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Why Bother With Points System in 9 Ball?

Why Bother With Points System in 9 Ball?

We just started playing 9 ball.

In 9 Ball, since winning the game is based solely on whoever makes the nine ball, why is there a point system for the other balls e.g. one point for each ball pocketed and two points for the nine ball?

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Why Bother With Points System in 9 Ball?

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  1. ChachaMitch Alsup on 12/7/2011 4:19:24 PM

    In APA rules, there is a point system where the 9-ball is worth 2 points and every other ball is worth 1 point. The winner of the most points of a set wins, not necessarily the person who pots the most 9-balls. Making the 9-ball ends that rack.

    In ancient times the 9-ball was worth $2 while the 5-ball and 7-ball were worth $1 each. This lead to the notion of the money ball(s).

    Other than APA, as far as I know, the other sets of rules are strictly 9-ball wins. Other balls are for interference, places to hide behind, and chances to miss.

  2. Chachagman08016 on 1/8/2012 10:46:55 PM

    Just to handicap the player to try to make it even for all people to play in the apa ot tap.

  3. Chachaallanpsand on 4/15/2013 11:00:14 AM

    It is the APA's version of the game to institute a handicapping system to a familiar game. Nothing wrong with this as a variant, but is not commonly used outside of the APA league system.

    If you want to play 9 Ball variants, try using multiple money balls, i.e., the 5 and 9; or 3, 6, and 9. This works well with 3 to 5 players with regular balls on a snooker table.

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Why Bother With Points System in 9 Ball?

  • Title: Why Bother With Points System in 9 Ball?
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  • Published: 12/6/2011 3:59:08 PM