9-Ball Pool is a completely new and spirited version of pool. Because you play the same 9 balls together with your opponent. The challenge is the sequence. Unlike with classic 8-ball pool it is vital here that you keep an eye on which ball has to be pocketed next.
9-Ball Pool is played with 10 balls: 1 white ball ('game ball') and 9 colored balls, which are numbered from 1 to 9. The aim of the game is to pocket the colored balls one after another beginning with 1.
The thrilling countdown runs from 1-9 until the end of the game. The game can change dramatically with every shot. Regardless of how many balls you pocket the player who pockets the 9 is the winner.
The game is played in real time and with two players. You can find details on multiplayer versions here: How do multiplayer games work? If you open a new table you can select the stakes and the circle of players.
Initially 9 colored balls in the shape of a diamond are sitting on the pool table. The pool table is equipped with 'pockets' in every corner as well as along the long side of the table where the balls can be potted. The fouls will be counted in the left corner above the pool table. The number of the ball, which has to be pocketed next is displayed next to it. You can choose at which point you want to play a selected ball with the cross hairs at the right side of the playing field.
The balls will be played with so called cues. If you click on the cue ball with your mouse the cue appears. In front of the cue you can see a yellow line with an image of the cue ball. It shows you the direction of the shot. If you press and hold down the left mouse button you can position the cue in the desired direction. An arrow appears which will show the force of the pool shot by changing its length. The shorter the arrow the weaker the shot. If you release the mouse button the white ball will be played.
The player who has started the new game makes the first shot. The white ball will be shot into the triangle of coloured balls. At the start of the game at least 4 coloured balls have to touch the cushion or one ball has land in a pocket otherwise you have violated the rules. This is the only shot during the whole of the game where it doesn't matter, which balls you pocket.
The players now have to pocket the balls alternately starting with ball no. 1 If a player pockets the right ball he can have another go. There are a number of rule violations in the game, which will count as fouls.
The following moves count as a violation of the rules:
- Pocketing of the white ball
- Striking the wrong or no ball.
- Pocketing the wrong ball.
- Invalid break (see start of the game)
- If no colored ball is pocketed or touches the cushion with the first stroke.
After the foul the player who has been fouled can place the game ball anywhere on the table. If a player commits a rule violation by pocketing the wrong ball this just counts as a foul but the game ball will not be replaced except it is the 9 ball. If a player commits 3 fouls in a row the game is over and this player has lost.
A special game option is the so called 'Pushout'. It can be activated directly after the break by the player who hasn't started the game. If you decide to opt for a pushout you don't have to play the next lower ball but you can strike any ball. This move does not count as a foul unless you sink the white ball. The pushout can help you if the balls have settled in a particulary tricky position after the break.
End of the Game
The game ends by sinking the ball with the number 9 regardless how many balls any of the players have pocketed so far. Whoever sinks the 9 wins the game.