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- Object of the Game – Eight Ball 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 first and then legally pocketing the 8-ball wins the game.
- Racking the Balls – The balls are racked in a
triangle at the foot of the table with the 8-ball in the center of the
triangle, the first ball of the rack on the foot spot, a stripe ball in one
corner of the rack and a solid ball in the other corner.
- Legal Break Shot – (Defined) To execute a legal
break, the breaker (with the cue ball behind the headstrong) must either (1)
pocket a ball, or (2) drive at least four numbered balls to the rail. If he
fails to make a legal break, it is a foul, and the incoming players has the
option of (1) accepting the table in position and shooting, or (2) having the
balls re-racked and having the option to shoot the opening break himself. It
is not necessary to hit the apex ball (the ball that is on the foot spot) to
initiate a legal break in Eight Ball.
- Scratch on a Legal Break – If a player scratches
on a legal break shot, 1) all balls pocketed remain pocketed (exception, the
8-ball) 2) it is a foul 3) the table is open. Please note: Incoming player has
cue ball in hand behind the head string and may not shoot an object ball that
is behind the head string, unless he first shoots the cue ball past the head
string and causes the cue ball to come back behind the head string and hit the
- Open Table – (Defined) The table is “open” when
the choice of groups (stripes or solids) has not yet been determined. When the
table is open, it is legal to hit a solid first to make a stripe or
vise-versa. Note: The table is always open immediately after the break shot.
When the table is open it is legal to hit any solid or stripe or the 8-ball
first in the process of pocketing the called stripe or solid. On an open
table, all illegally pocketed balls remain pocketed.
- Choice of Group – The choice of stripes or solids
is not determined on the break even if balls are made from only one or both
groups. The table is always open immediately after the break shot. The choice
of group is determined only when a player legally pockets a ball after the
- Legal Shot – A player must cause the cue ball to
contact a legal object ball (i.e. any ball of that shooters numbers and then:
a) pocket a numbered ball, of that shooters series, b) cause the cue ball or
any numbered ball of that shooter to contact a cushion or any part of the
rail. Failure to meet these requirements is a foul.
- Foul Penalty – Opposing player gets cue ball in
hand. This means that the player can place the cue ball anywhere on the table
(does not have to be behind the head string except on opening break). This
rule prevents a player from making intentional fouls, which would put his
opponent at a disadvantage. With “cue ball in hand” the player may position
the cue ball on the table by hand (more than once if necessary). After placing
the cue ball, the shaft and ferrule of the cue stick (not the tip) may also be
used for positioning the cue ball for shooting.
- Combination Shots – Combinations shots are
allowed, however, the 8 ball or opponent’s ball cannot be used first in the
combination except when the table is open.
- Object Balls - Jumped Off the Table – If any
object ball is jumped off the table, it is a foul and loss of turn, unless it
is the 8 ball, which is a loss of game. Any jumped object balls are spotted in
numerical order according to General Rules for spotting balls.
- Playing the 8-Ball – When shooting at the 8-ball,
a scratch or foul is not loss of game if the 8-ball is not pocketed or jumped
from the table. Incoming player has cue ball in hand.
- Loss of Game – A player loses the game if he
commits any of the following infractions; a) Fouls when pocketing the 8-ball
(exception: see 8-ball pocketed on the break) b) Pockets the 8-ball on the
same stroke as the last of his group of balls c) Jumps the 8-ball off the
table at any time d) Pockets the 8-ball in a pocket other than the one
designated. 3) pockets the 8-ball when it is not the legal object ball.
- Stalemated Game – If in 3 consecutive turns at
the table by each player (6 turns total) they purposely foul or scratch and
both players agree that attempting to pocket or move an object ball will
result in immediate loss of game, then the game will be considered a
stalemate. The balls will then be re-racked and the breaker of the stalemated
game will break again. Please note: three consecutive fouls by one player is
not a loss of game.
Spotting Balls. When
specific game rules call for spotting balls, they shall be replaced on the
table on the long string
after the stroke is complete. A single ball is placed on the foot spot; if
more than one ball is to be spotted, they are placed on the long string in
ascending numerical order, beginning on the foot spot and advancing toward the
balls are on or near the foot spot or long string interfere with the spotting of
balls, the balls to be spotted are placed on the long string as close as
possible to the foot spot without moving the interfering balls. Spotted balls
are to be placed as close as possible or
frozen (at the referee's discretion) to such interfering balls,
except when the cue ball is interfering; balls to be spotted against the cue
ball are placed as close as possible without being frozen.
there is insufficient room on the long string between the foot spot and the foot
rail cushion for balls that must be spotted, such balls are then placed on the
extension of the long string "in front" of the foot spot (between the foot spot
and the center spot), as near
as possible to the foot spot and in the same numerical order as if they were
spotted "behind" the foot spot (lowest numbered ball closest to the foot spot).