One | The Game
The game shall be known as ‘’8 ball Pool’’ or ‘’Pool’’ or ‘’Pub Pool’’ and referred to in these rules as ‘’The Game’’. It is intended that the game is to be played in good spirit and in a sportsmanlike manner.
The game is to be played on a pub pool table with 16 balls.
Two | The object of the Game
The player or team pocketing all of their group of object balls in any order, and then legally pocketing the black ball, wins the game.
Three | Commencement of the game (or restart)
- The balls are racked as shown in the above picture with the black on the black spot.
- For the first Game, the order of play is determined by the flip of a coin. The ‘away’ player making the choice.
- The opening player plays the white ball at the object balls from the baulk. An object ball must be pocketed or if no balls are pocketed, at least two balls must pass the middle line of the table to be classed as a ‘’legal break.’’ Failure to do any of these is a foul break and will result in a re-rack with the opposing player restarting with two visits.
- If the black ball is pocketed from the break, the balls will be re-racked and the same player will restart the game. No penalty will be incurred even if a foul shot is played.
- If the white ball is pocketed on a legal break, it is classed as a non-standard foul which is penalised by the turn passing to the opponent. If the opponent pots a ball on the first visit there is no ‘’carrying shot.’’ If no balls are pocketed on the first visit, one more shot is allowed.
- Colours are determined by the first legally potted object ball. If one or more of each colour is potted from the break, the player must nominate their choice of colour.
- If a foul is committed before the groups are decided, then these balls are ignored in determining the groups to be played.
- After a foul, if a ball or balls are legally pocketed, this entitles the player to one additional shot until the player either –
- Fails to pocket one of their choice of balls.
- Commits a foul at any time.
Four | Standard Fouls
- White going in off.
- Hitting an opponent’s ball before hitting one of your own.
- Failing to hit any ball with the white.
- A jump shot.
- Hitting the black ball before hitting your own choice if there are any of your own choice remaining.
- Potting an opponent’s ball.
- Ball off the table –
- Any object ball or the black ball shall be returned to the black spot or as near as possible to that spot without touching any other ball or in a direct line between the black spot and the centre of the baulk line.
- If the white leaves the table, then it is placed on the baulk cushion and moved by the player.
- If a player’s body or clothing touches any ball.
- Players not having a part of one foot on the floor.
- Playing or touching with the cue any ball other than the white.
- Striking the white ball with any other part of the cue than the tip.
- Playing out of turn.
- Playing before all the balls have come to a rest.
- Playing before any balls require re-spotting.
- Striking the white with the cue more than once.
- Playing a push shot.
- Failing to nominate when required to do so.
- Foul break as defined in Rule 3.