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Six Ball

SIX BALL

TYPE OF GAME

The six ball game is the same as nine ball but played with 6.

PLAYERS

This game is normally played with two players but can also be played with two teams.

BALLS USED

Ball number 1 through 6 and the cue ball

RACK

Ball are racked using either the diamond as in the nine ball or the regular triangle. The one ball is in the apex and the 6 ball is in the middle of the last row.(see picture below)

OBJECT OF THE GAME

The object is to pocket the six ball using the same rules as in Nine Ball

OPENING BREAK

One person is chosen to shoot first, or “break”, the rack. Usually this is determined by flipping a coin, or by lagging, especially in professional tournaments in the case of the latter, or it may be ruled by the authority in charge or the sponsor or the players themselves that the winner or loser of the previous game will always shoot first in the next rack. If the player who breaks fails to make a legal break (by contacting the one ball first and pocketing a ball or driving four or more object balls to a rail), the opponent can either demand a re-rack and become the breaker, or continue to play as if it was an ordinary foul. If the breaker pockets a ball and commits no foul, it remains the breaker’s turn.

WINNING THE GAME

A player wins in six ball by pocketing the 6 ball at any time in the game in a legal manner, either by hitting it in with the cue ball or with a lower numbered ball in a combination shot. A player can also win by default if the opponent commits three successive fouls. However in most formats, including under BCA rules, the opponent must be told that he or she is “on two fouls” in order to lose by committing a third foul.

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