How to Play Billiards: What Do You Order Rack Pool Balls?

November 13, 2011

When racking pool balls, use balls and alternate 15n all the stripes and solids to set up the Eight-ball game. Learn to rack pool balls for the year Both Eight-ball game and a Nine-ball game with tips from year Experienced pool player in this free video on billiards. Expert: Joe Nichols Contact:. . .

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7 Responses to How to Play Billiards: What Do You Order Rack Pool Balls?

  1. RealGoneGuy on November 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    @802maximus The way I described it, alternating stripes and solids with a solid in each corner, is how we legally racked in the small bar league I played in for a few years. In that league, it was not unfair at all because the person who broke was decided by a coin toss every game.

    In APA, however, the only rule is that the 8 ball is where it belongs. Therefore, this “christmas tree rack” is still a legal rack.

  2. 802maximus on November 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    @RealGoneGuy why would all three corners be solid, that would make it a little unfair don’t you think? Joe racks them wrong and you rack them wrong. 1 in front, then a solid on one side of the 1 and a stripe on the other. THEN alternate so that the corners are different. the middle ball at the back of the rack must be a stripe so that the head ball is not the same as the back middle. then the remaining stripe and solid ball are placed so that the stripes form a check.

  3. azoldtime09 on November 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Actully, some people woould put the 5 at the end for an edge of an 9-Ball game.

  4. azoldtime09 on November 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    o’h it’s joe,leave.

  5. dmorley100 on November 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Holy Crap, I thought I was the only person who racked balls for 8-ball like that. I didn’t know that was the actual official way to do it.

  6. RealGoneGuy on November 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Wow…just wow.
    He blatantly says you alternate stripes and solids around the outside, which is correct. Then (0:35)he picks up the triangle to reveal the 10 next to the 12(stripes) and the 2 by the 5(solids,) which is incorrect.

    Granted, lots of rules only require that the 8 be in the front-middle, but if you’re racking this way(we call it a christmas tree rack) all 3 corners must be solid, as well as the middle ball of each side.

  7. coolerwerderfan2000 on November 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm


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