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Snooker Foul When Missed Hitting the Red Ball

Snooker Foul When Missed Hitting the Red Ball

Last night I had a debate with a player I was playing against. The situation was as follows.

The player was on a red ball. The player missed the red ball and hit the yellow ball, thus giving away a 4 point foul. However, the yellow ball he had hit continued on, struck the blue ball, and potted it.

Is this just a 4 point foul for hitting the yellow first, or is this a 5 point foul for also potting the blue and causing it to have to be re-spotted?

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

Snooker Foul When Missed Hitting the Red Ball

Replies & Comments

  1. Azzaahhuser1292936757 on 12/21/2010 1:05:57 PM

    In snooker, you take the highest point value of multiple fouls. In your scenario, two fouls come into play.

    1. Cue ball first hit a ball not on (since the red ball was on, and you first hit a yellow ball) - Minimum 4 point foul penalty
    2. Causing a ball not on to enter a pocket - 5 points since it was the blue ball that fell.

    So, it would be a 5-point foul because the blue ball fell into a pocket, and it is worth 5 points. Generally, in situations like this, the player committing the foul must take the greater point value if multiple balls are concerned.

    From the latest WPBSA snooker rules (emphasis mine):

    10. Penalties.

    The following acts are fouls and incur a penalty of four points unless a higher one is indicated in paragraphs (a) to (d) below. Penalties are:

    • (a) value of the ball on by:
      • [...]
    • (b) value of the ball on or ball concerned, whichever is higher, by:
      • (i) striking when any ball is not at rest;
      • (ii) striking before the referee has completed the spotting of a colour that is not a free ball;
      • (iii) causing a ball not on to enter a pocket;
      • (iv) causing the cue-ball to first hit a ball not on;
      • (v) making a push stroke;
      • (vi) touching a ball or ball marker in play; or
      • (vii) causing a ball to be forced off the table;
    • (c) value of [...]

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Snooker Foul When Missed Hitting the Red Ball

  • Title: Snooker Foul When Missed Hitting the Red Ball
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  • Published: 11/23/2010 7:21:50 AM