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hello . A question that's been bothering me for some time now . Where I live there is this pool room . So we are having a straight game pool league . One of the players dropped six of his stripe balls and had one last ball to drop before he could drop the black to win . So he putts his last stripe ball in and drops the black ball after that . All this happened in one shot . Does he win the game

Hey Calvin.

Not in official rules. The eight ball must be pocketed on a separate shot from the one in which you sink your last ball (and you lose the game if you do so). This is reflected in most authoritative rule sets. Here's the rule from the best, most nuanced rules there are - The Official Rules of the Billiard Congress of America Pool League:

2-10   Loss of Game
"You lose the game if:
 *  *  *
 c. you pocket the 8-ball on the same shot as the last ball of your group..."

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