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Calling Banks, Caroms, and Combos in 8 Ball


Calling Banks, Caroms, and Combos in 8 Ball

In 8 ball, does the shooting player have to call any planned caroms, banks, or combination shots for the pocketed ball to be legal? Assume that the object ball was called, and the pocket was called, and that the correct object ball went in the correct pocket.

Does the absence of the "calling" of caroms, banks, or combination shots make the shot no longer "count" as legal? Does the shooting player continue their inning, or is the next player up?

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

Calling Banks, Caroms, and Combos in 8 Ball

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  1. slaterbilliardsforum on 8/27/2006 2:44:27 PM

    Per existing BCA rules on the subject of calls, the shooter need only call the ball they are looking to pocket, and in which pocket they will attempt to sink it. This applies to 8 Ball, straight pool, and the majority of call shot games except those where "no-slop" is played. The shot is "good" of the called ball goes in to the called pocket, and stays there.

    If you are playing the "no-slop" version of eight ball, however, you will have to call every detail. The only exception to this is slight rail touches near pocket openings.

    On the other hand, Bank Pool requires that a ball strikes only the called rail(s), excluding the one that may be touched as the ball sinks in to the pocket. This includes the contact with the cue ball as an object ball comes off the rail.

    As Always, be certain that you are fully aware of the house rules, and that your "take" of these rules agrees with that of your opponents before the game commences.

    I hope this helps!

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Calling Banks, Caroms, and Combos in 8 Ball

  • Title: Calling Banks, Caroms, and Combos in 8 Ball
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  • Published: 8/27/2006 12:05:27 PM