GAME RULES

8-Ball

1. Set up the rack like this...

2. The first player hits the cue ball into the rack. This is known as the break. 4 of the balls in the rack must bounce off the cushion. Anything less and it's a foul.

3. The objective of the game is to pot either the spot or striped balls using the cue ball. If none of them end up in the pockets following the break, then the two players exchange shots until one of them drops. If a player pots a stripe, then the striped balls are now allocated to that player. It becomes that player's objective to pot all the stripes and then eventually the black ball in order to win. Vice versa with the spots.

4. If a player fails to pot, the opposing player comes to the table. Keep potting the right balls and you'll stay at the table.

5. A foul can occur in a number of ways and results in the opposing player having the ball in hand (meaning that they can place the cue ball anywhere on the table for their next shot).

6. A foul can be given for failing to hit any ball on the table with the cue ball, hitting the cue ball into a ball that isn't designated to you before any other one or potting the cue ball accidentally. 

7. A player will automatically lose the match if they accidentally pot the black ball before they've potted all of their designated balls or if they pot the cue ball and black ball in the same shot. Hitting the black ball off the table is another way to immediately hand your opponent victory.

8. The game can also be played in pairs. Good luck!

ENGLISH POOL

1. Set up the rack like this...

2.The Break - Player A must place the white ball behind the line and hit the pack. A minimum of four balls must hit a cushion otherwise it is a foul break.

3. If player A pots on the break when they are on that colour for the rest of the game. If player A pots a red and a yellow, then player A can choose which colour they want.

4. If no balls are potted off the break then the table is open for player B to attempt reds or yellows. Once either player pots a ball, they remain on that colour and the same player gets another shot. When that player misses, the other player takes a turn and this continues until one player clears all their balls and the eight-ball. The eight-ball must be the last ball potted to win the game.

5. In the event of a foul, the opposing player receives two shots and these shots carry (i.e. if a ball is potted on the first shot, the player still has two shots). When a player gets two shots, they can pick up the white ball and place it anywhere behind the line.

6. The following shots are classed as fouls: 

a. Hitting a ball which you are not supposed to hit (i.e. opposition colour or the eight-ball out of sequence) or missing all the balls on the table.

b.Potting a ball which you are not supposed to pot (i.e. opposition colour)

c. A ball jumping off the table

d.Potting the white ball

7. If the eight-ball is potted before a player’s colours are potted, that player loses the game.

8. When on the eight-ball, if the player pots it but also fouls, that player loses the game.

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