Unleagueal Pool

Straight 8 Pool is the type of game most often played in bars in America, but rules vary slightly from place to place, and at different times in the same place. Straight 8 is the ‘5-card Stud’ game of pool.

NO WILDCARDS!! e.g. Safety Shots, Ball In Hand, Table Scratch, Slop makes.

The few rules that most often need clarifying concern breakingcalling shots and scratching.

BREAKING

8 ball made on the break is a win, if you don’t scratch.

8 ball made on the break, with a scratch, is a LOSS.

Table is open after the break.

You can keep what you make on the break by shooting for that set again, even if you don’t make, as long as you make a “Good Hit.”

If you make any number of balls from one set on the break, but opt to shoot for the other set on the first shot, THEN MISS, the table remains open for your opponent. If you make, you claim that set.

(These definitions of the rules on the break are different than either Traditional Straight-8 Ball Pool or Standard 8-Ball Pool. But this gives the person breaking the choice of sets, and honors the fact that earning the break counts for something.)

CALLING SHOTS

‘Ball to make’ and ‘pocket’ are called on every shot, details included.

You must advance your ball toward the called pocket, even if you make a bad hit to do so.

Safety Shots are not allowed. If you forfeit your shot, you forfeit the game.

Double Kiss If you cut a shot to the pocket and it double-kisses the cue ball before going in, it does NOT count, UNLESS you called it.

Minor rail contact near the called pocket (between the pocket and the first nearest Diamond) IS ALLOWED, but any carom MUST be called. Failing to call a carom on your shot constitutes a “Bad Hit.”

SCRATCHING

Ball in hand behind the headstring.

Balls off the table go to the foot-spot, except the 8, which is a loss of game.

Jump Shots are allowed only if agreed to by both players. (Owning the table gives Ultimate Authority with this decision!)

Help us improve this set of rules for STRAIGHT 8-Ball Pool.

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