American Handball

Equipment

Cue Cue Ball Object Balls Rack Six Pocket Billiard Table

Rules

Play starts with the racking of all fifteen object balls, with the 8-ball placed in the middle. A player then breaks the formation with the cue ball. If an object ball is pocketed, the player is assigned that suit (striped or solid). Once a foul is committed or an object ball isn't pocketed, the other player takes a turn. Players attempt to pocket every object ball within their suit, while at the same time, preventing the opposing suit to be pocketed. Once every object ball within a suit has been pocketed, the player assigned to that suit attempts to pocket the 8-ball. The player to pocket each of their object balls and the 8-ball is the winner. A player automatically loses if they pocket the 8-ball before pocketing their object balls.

Description

8-Ball (Eight-Ball) is played with a full rack of fifteen balls and the cue ball. The intention is to claim a suit (stripes or solids), pocket all of them, then pocket the 8-ball. You must do all of the above while denying the opponent to do the same with their suit and without sinking the 8-ball early by accident. The most popular form of billiards in the world, 8-Ball, is a battle to sink every object ball in a suit. Once finished, players attempt to sink the 8-ball. The first player to do so is the winner.

History

Billiards was first played in 15th century England, and has been a popular game throughout Europe and the United States ever since. Many styles and variations have been created using the same basic rules and equipment. 8-Ball was first played in 1908, with seven yellow and seven red balls. As the game evolved, stripes and solids replaced the yellow and reds. Today, 8-Ball is the most popular billiards game in the world, and is played locally by amateurs and in international competitions.