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Next Ball Billiards Rules

Here are the Next Ball Billiards Rules. Next Ball Billiards is a variant of 8 ball pool so anything not specified in the rules below should follow 8 ball rules.

  • In Next Ball Billiards, you must call every shot, but you also call a "next ball". If you pocket your initial called ball, then the "next ball" (the 2nd ball you called) must be hit first (but not necessarily pocketed) on your next shot.
  • If you're an incoming player, you don't have a "next ball" you must hit on the first shot.
  • If you miss your "next ball" your inning ends and you pull and spot a ball.
  • If you are shooting at the 8-ball, your "next ball" is the quadrant of the pool table that the cue ball ends up in. If you sink the 8 as called but the cue ball ends up in another quadrant, the 8 is spotted on the head spot.

Next Ball Billiards Rules

If you have any questions about Next Ball Billiards Rules, please post them in the pool rules forum.

...or view existing Next Ball Billiards Rules questions in the forum.

Next Ball Billiards Rules History

A guy I sometimes play pool with in California came up with an 8-ball variant called **"Next Ball" Billiards**. It is a little hard to explain but it's a fun game to play.

The official Next Ball Billiards Rules are predominently observed in California, USA.

How to Play Next Ball Billiards

  • Title: Next Ball Billiards Rules
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 3/19/2008 7:45:17 PM
  • Source: Submitted by a Billiards Forum Member

Next Ball Billiards Rules

The Next Ball Billiards Rules article belongs to the Pocket Billiards Rules category. Pocket billiards is a class of cue sport game commonly referred to as pool.

Next Ball Billiards Rules Comments

  1. treehumpertreehumper from Toronto, ON on 3/20/2008 10:47:53 AM

    I've thought about playing that way to help force me to really plan out my shots. I'll have to try that with my pool buddy.

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