Pool billiards is probably the most popular game of billiards in the world. Simply put it is played on the pool table, which has six holes. When it comes to billiard tables, a distinction is made between coin tables, where you pay per game, and tournament tables, which are rented out on a temporary basis. The most common game on the coin table is 8-ball. Unfortunately, not all games can be played on the coin table, as it is necessary to rebuild sunk balls from time to time. There are therefore two rules of the game for the 8-ball. In tournament sport, a distinction is made between 8-ball, 9-ball, 10-ball and 14.1 endless, or as it is called in American: Straigth pool. 9-ball has been a very popular variant for years, as it has its charms, especially for beginners and amateurs, with a little luck you can win quickly against a better player. To complete and show the whole spectrum of pool billiards, we have also listed the Black Pool and One Pocket variants. Here are the brief instructions for the most common game variants
Probably the most common of all games is played with 15 numbered balls and the white one. One player has the full colored balls 1-7 (or also called full), the other has the striped balls 9-15 (or also called halves). The black eight is neutral. The player who was the first to correctly pocket the balls of his color may play on the figure eight. If this is also sunk correctly, the game is won. At the beginning the balls are built into a triangle with the figure eight in the middle. There must be a half and a full at the rear corners of the triangle. At the start, at least four colored balls must run into a band or one ball must be pocketed. If a ball falls, the player may continue to play. However, it has not yet been determined which group (full or half) he can / must play. This is basically done by correctly sinking a announced ball. With eight ball it must always be announced (in organized sport) which ball should be sunk into which hole. With each shot, either a ball must be correctly pocketed, or a ball must run into a gang after the collision. In the event of a foul, the opponent has the ball in hand and can place the whites where he wants. In the event of a foul (e.g. White flies off the table) on the break, the player must play from the head field. With the classic bar rule, there is no announcement. Here the recommendation is everyone sinks their balls and when playing on the eight you should announce the hole, but you can announce this again when you come back to the table, i.e. change the hole. This ensures that the game is fast and that more games are won (most of the time you lose because the figure eight is in front of a hole, so you have no other choice).
9-ball is the world's most widespread pool discipline, which is played according to a uniform mode. The game is played with balls 1 to 9 and the whites. The colored balls are built into a diamond, with the one at the front tip and the nine in the middle. The object of the game is to sink the nine into any pocket with one correct push. The player at the table must always play the ball with the lowest number first. If he sinks any ball afterwards, he can continue playing, otherwise the opponent comes to the table. The balls don't need to be announced. An important special rule can come into play immediately after the opening shot, namely if the player cannot play the ball with the lowest number directly. Then he can play “push out”. He can play the white anywhere. Then the opponent decides whether to take over the position himself or to let the person who played the "push-out" take over the table. If the opening stroke hits nine, the game is won. If the nine falls during the game, even unintentionally, the game is also won. In the event of a foul, “ball in hand” applies to the whole table.
10-Ball was only added to the discipline program a few years ago. It developed because the number of really good 9-ball players grew steadily and new challenges were sought. It's a combination of 9-ball and 8-ball. In order to contain the luck factor that is characteristic of 9-ball, each ball must be announced for a hole in the 10-ball. Otherwise you play the ball in the order in which it is numbered, starting with the lowest. Whoever sunk the 10 in accordance with the rules won. If the ten falls on the opening stroke, it is built up again. An important special rule can come into effect immediately after the opening stroke, namely if the player cannot play the ball with the lowest number directly. Then he can play “push out”. He can play the white anywhere. Then the opponent decides whether to take over the position himself or to let the person who played the "push-out" take over the table. If you sink a ball into an unannounced hole, it stays off the table and the opponent continues the game. In the event of a foul, “ball in hand” applies to the whole table.
In this game the ball and bag must also be announced. The game is played with 15 colored balls and the white one. There is no order, each ball can be pocketed. There is one point for each pocketed ball and whoever reaches a certain number of points first wins the game. A player can pocket a maximum of 14 balls. Before the 15th and last ball on the table can be sunk, the other 14 balls are built up again to form a triangle, with the front tip of the triangle remaining free. Once this has happened, the game continues. The 15th ball does not necessarily have to be played. But the rule is that after each collision either a ball has to be pocketed or it has to touch a board. In the opening shot, either a announced ball must be pocketed, or two colored players and the white player must touch a gang. Failure to do this will result in a penalty of two minus points. If the white player falls, the player must play from the head field. One point is deducted for each foul, 15 points are deducted for three consecutive fouls and the player must take a new opening kick under the same conditions as at the beginning of the game.