8 ball is played with fifteen numbered object balls and the cue ball. The shooter’s group of seven balls (one through seven or nine through fifteen) must all be off the table before he attempts to pocket the 8 ball to win.
Determined by random selection.
Automatic; the triangular rack is placed automatically by the system at the start of the game.
The following rules apply to the break shot:
Before ball groups are determined, the table is said to be “open,” and before each shot, the shooter must call his intended ball. If the shooter legally pockets his called ball, the corresponding group becomes his, and his opponent is assigned the other group. If he fails to legally pocket his called ball, the table remains open and play passes to the other player. When the table is “open”, any object ball may be struck first except the 8 ball.
The shooter remains at the table as long as he continues to legally pocket called balls, or he wins the rack by pocketing the 8 ball.
On each shot except the break, pockets only must be called as explained in 1.6 Standard Call Shot. The 8 ball pocket may be called only after all other balls in the shooter’s group have been cleared from the table.
Only the 8-ball is spotted automatically if it's pocketed on the break.
The shooter loses if he
These do not apply to the break shot.
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