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Playing Safe in Straight 8 Ball

Playing Safe in Straight 8 Ball

We're playing "straight eight ball". The 8 ball is married to an opponent's ball and is unshakable per se.

Is it a legal shot to barely strike the 8 ball and leave it opposite to your ball, just like playing a safety shot, or do they have to attempt to make the 8 ball in a certain pocket?

This question relates to the following billiard rules:

Playing Safe in Straight 8 Ball

Replies & Comments

  1. user1636254058RayMills on 11/7/2021 3:14:23 PM

    If you're not playing ball-in-hand, go-to-a-rail rules, this easy shot is the definition of "dirty pool". Try to avoid getting into this situation by not playing the game. Otherwise, "dirty pool" never applies.

    When I hear someone refer to "Straight 8-Ball", I immediately refer to the bar room scenario of my last comment, where it would not even be necessary to contact the 8-ball! The Straight 8 rules listed in this forum say that safeties are apparently not allowed, with the lack of rules making that intention ambiguous.

    "Oops, I miscued."

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Playing Safe in Straight 8 Ball

  • Title: Playing Safe in Straight 8 Ball
  • Author: (Brad Mcray)
  • Published: 11/6/2021 8:00:59 PM
  • Last Updated: 11/11/2021 7:05:56 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)