(FAQ) Game Rules - 9 Ball (Back Pocket)

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These series of "Game Rules' provide rules of many different games for the pool table. The rules here have been simplified from the official versions - to make them a little easier to understand.

There are other games that have been invented, copyrighted and generally available to the playing public. Web searches will turn these up and the rules printed out for use.

9 Ball (Back Pocket)

This 9 Ball game has overtones of one pocket.

Object

Make 9 ball in your designated corner pocket (at head of table).

Opponents

Two players.

Balls

Set of balls (1-9) plus the cue ball.

Racking

Regular 9 ball rack. (If 5 is also a money ball, place at bottom of rack.)

Breaking

Starting player determined by local rules (coin, lag, card draw, etc.)

A legal break is 4 balls to the rails or a ball made.

Player who does not break places a marker next to his pocket.

Regular play

Call ball and pocket.

If the 9 ball illegally pocketed, it is spotted.

Fouls

Penalty is end of turn and incoming player has ball in hand. (Option: cue ball fouls only – ball in hand)

  • No legal shot
  • Ball off the table
  • Scratch
  • Illegal ball touching (optional – moved balls can be replaced with opponent's approval and play continues with no penalty)

If 9 ball pocketed during a foul, it is re-spotted.

(Optional: 3 foul rule can apply.)

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