8-Ball Rules
The game is played with a cue ball (the white ball) and fifteen object balls, numbered 1 through 15: 1-7 (solid colors), 9-15 (stripes) and 8-ball (black).
One player must pocket balls of solid colors, while the other player the striped ones. The player pocketing his group first and then legally pocketing the 8-ball wins the game.
Opening break
Choice of group
Before groups are determined, the table is said to be “open”.
If the shooter legally pockets a ball while the table is open (except on the break shot), the corresponding group becomes his, and his opponent is assigned the other group.
When the table is open, any object ball may be struck first except the eight ball.
Continuing play
A player is entitled to continue shooting until he fails to legally pocket a ball of his group. It is no foul if he fails but then the opposing player is next.
A player has to complete one shot in 60 seconds, otherwise a foul is called, and incoming player gets cue ball in hand.
When all balls of a player's group are pocketed then the 8-ball has to be pocketed.
If a shot is foul the opposing player gets the 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).
Losing the game
It is a loss of frame for the shooter if
These do not apply to the break shot.
Pro Mode
Pro rules can be activated in the "game and chat settings" of the game. (subscribers only)
Double hits are detected, and any double hit is a foul.
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