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Pool, also more formally known as pocket billiards or pool billiards , is the family of cue sports .
1. Pool
Pool, also more formally known as pocket billiards (mostly in North America) or pool billiards(mostly in Europe and Australia), is the family of cue sports and games played on a pool table having six receptacles called pockets along the rails, into which balls are deposited as the main goal of play. Popular versions include eight ball and nine ball. An obsolete term for pool is six pocket.
2. Pool Game types
There are hundreds of pool games. Some of the more well known include eight ball, nine ball, ten ball, straight pool, one pocket and bank pool.
There are also hybrid games combining aspects of both pool and carom billiards, such as American four ball billiards, cowboy pool and bottle pool.

  • 1 Eight ball
  • 2 Nine ball
  • 3 Three ball
  • 4 One pocket
  • 5 Bank pool
  • 3. General Rules
    The following General Rules apply to all the games covered by these rules except when contradicted by specific game rules. In addition, the Regulations of Pool Billiards cover aspects of the game not directly related to the game rules, such as equipment specifications and organization of events.
    The games of Pool Billiards are played on a flat table covered with cloth and bounded by rubber cushions. The player uses a stick (pool cue) to strike a cue ball which in turn strikes object balls. The goal is to drive object balls into six pockets located at the cushion boundary. The games vary according to which balls are legal targets and the requirements to win a match.
    4. Players Responsibility
    It is the players responsibility to be aware of all rules, regulations and schedules applying to competition. While tournament officials will make every reasonable effort to have such information readily available to all players as appropriate, the ultimate responsibility rests with the player.
    5. Lagging to Determine Order of Play
    The lag is the first shot of the match and determines order of play. The player who wins the lag chooses who will shoot first.
    The referee will place a ball on each side of the table behind the head string and near the head string. The players will shoot at about the same time to make each ball contact the foot cushion with the goal of returning the ball closer to the head cushion than the opponent.

  • A lag shot is bad and cannot win if the shooterÕs ball:

  • (a) crosses the long string;
    (b) contacts the foot cushion other than once;
    (c) is pocketed or driven off the table;
    (d) touches the side cushion; or
    (e) the ball rests within the corner pocket and past the nose of the head cushion.
    In addition, a lag will be bad if any non object ball foul occurs other than 6.9 Balls Still Moving.

  • The players will lag again if:

  • (a) a playerÕs ball is struck after the other ball has touched the foot cushion;
    (b) the referee cannot determine which ball has stopped closer to the head cushion; or
    (c) both lags are bad.



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