How to Play 8 Ball Pool Online

About Pool Games

Pool is a classification of cue sports played on a table with six pockets along the rails into which balls are pocketed. Each specific pool game has its name; some better-known include eight-ball, blackball, nine-ball, ten-ball, seven-ball, straight pool, one-pocket, and bank pool. This game has become one of the most popular 1vs1 battle games in a short time.

How to Play 8 Ball Pool Games?

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The 8-ball pool aims to pocket all your 7 coloured balls assigned to you (either Solids or Stripes) and ultimately pocket the 8 ball before your opponent. Based on the First Ball potted after the break shot/first shot, you will be assigned either solids or stripes.

To win the game, you must pot the 8 balls after potting all your assigned balls. You will lose the game if you pot the 8-ball earlier.


  • 1 Cue Ball
  • 7 solid coloured balls numbered 1-7
  • 7 striped balls numbered 9-15
  • 8-black ball
  • 1 stick
  • Pool Board

Rules of Pool Game explained

The rules of Pool on A23 games follow all the original rules of 8 ball pool game.

Object balls should be placed in a triangular rack and positioned at the table's lower end so the rack's apex ball lies on the foot spot.

  • The order of the balls should be random, apart from the black 8-ball, which should be placed in the middle of the third row.
  • The white ball should be placed anywhere behind the service line on the table.

A player who gets to break the rack first is decided on a random basis

To make a legal break, the player must hit the balls and ensure that four balls hit cushions and the cue ball doesn't go down a pocket.

  • If the 8-ball is potted on the break, the player is given a re-rack

Allotment of Stripes / Solids balls to player:

  • After the break, the first player to pot an object ball will then have to continue to pot the balls from that category (stripes or solids).
  • The Other player (Opponent) will have to pot the other group

Players will continue to make shots until they foul or fail to pot an object ball

Foul Cases:

  • Potting the cue ball
  • Illegal break
  • Failing to hit any ball / own object ball
  • Hitting one of the opposition's object balls (the first point of contact is between the cue ball & opponent's object ball)
  • Note: If the first point of contact is with the assigned object ball, the game continues with the opponent's turn and no penalty.

  • Failing to hit the ball within the stipulated time (penalty case)

Penalty: Opposition players can place the cue ball anywhere on the table.

  • Multiple adjustments to the placement of the cue ball before taking the shot are allowed

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Rebound Scenario: It is permissible for the shooter to bank the cue ball off a rail before contacting his object ball;

  • However, after contact with his object ball, an object ball must be pocketed, or
  • The cue ball or any numbered ball must contact a rail. Failure to meet these requirements is a foul.

After potting all the assigned sets of balls, the player must then pot the 8 ball.

  • If the 8th ball is pocketed by the player before potting the assigned quota in any manner, then the game is terminated immediately, and the opponent is declared the winner.

Glossary of Pool Terms

  • Pool Table: 6-pocketed pool table. Pockets are 6 round-shaped holes on the board where the ball is supposed to go after hitting.
  • Stick: Element used by the player to hit a cue ball
  • Cue Ball: Ball used to pot objects on the table (Plain White colour).
  • Numbered Ball: 8-ball pool variant has 7 stripes & 7 solids (all different colours) with a black 8-numbered ball. The odd & even variant must-have, all solid balls of different colours numbered uniformly from 1-15, with 8 numbered balls to be black
  • Power-meter: Source used by the player to decide the amount of power to be put in a shot
  • Navigator: Graphics present to assist in targeting a ball using the cue ball
  • Cue ball Spin controller: Functionality that helps control the cue ball's spin by selecting a dot on the cue ball diagram.
  • Precision meter: 3-D Controller which allows you to carry out minute-level movements of the stick while setting the target object (360-degree rotator).
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