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8 Ball vs. 9 Ball Pool Games

Learn the difference between the pools games 8 ball and 9 ball from pool trick shot champion Andy Segal in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Andy, the "Magic Man" Segal. I'm here at Willow Billiard here in Hoboken, New Jersey doing some trick shots and pool instruction. So if you're ready, lets get started. All right, here we're going to discuss the different cue's between 8 ball and 9 ball, two popular games. 8 ball, one player has the stripes and one player has the solids, and the idea is for one player to shoot all their stripes in first before the other player shoots all the solids. When you're done shooting all of your group, you then go here and pocket the 8 ball to win the game. 9 ball's a little bit different. You only have the 1 through 9. So you have these balls. And the idea is to shoot the balls in order. So first I'm going to make the 1, then make the 2, then make the 3 and so on, and whoever makes the 9 ball wins the game. So whereas in 8 ball I could run out six balls, miss, my opponent will then still have to run all of their balls before get to shoot the 8. In 9 ball, I can run all of the balls, miss maybe just the 8, my opponent can then just shoot the 8 and the 9 to win the game. So here what I'm going to do is shoot the 12. Then I'm in line for the 13. So now I'm going to shoot the 11, draw it back a little bit so I can get a little straighter on the 8. And now just pocket the 8. All right so in 9 ball, I'm just going to finish up here by shooting the 7, coming back a little for the 8, pocket the 8, and then just the 9 to win. Of course in 9 ball, sometimes you have a ball that's tied up like the 3, so we can't get to the 3. And in 9 ball, if you shoot the lowest ball first and pocket the 9, you can win the game right there. Just like that.

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