This article will provide rules of 9 ball pool for you and those who are passionate about billiards in general as well as the 9 ball pool in particular.
These rules apply in national and international tournament competitions.
The goal of the match
In 9-ball pool competition, the target balls are numbered 1 to 9 and 1 cue ball. The target ball for each stroke that the first cue ball touches is the ball with the lowest index on the table, however the goal balls in the hole are not necessarily in this order.
After the first player to miss, the next player has to play the remaining balls on the table as specified above. If the previous player makes a mistake then the next player has the right to start his turn with the cue ball anywhere on the table. The game ends when one of the two players wins the full set of rules as required by the match
The target balls are arranged in a rhombus in a triangle shape with the number 1 ball at the top of the rhombus and above the end of the table, the number 9 ball in the middle of the rhombus and the remaining balls are arranged around. The balls are arranged as tightly as possible. The game starts with a cue ball in hand and placed behind the cross of the table
The order of play
The winner of the contest wins the right to start. In the event of 9 balls, the winner of each game will start in the next game unless there are other rules of the organizers such as:
• The player alternately starts
• The losing player starts
• The winner wins the game
The player must use the cue ball to hit directly on the number 1 ball. The shot must be valid when the target ball is pocketed or at least 4 target balls touch the ice
In a roll, a cue ball in the hole or a jump off the table or the rules of the roll are not guaranteed as an error. An unsecured player is considered an error. The next player will start his turn with the cue ball in hand at any position on the table.
In the opening stroke, if one or more target balls are dropped from the table then it is considered as an error and the next player will start his turn with the cue ball in his hand anywhere on the table. Target balls will not be reset except ball 9.