Pool has become a very popular game throughout the years. It is played by all different ages and both genders.
This game has been used for gambling as well as for pure entertainment and a way to pass the time. It was an excuse for friends to get together and enjoy hanging out.
As a result, there are many different variations of the game of pool today. The most commonly played game of pool is called 8-ball, but other variations include 9-ball, 7-ball, bobcat pool, and many others.
In the game of 9-ball, the goal is to make a combination shot that puts the 9-ball in the pocket or to pocket the lowest ball until you have a good shot at the 9-ball. Only the balls one through nine are racked for use in this variation.
In the typical 8-ball version, the goal is to make all of your balls go into the pocket. You lose if you put the 8-ball into a pocket before you have pocketed the rest of your balls.
Whoever hits a ball into a pocket defines who is supposed to pocket which kind of ball. If he or she pocketed a striped ball, the other players must go for the solid colored balls or vise versa.
In the 7-ball version, the game is played exactly like 9-ball except it only uses the balls numbered one thorough seven. As with the other versions, the 7-ball must be racked in the middle.
All of the other balls go in a circle around it. As you play, you must pocket the one ball first, then the two ball, and so on.
The 7-ball must be the last ball on the table. The biggest difference between this version and the others is that you must choose which side of the table you will pocket the 7-ball in before you begin to play.
If you pocket it on the opposing player's side, you will lose the game. However, if the opposing player pockets the ball on your side, you automatically win.
Another version of pool is called Bobcat Pool. In this version you begin by placing two balls by each pocket. Then, the rack is put in the center of the table.
The object of this game is to pocket one ball every turn without missing a ball or making contact with the rack. The cue ball is then put behind the head string and has to be shot towards a ball that is below the head string.
Advanced players even place a ball inside the rack sometimes. When all of the other balls are pocketed, the rack is removed, and the last ball is made available to be pocketed for extra points.
One other variation is called circles. Circles is very similar to 8-ball or 9-ball.
The table is racked exactly the same way as it normally is for 8-ball or 8-ball. You also will break in exactly the same way.
The rules are also the same except for the fact that you will be shooting the object ball into the cue ball instead of the other way around. For example, if you are going for the 4-ball, you will shoot at the 4-ball by hitting the 4-ball with the cue.
The 4-ball should then hit the cue ball, bounce off and go into a pocket. The pocket must be previously called for it to count.
This kind of shot is referred to as a 'carom' shot. All of the shots in this version must be carom shots.
This version is very good practice for helping you improve your technique and skills in the normal versions of pool. The game of Circles is a great way to switch up the game of pool into something a little more challenging and interesting.
There are also many other versions of pool that you can learn and play. Another game played on the pool table has the objective of trying to knock a quarter out of a circle.
In order to play, you will need a piece of chalk. You will use the chalk to draw a circle on the table.
Then, put a ball in the circle and put a quarter on the ball. This is an excellent game with which you can teach children how to use a cue to hit a ball.
Another game that is played with children is 3-ball. This game is played exactly like 9-ball, but it much simpler and easier for children to understand.