# Quick Answer: Does The Break Count In Pool?

## What happens if you sink the 8 ball on the break?

Likewise, if you sink the 8 ball on the break, you don’t win.

You either spot the 8 ball or re-rack.

Traditionally, 8 ball is a “call shot” game.

After the break, the table is open regardless of whether or not any balls have been pocketed..

## Who breaks first in Pool?

The player who breaks first is selected randomly. The break alternates in subsequent games on the same table. The player must strike the 1-ball first and either pocket a ball or hit four or more balls to the rail. Otherwise, the break becomes illegal.

## Is it a scratch in pool if you hit the opponent’s ball first?

3.20 CUE BALL SCRATCH It is a foul (scratch) if on a stroke, the cue ball is pocketed. If the cue ball touches an object ball that was already pocketed (for example, in a pocket full of object balls), the shot is a foul.

## Can you hit opponents ball first in 8 ball?

note the 8 ball is never neutral, so it can only legally be hit first when it’s your last ball. the cue ball is not ever considered an object ball. combo’s you must hit one of your balls first. an opponents ball or the “8″ can be in the middle of a multi ball combo but you must pocket your ball.

## What happens if you hit the wrong ball in 9 ball?

“Wrong Ball First” and “No Rail” fouls are suspended for the shot. If no foul is committed on a push out, the other player may play the next shot, or may pass the shot to the opponent. A player is entitled to continue shooting until he fails to legally pocket a ball.

## Can you use an opponent’s ball in pool?

Yes, when your cue ball make contact with your own object ball, it can make contact with opponent object ball. … For 9-ball, as long as the lowest numbered ball is contacted first and any object that is potted by chance will be deemed legal shot and you can continue to pot the next object ball.

## What happens if you don’t hit your ball in pool?

The primary two rules of a legal shot are: you must hit one of your balls first and then any ball (including the cue ball or opponent’s ball) must either hit a rail or go in a pocket. If you don’t make a legal shot, the other player gets ball in hand, meaning they can put the cue ball anywhere on the table.

## Is it a scratch if you hit no balls?

So, if the player strikes the cue ball, which strikes an object ball, the object ball must either travel to a cushion or a pocket in order to be a legal shot. If the object ball does neither, it’s considered a table scratch.

## What happens if you sink the black ball on the break?

In Black Ball (never heard of that before), the black ball isn’t the ‘eight’, it is the final ball to play, deciding the match – but on pocketing it at tbe break, the balls are re-racked and another break is made.

## How do you lose at pool?

If the player pockets the 8 ball and commits a foul or pockets it into another pocket than the one designated, then the player loses the game. Otherwise (i.e., if the 8 ball is neither pocketed nor knocked off the table) the shooter’s turn is simply over, even if a foul occurs.

## What happens if you hit your opponent’s ball in pool?

Did you accidentally make one of your opponent’s balls in and you’re wondering what happens next? The short answer: As long as you hit your ball first and did not scratch, there is no foul. It is simply your opponent’s turn now.

## What is the best way to break on 8 ball pool?

Start by placing the cue ball all the way to the right on the Baulk line and aim directly at the fourth ball. Make sure your guidelines make a nice L shape. Add a bit of a backspin, bring the striking point every-so-slightly to the left, draw back your pool stick, and hit it with full force!

## What are the rules for breaking in pool?

To make a legal break, the player must hit the balls and ensure that four balls hit cushions and that the cue ball doesn’t go down a pocket. If the 8-ball is potted on the break, the player is entitled to ask for a re-rack.

## Is a scratch on the break a loss in pool?

Stopping or deflecting the cue ball prior to hitting the racked balls are considered fouls and loss of turn. … If a player scratches on a legal break shot, (1) all balls pocketed remain pocketed (exception, the 8-ball), (2) it is a foul, (3) the table is open.

## How do scratches work in pool?

A table scratch happens when you hit the cue ball or object balls in a way that isn’t legal, but don’t actually pocket the cue ball. This is sometimes called a “foul”. These are the rules for a legal shot: The cue can strike the cue ball only once.

## Do you have to call every shot in pool?

Calling the Shots If the shot is obvious, you don’t have to call it, but your opponent is entitled to ask if he or she is not sure. If you pot a ball that you did not call (called “slopping”), official rules say to leave the ball in the pocket. However, many people prefer to return the slopped ball to the footspot.