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Kelly Pool and Scratching on the 8-Ball


Kelly Pool and Scratching on the 8-Ball

What happens when you scratch on the 8-ball in Kelly pool rules?

I was recently in a 2-man Kelly Pool contest where my opponent had pocketed all the small numbered balls and I had two large numbered balls remaining on the table.

My opponent was then trying to pot the black 8-ball to win the game, but the cue ball went in off the 8-ball.

My question is; Do I then win the game or do I only get two shots?

My understanding is that you automatically lose if you make a mistake on the black 8-ball.

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

Kelly Pool and Scratching on the 8-Ball

Replies & Comments

  1. Charles Nichollsbilliardsforum on 9/26/2018 2:55:44 PM

    Not sure if I am understanding your question, but according to the rules of 8-ball (which, in general, apply to Kelly Pool Rules for any aspects not clearly outlined in those Kelly pool rules):

    When the 8-ball is the legal object ball, a scratch or foul is not loss of game if the 8-ball is not pocketed or jumped from the table. Incoming player has cue ball in hand.

    If the 8 ball was pocketed by your opponent at the same time, it would come back out. According to Kelly Pool Rules:

    Should the player pocket the cue ball as well as their own object ball or any other object ball in the same shot, it is considered a foul shot and does not count for scoring purposes. Any balls pocketed via the above shots are re-spotted and the next player's inning begins. All other fouls included in the General Rules of Pocket Billiards apply to Kelly Pool.

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Kelly Pool and Scratching on the 8-Ball

  • Title: Kelly Pool and Scratching on the 8-Ball
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  • Published: 9/26/2018 12:58:37 AM
  • Last Updated: 9/26/2018 2:48:52 PM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)