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British pool tables are designed for the more strategic game of British pool, or eight-ball. The woollen cloth, narrow pockets and flat-sided cushions promote the use of tactics over raw shot power. The smaller table size means that you might try handicapping or ‘snookering’ your opponent by blocking their shots. Almost all pub tables in the UK are British tables, although you might find an American table in an urban sports bar or US-style pool hall.

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1.Set up the rack like this…

2.The Break – Player A must place the white ball behind the line and hit the pack. A minimum of four balls must hit a cushion otherwise it is a foul break.

3. If player A pots on the break when they are on that colour for the rest of the game. If player A pots a red and a yellow, then player A can choose which colour they want.

4. If no balls are potted off the break then the table is open for player B to attempt reds or yellows. Once either player pots a ball, they remain on that colour and the same player gets another shot. When that player misses, the other player takes a turn and this continues until one player clears all their balls and the eight-ball. The eight-ball must be the last ball potted to win the game.

5. In the event of a foul, the opposing player receives two shots and these shots carry (i.e. if a ball is potted on the first shot, the player still has two shots). When a player gets two shots, they can pick up the white ball and place it anywhere behind the line.

6. The following shots are classed as fouls:

a. Hitting a ball which you are not supposed to hit (i.e. opposition colour or the eight-ball out of sequence) or missing all the balls on the table.

b.Potting a ball which you are not supposed to pot (i.e. opposition colour)

c. A ball jumping off the table

d.Potting the white ball

7. If the eight-ball is potted before a player’s colours are potted, that player loses the game.

8. When on the eight-ball, if the player pots it but also fouls, that player loses the game.