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Is the 8 Ball Neutral?

Is the 8 Ball Neutral?

Havn't heard of this before but was at a bar shooting pool and the guy tried to use the 8 ball to combo his last ball is this legal? I thought the 8 ball was neither's player ball till the last shot but could not be used to combo a shot?

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

Is the 8 Ball Neutral?

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  1. ThatGuy1422quickshot on 2/22/2010 8:48:58 AM

    The sad part of bar pool is that every bar has its own set of rules which makes for a lot of confusion, and in some cases, violence. Under most cases the 8 ball is nuetural and must be a clean shot devoid of using any other balls.

  2. ThatGuy1422Mitch Alsup on 2/22/2010 10:20:09 AM

    As quickshot indicates: this is a rule-set dependent rule.

    At my bar, playing no slop bar rules, the 8-ball is not neutral. Here if your OB touches any uncalled object or fails to touch any called object, the ball stays down and you loose your turn, CB remains on table where it is. {Object = ball or rail} At my bar, playing tournament rules, the 8-ball is neutral. Here, the rules read, you have to use a legal stroke, and have to make the called ball in the called pocket. There are no other constraints. This is how BCA plays.

  3. ThatGuy1422Fenwick on 2/22/2010 4:06:14 PM

    Right from our own site. Playing the 8 ball

    Combination Shots

    Combination shots are allowed; however, the 8-ball can't be used as a **first **ball in the combination unless it is the shooter's only remaining legal object ball on the table. Otherwise, should such contact occur on the 8-ball, it is a foul.

  4. ThatGuy1422user1523998607 on 4/17/2018 4:56:50 PM

    Where I grew up 8 ball was always neutral because it did not belong to ether opponent, when you got down to it, whom ever made it legally own it and made them the winner of the game

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Is the 8 Ball Neutral?

  • Title: Is the 8 Ball Neutral?
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  • Published: 2/21/2010 8:46:54 PM