the fourth ball. Make sure your guidelines make a nice L shape. Add a bit of a backspin, bring the striking point every-so-slightly to the left, draw back your pool stick, and hit it with full force!

What is Cue in an 8 ball Pool game?

Every player is geared with this stick which is called the Cue in an 8 Ball pool game. This stick is used to strike the game balls with the cue balls. In some online games you can increase the power, precision, timing and spin ability of the cue stick, by using upgrades that have to be purchased.

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