The standards general rules apply to all pocket billiard games, although some rules have been slightly modified to accommodate the online playing. You can use them for the real game as well as for 8BallClub Online Game. All actions and fouls are automatically controlled.
The special time limit foul
In order to keep matches moving and on schedule we have an instituted a time limit on strokes. A player has a limited time to play each shot.
The object ball frozen to cushion or cue ball
This state can be the vexed question of playing and not applies in our Game. Also the “touching ball” rule of the snooker game is not applied.
For more details, see the game specific rules for all the details including comments.
Glossary and Tips
Backspin shot. See «Draw shot». With a backspin shot the ball rotates backwards.
Bank shot. Shot when the ball had banked off the rail before got pocketed.
Baulk line. A straight line drawn across the table 29 inch from one end is drawn called the "baulk" line. Any ball between the baulk line and the nearest end of the table is referred to as being "in baulk area".
Break. Snooker term. Each turn is called a "break" and consists of a series of strikes of the cue ball that come to an end when a player makes a non-scoring strike or a foul stroke. The accumulation of points with a series of successful pocketed balls is called a break.
Break shot. Usually, it is the first shot of the game. Break shot in most games requires certain features. As a rule, these requirements make a player to produce good shot in order to separate the object balls which have been racked together.
Cue ball. The white, unnumbered ball that is always struck by the cue during play. It's the only ball that the cue is allowed to touch.
Cue ball in hand. The option of placing the cue ball anywhere on the table prior to shooting. Usually only available to a player when the opposing player has committed some type of foul under a particular game's rules.
Diamond system. A system of markings on the table rails that are used as aiming references. The diamond system help to aim the cue ball so that it strikes cushions before hitting any balls.
Draw shot. A draw shot is when the cue ball is struck below its center so that it draws back from the object ball after contact because it is still backspinning. Back-spinning reduces ball's speed and effects angle of dispersion, and the way ball banks off the rail, that may reduce accuracy.
Free ball. Situation of Snooker. If, following a foul shot, the cue ball is snookered, the next player may take a "free ball" - play any ball on the table as if it was the ball that should properly be played next (called “ball on”).
Open table. Term of the 8-ball pool. This means that the table is "open" when the choice of groups (stripes or solids) has not yet been determined. The table is always open immediately after the Legal Break shot.
Push out. Term, often used in 9-balls game. This means that for one shot only the player does not need to hit any object ball nor any rail, unless if the cue ball is pocketed, it is a foul.
Snookered ball. Snooker table situation. The cue ball is snookered, when a player is not able to directly play the ball to be struck with a straight shot. In this case the player is required either to swerve the cue ball around another ball or to bounce the cue ball off one or more cushions in order to hit the target ball.
Top cushion. The top cushion is the billiard table cushion located at the end of the table where the reds are racked. The top cushion is nearest the black spot, and is in the area where generally most of a game of snooker should be played.
White ball. Alternate name for the cue ball.
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