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Pool rules and regulations are fairly straight forward and vary depending on what type of game you're playing. Learn some of the basic pool rules from a professional pool player in this free video on billiards.

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Hi, my name is Sal Butera, professional pool player, and owner of Butera's Billards in Moorpark, California, and today we're going to discuss one of the biggest changes in pool table rules over the last twenty years. Basically, anytime that the ball - cue ball - comes into contact with an object ball, after contact one of, either the cue ball or object ball must contact the rail. If this doesn't happen, it's considered a foul, and is a ball in hand, that your opponent can come in and put the cue ball anywhere they like on the pool table. Also, any scratch in the pocket where the cue ball goes in also constitutes being able to place the cue ball anywhere you like on the pool table. Throughout the game, after contact's been made and you've just determined whether you're solids or stripes, when the game is ending, the official end of an eight ball game is pocketing the eight ball, calling the shot, and pocketing in the correct pocket. This'll cost you winning the game. if the eight ball is shot in during the game out of turn, or into the wrong pocket, or scratched on, that'll cost you loss of game. In nine ball, you always shoot in rotation, the one through the nine. The game is ended when the nine ball is made in the correct pocketed order, or is made early by contacting the lowest ball in succession.


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