8-Ball Pool Rules

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A few rules for eight-ball include racking the eight-ball in the center and the one-ball at the front, breaking the rack legally and choosing either stripes or solids to sink. Understand a few major rules to the game of eight-ball with information from an experienced billiards player in this free video on recreational sports.

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Hi, my name's Joe and I'm at Break Time Billiards in Wilmington, North Carolina. Today, we're going to talk about the general rules for playing eight ball. When you rack a game of eight ball, what is required is that the eight ball goes into the center, the one ball at the front, and you have to have a stripe ball at one edge and a solid ball at the other edge. The person who has won the break will break. What makes a legal break is you either have to pocket a ball in the break or you have to drive four balls to the break...I mean, to the rails. If, for any reason, that this does not happen, then the opposing player has the option of taking the break or having you break again. If you break the balls and knocked a ball off of the table, the ball that is knocked off the table stays pocketed, the balls are re-racked, and the...and then the player has the option of whether to have the player that just broke break again or for him to take the break. In call shots, you have to call each ball that you're shooting. If you pocket the ball in a wrong pocket, it comes back up. You have to be able to make a legal hit on a ball, driving a ball to the rail or the cue ball to the rail. If a foul occurs during the break, then the cue ball is in hand behind the headstring. If you foul during the course of the game, then the opposing player has cue ball in hand anywhere on the table that he wants to, and could shoot any ball in as he goes. After the break, the balls are open. You can shoot either a solid or a stripe. You can use a combination if you want to. Once you've decided which ones that you want, you have to sink all of your balls before your opponent sinks his, and then shoot the eight ball into whatever pocket you choose. Whoever makes the eight ball is the winner of the game.

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