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Question Why 8 Ball ? - 02-17-2016, 01:50 PM

I'm not trying to bash 8 Ball or those that love it, as any pool is better then no pool.
It's not that I have mastered 8 Ball, I just don't get all excited about it like I do 9 or 10 Ball.

There are so many balls to choose from, it gets confusing trying to figure out the best path to the 8 ball. Do I take solids or do I take stripes? Your opponent has a bunch of balls to choose from for a shot.

Then there is the break. How the heck can a guy smack a 15 ball rack and not make a ball on the break? Then when I do and get a good spread and don't run out I feel like an idiot. Gets darn frustrating guys!

Also, 8 Ball is the only game I have ever won when I was sitting in a chair!
  
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02-17-2016, 01:54 PM

It's closest to straight pool, which is why I like it. Those reasons you list are what generally draws me to it.
  
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02-17-2016, 02:01 PM

My reasons for why 8ball is popular:

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1. Rules work well with coin operated table
2. Utilizes all 15 balls (novices get their money's worth)
3. Has the perception of fairness (both players must pocket 8 balls to win)
4. Easy to understand

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5. Bar Boxes are easy to transport, easy to assemble and require minimum space
6. Bar Box 8ball creates more clusters and blocked paths, often forcing games to stretch multiple innings. By comparison, bar box 9ball is criticized as too easy.

I like how there can be multiple approaches to playing expert 8ball. For rotation, your options are often limited but pattern games such as 8ball require a much greater degree of evaluation and planning.


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02-17-2016, 02:06 PM

I think 8-ball is my weakest game but I still love it. My only qualm with it is that alot of times it's too forgiving and there are too many bail outs if you play something wrong. As it is, that's part of the game, and the great players use that forgiveness to their advantage.

Hmmm... I should probably start practicing 8-ball...


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02-17-2016, 02:40 PM

One pocket and 8 ball on the little table are the only interesting games.


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02-17-2016, 02:45 PM

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I think 8-ball is my weakest game but I still love it. My only qualm with it is that alot of times it's too forgiving and there are too many bail outs if you play something wrong. As it is, that's part of the game, and the great players use that forgiveness to their advantage.

Hmmm... I should probably start practicing 8-ball...
yeah, at the start, then the noose gets tighter and tighter. Thus, why there are LOTS of failed run outs in 8ball. It's more like a chess game. Sometimes you can see your opponent and he shoots well, but then suddenly, you see he's choosing the wrong pattern. I'm sure I've done it myself, once or twice


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02-17-2016, 02:46 PM

An observation

8-Ball gets more difficult as the run continues with more obstacles and decisions to make

9-Ball gets easier

Sometimes, playing rotation is fun to move the cueball around more, and helps to get a errant stroke back in shape.
  
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02-17-2016, 02:53 PM

Just another observation:

86% of the leagues play 8-ball on a 7 foot table.

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02-17-2016, 03:15 PM

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02-17-2016, 03:44 PM

So you don't like 8-ball, who cares? It has its moments. I wouldn't call 8-ball chess. sometimes it is very easy, sometimes it can be very hard. Playing eight ball will certainly help you see more breakouts in 9-ball. I often thought about playing with a twenty one ball rack. Take three of each from another set and add arrow of six on the back, put the eight on the spot. Mull that over a bit.
  
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02-17-2016, 03:49 PM

Get a copy of Phil Capelle's play your best 8 ball...there's a lot to 8 ball played well. It is an easy game, but it's a nice break from rotation games.

In 8 ball the better player wins more often than 9 ball. Though the races tend to be short.
  
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02-17-2016, 03:53 PM

Here is me while commentating a game of 9 or 10 ball, "Look he's shooting the one, bet he goes for the 2 next. He's shooting the 3 and going to try to get on the 4." Yes, it is as boring as it sounds. I play both 8 and 9 in leagues but even when I was younger preferred 8 ball for all the reasons the OP listed.


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Why 8 ball? - 02-17-2016, 03:56 PM

Why checkers instead of chess????


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02-17-2016, 04:02 PM

Probably my favorite game after 14.1...


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02-17-2016, 04:07 PM

I love 8b on the big table.
  
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