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Help With Billiard Gambling Terminology

Help With Billiard Gambling Terminology

Since I have never played pool for money (outside of family and friends anyway) I have always been in the dark about some of the gambling terminology. The term that I cannot figure out is the one that says: "I'll give you the eight (or whatever ball it is), or I'll spot you the eight".

My thinking on this is that it either means that when I get to the eight ball, I can skip it and go directly to the nine, or when I get to the eight ball I can simply rake it off the table. Is either one of these assumptions correct?

Enlighten me and please forgive me for being "gambling illiterate".

Help With Billiard Gambling Terminology

Replies & Comments

  1. Maniacdjkx1 on 2/26/2007 1:52:20 PM

    You are close but no cigar. "i'll give you the eight" simply means that you only have to pot the ball that is being spotted. In other words if you get the 8, once you pot the 8 the game is won, and you don't need to make the 9. The other player obviously has to finish it all the way to the 9. If you do however make the 9 first on a combination or fluke you still win, same as always.

  2. ManiacBHQ on 2/26/2007 3:00:29 PM

    ...or pot the 8 with a combination or a fluke, either way, if the 8 (or whatever the designated ball) goes down into the pocket, you win the game.

  3. Maniacshexcpoolgawdess on 2/26/2007 3:35:47 PM

    It is my understanding that if I spot you, say, "the 7 out" or "the 8 out" that I then have to run the balls and be the one to drop the nine. You being the person that is spotted "whichever ball out" have to shoot until you get to that particular ball.


    If I break and drop the 7 ball or 8 ball (or whatever ball I spotted you), then you must run the table just as I do.

    You can't win on my shot if I am running the table, or if I drop it on the break or early in the rack. You have to be the one to reach that particular ball first.

  4. ManiacBHQ on 2/26/2007 3:45:17 PM

    I understand it to be the way mentioned by @shexcpoolgawdess.

    I don't gamble but if I am playing with someone that asks for a spot, even in the so called friendly game, then I borrow a line from my 73 year old one legged pool shooting buddy:

    "Don't ask me for a spot, learn to play better!"

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Help With Billiard Gambling Terminology

  • Title: Help With Billiard Gambling Terminology
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  • Published: 2/26/2007 11:04:34 AM