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Sinking 8 Ball On Break

Sinking 8 Ball On Break

Can you help us figure out that in 8 ball, according to official 8 ball rules, what happens in this case?

What happens when the person who breaks happens to sink the 8 ball on that break shot? Do they win or do they automatically lose? Keep playing?

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

Sinking 8 Ball On Break

Replies & Comments

  1. cuebaldsmichael on 6/18/2007 12:51:42 AM

    I believe that the player wins if they sink the 8 ball off the break. That of course assumes that they have not scratched by also sinking the cue ball.

  2. cuebaldcutthroat on 7/15/2007 1:30:24 PM

    According to the official BCA 8 ball Rules:


    If the 8-ball is pocketed on the break, breaker may ask for a re-rack or have the 8-ball spotted and continue shooting.

    *edit by billiard-bot spam remover.

  3. cuebaldNolesManMike on 7/28/2007 1:32:12 AM

    I always played it as the player who knocks the eight ball on the break loses, but that's when your playing on coin tables at say a bowling alley or game room because you cant re spot it or rack it up again.

    I'm only 17 so I cant play at a pool hall with nice pockets... otherwise.

  4. cuebaldkellystick on 7/31/2007 1:18:50 PM

    In APA making the 8 ball on the break wins the game unless you scratch the CB or CB on the floor.

  5. cuebaldbilliardsforum on 8/1/2007 9:09:24 AM

    You've gotta love 8 Ball rules, with the hundreds of variations out there!

  6. cuebaldjags on 8/1/2007 10:37:03 AM

    Every place I've ever played (pennsylvania, florida, virginia) the house rules were 8 on the break wins. Even on quarter tables.

    My grandfather would practice tring to make it and could do it about once out of five times.

  7. cuebaldMarionRich on 11/20/2007 3:05:48 PM

    Sinking the 8-ball on break shot wins. If it's your first 8 on the break, you drink till you black out. In Michigan, anyways.

  8. cuebalduser1543125319 on 11/24/2018 9:55:19 PM

    Ok, but I need to get something clarified.

    During normal 8 ball (solids vs stripes), if someone breaks the rack and either a solid or stripe goes in first and then the 8 ball goes in, does the breaker lose or win?

    We usually play that if one sinks the 8-ball off the break, then the breaker wins, but because another ball went in first the breaker loses.

    Please clarify for me. Your help is appreciated.

  9. cuebaldbilliardsforum on 11/25/2018 6:23:09 AM

    According to WPA 8-ball rules, it is not a loss of game nor an automatic win.

    3.3 Break Shot

    The following rules apply to the break shot:


    (e) Pocketing the eight ball on a legal break shot is not a foul. If the eight ball is pocketed, the breaker has the option of

    1. re-spotting the eight ball and accepting the balls in position, or
    2. re-breaking.

    Source: wpapool.com/rules-of-play/

    Seems to me that it's spelled out fairly clearly.

  10. cuebaldDragonmaster on 7/3/2021 3:43:55 AM

    If it were up to me, I would say that if the 8-ball gets pocketed on the break shot, then it stays pocketed, and the first player to sink their remaining seven balls wins.

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Sinking 8 Ball On Break

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  • Published: 6/18/2007 12:50:07 AM