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# 8 Ball Pool Rules

By: Christopher Robinson

Break Studios Contributing Writer

Needing to know 8 ball pool rules? 8 ball is one of the most common pool games played in America. Knowing the rules will help you get a better understanding of the rules of the game. Below are the rules of 8 ball  pool.

1. Object of the game. 8 ball is played with fifteen object alls, the 8 ball, and the cue 8 ball. The first seven balls are colored (low balls), while the other seven are striped (high balls.) The player has to pocket the solid colored balls and the other player pockets the stripes. The first player to pocket ball their balls and then pocket the 8 ball wins.
2. The lag. The lag is when  two balls are put anywhere behind the line by the players. Whichever player shoots his/her 8 balls off the opposite short rail and lands closest to the rail wins the lag. This in return let's the winner choose whether he wants to break first, or wants the opponent to break.
3. The 8 ball. When playing the 8 ball, it has to always be hit by the cue ball. If it isn't hit by the cue ball and is pocketed, the player will receive a foul and the opponent is given the cue ball.
4. Losing the game. A player can lose the game if making any shot that results in the 8 ball being pocketed early, shot off the tale, or if it's pocketed in the wrong pocket. A player will also lose the game if they receive three fouls.
Posted on: Apr. 01, 2011