How to Play 9-Ball

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Try 9-Ball once you've become familiar with 8-Ball. You'll need a little more finesse to pocket the balls in numerical order before your opponent does.

Things You'll Need

  • Billiard Lighting
  • Bridges For Pool
  • Cue Stick Chalk
  • Pool Balls
  • Pool Cue Carrying Cases
  • Pool Cues
  • Pool Table Covers
  • Pool Table Horsehair Brushes
  • Pool Tables
  • Pool Triangles
  • Put balls 1 to 9 on the table.

  • Rack balls 1 to 8 in a diamond shape with the 1-ball in front.

  • Put the 9-ball in the middle of the diamond shape.

  • Break.

  • Shoot at the lowest number ball on the table.

  • Shoot at the next-highest number ball if you sink the first ball.

  • End your turn if you hit the ball but don't sink it, or if you miss the ball entirely.

  • Let your opponent take his or her turn by placing the cue ball anywhere on the table to line up a shot.

  • Continue shooting in turn until the 9-ball is sunk.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you can hit the 9-ball in on a combo - hit the 1-ball into the 9-ball, for example - you can win the game quickly.

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