Pool/Billiards/8 ball question


when playing 8 ball....you break and 2 solids go in and 1 stripe....is it still open or are you solids for that game because 2 went in?

Hi Kim.

It is always open after the break shot no matter what is pocketed on it. Choice of group is not assigned until someone makes a legal shot after the break.

Note that this is from authoritative rules, such as the World Rules, the BCA rules. etc. "Bar rules", describing the innumerable sets of informal, uncodified rules that are played in bars and other informal venues often vary the better authoritative rules in many ways. If you'd like to read the best, most logical and nuanced rule set out there, check out the BCA rules (BCAPL [Official Rules of the Billiard Congress of America Pool League]), at: http://www.playbca.com/downloads/rulebook/completerulebook.aspx

Best of luck,

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