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Calling Safety, Pocket an Object Ball, and Relinquish Turn


Calling Safety, Pocket an Object Ball, and Relinquish Turn

In playing "open 9-ball" (or "slop nine ball" for lack of a better term), can a the shooter call "safety", pocket the object ball, and relinquish their turn?

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Calling Safety, Pocket an Object Ball, and Relinquish Turn

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  1. user1529188470billiardsforum on 6/19/2018 5:00:58 AM

    You said you were playing "open 9-ball" or "slop 9-ball" which, as I understand it, is not a called-shot game, and thus, a safety would not apply. However, if you are calling your balls and pockets, you can elect to call a safety instead, and if you pocket balls, the play would still pass to your opponent.

    Here are the relevant references from the World Pool-Billiard Association's general rules of pocket billiards:

    1.6 - Standard Call Shots

    In call shot games, the shooter may choose to call “safety” instead of a ball and pocket, and then play passes to the opponent at the end of the shot. Whether balls are being spotted after safeties depends on the rules of the particular game.

    8.17 - Safety Shot

    A shot is said to be a safety shot if the game in play is a call shot game and the shooter declared the shot to the referee or his opponent to be a “safety” before the shot. Play passes to the other player at the end of a safety shot.

    As always, it depends on the exact set of rules you are following.

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Calling Safety, Pocket an Object Ball, and Relinquish Turn

  • Title: Calling Safety, Pocket an Object Ball, and Relinquish Turn
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  • Published: 6/16/2018 6:34:37 PM
  • Last Updated: 6/19/2018 4:43:22 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)