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Pocket Your Own Ball but Not Hitting Opponent's Ball First


Pocket Your Own Ball but Not Hitting Opponent's Ball First

In most Cutthroat Billiards rules, the rules indicate that a shooter can pocket his own ball to continue his turn. For example:

A player's turn continues so long as they pocket an opponent's ball with each shot. A shooter can even pocket their own ball without sinking an opponent's ball, thereby weakening their own chances to win in exchange for continuing their turn. This circumstance is generally called "cutting one's own throat".

In our pool group, some of the members say that the shooter can not directly pocket his ball, but must hit an opponents ball first to pocket his ball. Is that correct?

Any advice on this subject would be appreciated.

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Pocket Your Own Ball but Not Hitting Opponent's Ball First

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  1. Ed Glennbilliardsforum on 1/13/2019 11:21:44 AM

    There are lots of variations of the rules around this particular question.

    The World Standardized BCA cut throat rules do specify that you must make the cue ball contact an opponent's ball first:

    A legal shot requires that the cue ball's first contact be with an opponents' object ball.

    If you are strictly following these rules, then your pool group is correct. You must contact the other group's ball first.

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Pocket Your Own Ball but Not Hitting Opponent's Ball First

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  • Published: 8/19/2009 10:08:00 AM
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