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Ball in Hand Rules

Ball in Hand Rules

In Last Pocket, can my opponent, with ball in hand, knock my ball in directly which is blocking his 8 ball pocket. This then gives me ball in hand.

In other words, my opponent made no attempt to hit his object ball Thx PoolHallPaul

Ball in Hand Rules

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  1. user1633400953RayMills on 10/5/2021 9:26:28 PM

    Have you already perused this site's page on " Last Pocket Eight Ball Rules "?

    You didn't say whether that object ball was your last one, which would lead to following the rules on assigning an alternate last-pocket to you, the second player to have his side pocketed. I found one sentence that refers to him doing this by mistake (it assigns a last-pocket just as if you had done it), but fouling-on-purpose can be a very strategic option that is legal in ball-in-hand games.

    I don't think any set of rules wants to have one which demands an investigation on the intent of the fouler. For instance in this circumstance, I think it could be a very good shot when he tries to pocket your (last) ball by billiard-ing or combo-ing using the 8-ball. If he can't find a way, he can then decide whether fouling is worth the ball-in-hand penalty.

  2. user1633400953RayMills on 10/5/2021 9:49:08 PM

    I'm sorry, I realize now that in your question both players had not finished their sides, unless you're calling the 8-ball "his object ball". So, my logic follows only if your opponent had no regular object balls left. If he did, neither player would have been assigned a pocket yet. If he had only the 8-ball left, unblocking the pocket and giving balll-in-hand would be of variable value, probably based on how easily you can run out before him.

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Ball in Hand Rules

  • Title: Ball in Hand Rules
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  • Published: 10/4/2021 7:29:14 PM