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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:57 pm    Post subject: Actual Rules of Billiards vs. Great Day Offering... Reply with quote

Another post noted, with dismay, that pocketing of the 8 Ball at the break did not result in a win for the breaking player.

Actually the World Standardized Rules for Billiards and 8 Ball do NOT provide for winning by pocketing the 8 Ball on the break. However, in many tournaments and "house rules" an exception is enacted whereby the game is awarded to a player pocketing the 8 on the break.

The World Standard Rules for 8 Ball are linked below. And you can drill up to the over-arching World Standard Rules for Billiards which apply to all games, including 8 Ball.

These are the rules for billiards adopted by virutally every organizing body in the world, including the Billiards Congress of America in the USA.

Paste from WS Rules...

"If the 8-ball is pocketed on the break, breaker may ask for a re-rack or have the 8-ball spotted and continue shooting. If the breaker scratches while pocketing the 8-ball on the break, the incoming player has the option of a re-rack or having the 8-ball spotted and begin shooting with ball in hand behind the head string."

It should be also noted here that the Great Day game seems to have its own set of rules that bear scant resemblance to the World Standardized Rules. Some of its inexplicable anamolies include:

1. Pocketing cue ball on the break results in loss of game. Wrong. In WS Rules that is foul like any other "scratch", only after pocketing on the break incoming shooter has ball-in-hand behind the head string, as opposed to anywhere on the table as in all other "scratches" according to WS 8 Ball rules.

2. Pocketing opponent's ball is a foul. WRONG. In the WS 8 Ball Rules pocketing an opponent's ball is not a foul. It results in loss of inning (opponent returns to table) unless a called ball in shooter's suit was also pocketed in same shot, in which case the current shooter's inning (turn) continues.

3. Slop counts in the Great Day game. In the WS Rules, 8 Ball is a "called shot" game with an unintentional pocketing of either suit resulting in loss of inning (opponent returns to table). Nothing spots.

I did contact GD Games about these anomalies but was ignored after being told that the game is base on the "international rules". No such rules exist. Again, tournament billiards is governed world wide by the World Standard Rules of Billiards.

Love the Great Day game, though, along with GD's other offerings!! I just adapt to the GD Game's house rules.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:51 pm    Post subject: Another Quirky Rule Exception on Great Day... Reply with quote

...oh, and in what may be the quirkiest rule digression of all from the World Standard Rules, in Great Day 8 Ball, one can play combos off of the 8 Ball throughout the game without penalty or termination of inning.

This is actually an important advantage to remember next time you are snookered in a game and your only possible shot or your best shot is a combo off the 8 Ball. Go for it!

In real pool, the 8 Ball can only be hit first when it is "on", meaning after that player has pocketing all balls in his or her suit.

One cannot even hit the 8 ball first early in the game when the table is still open. From the Rules...

"However, when the table is open and the 8-ball is the first ball contacted, it is a foul and no stripe or solid may be scored in favor of the shooter. "
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another shot I've never seen in real life is the computer hitting a ball directly (without banking) behind the line after a scratch by the opponent.
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