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How To Rack The Balls In Eight Ball

How To Rack The Balls In Eight Ball

Is there a best vway to rack balls for 8-ball? We rack the balls alternating solid/stripe on the outside, with 8-ball in the middle of the rack.

I was also taught another variation of the eight ball rack that involves placing the 1 ball at the head of the rack, then the 9-10, next the 11-8-12, the next row 4-13-14-5, and the final row 2-6-15-7-3.

I have also read rules that say to place the eight ball in center with a solid in one corner and a stripe in the other. Does this mean that the head ball does not make a difference, and can pretty much be anything?

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

How To Rack The Balls In Eight Ball

Replies & Comments

  1. aspinjana on 10/14/2006 2:48:20 AM

    APA rules call for the eight ball to be placed in the center and don't mention the placement of remaining balls.

    BCA rules call for the eight ball to be placed in the center and a solid ball in one back corner and a stripe ball in the other.

    In practice, or in playing billiards by "bar rules," most players mix them.

  2. aspinmdungelman on 10/15/2006 10:13:37 AM

    On an additional note. Most people playing bar pool will rack solid, stripe, solid, stripe, and so-forth. The problem is this will always result in the same ball in all 3 corners.

    ~~~~ {.prettycode .lang-js} =====(X)===== ====(O)(O)=== ==(X)(8)(X)== =(O)(X)(O)(O)= (X)(O)(X)(O)(X) ~~~~

    Any reasonable person can see the unfair advantage to this. Most people, though, are receptive to the idea of a solid and a stripe in the two back corners. Its always a plus if you put the 1-ball at the head of the rack. For some reason it is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

  3. aspinthedon on 10/28/2006 5:13:52 PM

    I presume that by X and O you mean solids and stripes. I'm not so sure you have it correct...

    Maybe I'm just misunderstanding your post.

    The BCA regulations state that there should be a stripe ball in one corner of the rack and a solid ball in the other corner. This way you get variation with what ball is in what corner.

  4. aspinmdungelman on 10/29/2006 11:14:23 AM

    Now what exactly do I not have correct there don? I was giving an example of a "bad bar pool rack" - for lack of a better term. You need to read the whole post before making yourself seem out of place for saying something which is unneeded. Oh and as for X's and O's symbolizing solids and stripes: Bravo! That is a GREAT assumption! You must have gone to college...or at least graduated high school to have the expertise to figure that out.

    Read my previous post and get back to me. I didn't mention anything about BCA regulations. But, if we are talking BCA racking, then the second part of my post is a perfectly legal rack. Don't get too engulfed in my diagram.

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How To Rack The Balls In Eight Ball

  • Title: How To Rack The Balls In Eight Ball
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  • Published: 10/14/2006 2:44:30 AM
  • Last Updated: 10/14/2006 2:44:57 AM
  • Last Updated By: aspin