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Using the 8 Ball in Combination Shots


Using the 8 Ball in Combination Shots

Is it legal to use the 8 ball in a combination shot?

For example, in a game of 8 ball, I am shooting stripes and I shoot the cue ball into the 8 ball, the 8 ball into the 10 ball, and the 10 ball goes into the pocket.

Is that a legal shot?

Using the 8 Ball in Combination Shots

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  1. user1498424466jana on 6/25/2017 5:37:36 PM

    Yes and no. Here is the breakdown.

    When you can use the 8 ball for a combination shot:

    1. Open Table: The only time you can hit the 8 ball as part of a combination shot is immediately after the break when the table is still open e.g. choice of group is still being determined. You can only hit the 8-ball as part of a combination shot at this point during the game. Otherwise, if you make a direct hit on the 8-ball (before it is time to shoot for the 8 ball), you lose your turn and any pocketed balls remain pocketed. Your opponent continues play on the open table at this point. When it is not the open break, the 8 ball can't be used in a combination shot at all.
    2. 8 Ball in Middle of Combo Shot: When you do a combination shot where the 8 ball is NOT the first ball your cue ball hits. E.g. you can do cue ball to the 5 ball, to the 8 ball, to the ten ball, etc... and that is legal since you didn't hit the eight ball first.

    When you can't use the 8 ball for a combination shot:

    1. You can not use the 8 ball in a combination shot when the choice of group has already been determined and the 8 ball is the first ball your cue ball hits in executing the combination shot.

    As always, confirm any nuances to the rules wherever you are playing.

    Hope this helps.

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Using the 8 Ball in Combination Shots

  • Title: Using the 8 Ball in Combination Shots
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  • Published: 6/25/2017 5:01:09 PM
  • Last Updated: 6/25/2017 5:29:54 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)