Category Archives: (FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions

Lots of useful details and information for players at all levels.

(FAQ) What are some different tournament formats?

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There are lots of ways to have fun shooting pool. Tournaments are an excellent test of personal skills and courage. They can be a simple quickly assembled challenge among friends, a semi-formal arrangement run by the local pool hall or neighborhood bar – or even the more formal qualifiers or sponsored regional tournaments.

Formats will vary among the different venues – and the personal preferences of whoever is the designated tournament director. Here is a brief description of some common tournament formats and how they are put together. Continue reading

(FAQ) Why do pool players love pool?

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There are may aspects and elements of this game that almost defy description and definition. There is such a variety of complexity, and difficulty to a seemingly simple playing field. Yet, people’s lives have become entangled in the effort to jubilantly demonstrate greater mastery of the battle field over your opponents. Continue reading

(FAQ) How do you do a half-table length draw shot?

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When you are leaning how to draw, you know that the cue tip must be lowered so that the tip will contact the ball below the horizontal center line. This explanation excludes power draws and is useful for draws of around 3 to 6 diamonds when shooting at an object ball up to 2 diamonds away. Continue reading

(FAQ) Why is luck a big part of pool?

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Sometimes you hear a player say something similar to, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.” This kind of statement usually occurs after a bad roll, a scratch, a missed shot, or just plain less than expected ball behavior. Continue reading

(FAQ) Game Rules – 8 Ball

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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.

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(FAQ) How can you reduce miscues?

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Miscues occur when the cue tip contacts the cue ball and does not “grab”. When that happens, the tip slips off of the cue ball which then travels in strange directions. There is a certain sound that accompanies the miscue. If there are others around, everyone will look at you. The only way to get them to look away is to pretend it wasn’t you. Continue reading

(FAQ) How can you handicap 8 Ball with a friend?

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Here are some suggestions where the weaker player can still bang away at his best speed, and the stronger player (in this example is you) has to follow one or more of these restrictions. Playing straight up is too lopsided and the fun of playing quickly fades.

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