8 Ball Pool Rules

The 8 Ball Pool game is a call shot game played with a cue ball and fifteen object balls, numbered 1 through 15. One player must pocket balls of the group numbered 1 through 7 (solid colors), while the other player has 9 through 15 (stripes). The player pocketing his group of balls first, then legally pocketing the 8 Ball, wins the game.

This popular table-top game has now been adopted online. The mobile version available on Gamezy follows the same criteria as mentioned above and you have to play against a real world online opponent.

Key Rules of 8 Ball Pool Game

  • Before the game begins, the object balls will be placed in a triangular rack and positioned at the lower end of the table so that the apex ball of the rack lies on the foot spot. The order of the balls will be random apart from the black 8-ball, which should be placed in the middle of the third row. The white ball should be placed anywhere behind the service line on the table.
  • The computer will randomly decide who breaks. After that, the break is taken in turns.
  • To make a legal break, the player must hit the balls and ensure that four balls hit cushions and that the cue ball doesn’t go down a pocket. If the 8-ball is potted on the break, the other player is entitled for a re-rack.
  • The first player to pot an object ball will then have to continue to pot the balls from that category (stripes or solids). The opposition player will have to pot the other group.
  • A player will continue to make shots until they foul, or fail to pot an object ball. Then it is the turn of the opposing player. Play continues like this for the remainder of the game.
  • If a player commits a foul, the opposition player is entitled to place the cue ball anywhere on the table. 
  • Once all of a player’s balls have been potted, they must then sink the 8 Ball. They must first designate which pocket they intend to pot the 8-ball in and then do as stated. Failure to do so will result in the opposition player returning to the table. If the player pots the 8 ball in any other pocket other than the nominated one, they forfeit the game.

Foul Rules in 8 Ball Pool Game

There are numerous fouls in the pool game. Some of the most common ones are:

  • Failing to hit your own object balls.
  • Hitting the cue ball off the table.
  • Potting one of the opposition’s objects balls.
  • Hitting the cue ball twice.
  • Pushing the cue ball rather than striking it.
  • A player taking a shot when it is not their turn.

FAQs on 8 Ball Pool Rules

Is 8 Ball Pool an Online Game?

Online 8 Ball Pool is available on Gamezy. It is played between two real world competitors and is one of the most often played pool games on the internet and in mobile phones.

Do You Win If You Sink the 8-Ball on a Break?

If you sink the 8 ball on the break, you don’t win. You either spot the 8 ball or re-rack. Traditionally, 8 ball is a “call shot” game. That means you have to choose the pocket where you’re shooting before taking your shot.

Do You Lose if Your Cue Ball Fails to Touch the 8-Ball?

When playing the 8-ball, you scratch. Note: If you are shooting at the 8-ball and miss it altogether without scratching, you have fouled and your opponent has ball-in-hand, but you don’t lose because of this foul.

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