How To Play 9 Ball Game Pigeon (2022)

GamePigeon is a mobile gaming app for iOS devices. The app was launched by the company Vitalii Zlotskii on September 13, 2016, as a result of the iOS 10 update, which expanded how users could interact with the Messages app. Thus, users could access and utilizes the features of the GamePigeon app while in the Messages app. If you have downloaded Game Pigeon and you can’t access or play games, simply follow these steps. Open any message thread on iMessage and at the bottom left, tap the 4 dots. Once you do this, you should see the game. Select your game of choice and an invite will be sent to your friend.

Introduction

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9-Ball is a two-player billiards game played on a table with six pockets using nine numbered balls and a cue ball. The balls are numbered from 1 to 9. The cue ball is white and is not numbered. Players pocket the nine different balls by striking the cue ball with a cue stick.

Game Objective

The objective of 9-Ball is to pocket the 9-ball. The player that legally pockets the 9-ball first wins. The nine ball is yellow and is distinguished from the 1-ball by its stripe. 9-Ball is unique from other billiards games in that a player needs to only pocket a single ball, the 9-ball, in order to win the game. The 9-ball can be pocketed at any time during the game.

Players Alternate Turns

Like other billiards games, players alternate turns. Once a player begins their turn, they are allowed to play and continue shooting until they miss a shot or commit a foul. (See the Foul section for fouls)

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Game Play

The main rule to remember about 9 Ball is that, for every shot, the cue ball must first contact the lowest numbered ball on the table before contacting any other balls, otherwise it is a foul. The lowest numbered ball on the table does not have to be pocketed, only contacted first. Players can pocket any ball at any time, as long as the lowest numbered ball (also referred to as the 'object ball) on the table is the first ball to be contacted by the cue ball.

The break

The break is the very first shot taken at the table, when the white cue ball contacts the other balls that are in the rack. For the break, the cue ball must contact the 1-ball first. Since the objective of the game is to pocket the 9-ball, if the 9-ball is pocketed during a legal break, then the player that broke the rack automatically wins.

The push-out

After the break (regardless of the result), before the second shot of the game, the player at the table may call a 'push-out.' A push-out can be called by the breaking player if he legally pocketed a ball on the break, or by the non-breaking player if no ball was pocketed on the break. Calling a push-out for the shot after the break allows the player taking the shot to legally hit the cue ball in any fashion. Playing a push-out shot ends the player's turn and so the other player begins their turn. The main purpose of the push-out shot is to help fix a bad layout after the break, where it is difficult to make a legal shot. Unlike any other shot of the game, for a push-out shot, the cue ball doesn't have to contact any certain ball and whatever object ball is contacted doesn't have to be the lowest numbered ball. If the nine-ball is pocketed on a push-out shot, it is considered 'spotted'. However, any other pocketed object ball remains pocketed and is not 'spotted'. After a push-out shot is called and played, the incoming player has the choice of accepting the table as it lies, or forcing the push-out player to take the next shot of the game (always the third shot of the game). Only one push-out is allowed per game, and it must be immediately taken after the break.

Fouls

  • The break is the very first shot taken at the table, when the white cue ball contacts the other balls that are in the rack. For the break, the cue ball must contact the 1-ball first, and at least four balls must contact the rails. The rails are the sides of the pool table.
  • A scratch is when the cue ball is pocketed. A player that scratches loses their turn. The opposing player may then place the cue ball anywhere on the table.
  • If the first ball contacted by the cue ball is not the lowest numbered ball on the table, a foul is committed and the player loses their turn. The opposing player begins their turn and may place the cue ball anywhere on the table.
  • For every shot, either the cue ball or at least one other ball must contact a cushion, otherwise it is a foul. The one exception to this rule is when a ball is legally pocketed with no foul occurring. In that case, no ball needs to contact any cushion.
  • With every shot taken, the cue ball must contact at least one other ball, otherwise it is a foul.
  • If a player commits three fouls in a row, they lose the game.
  • If a player commits several fouls in one shot, they are counted as one foul.

[World Standardized Rules 1995]

Except when clearly contradicted by these additional rules, the General Rules of Pocket Billiards apply.

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1. OBJECT OF THE GAME. Nine Ball is played with nine object balls numbered one through nine and a cue ball. On each shot the first ball the cue ball contacts must be the lowest-numbered ball on the table, but the balls need not be pocketed in order. If a player pockets any ball on a legal shot, he remains at the table for another shot, and continues until he misses, fouls, or wins the game by pocketing the 9-ball. After a miss, the incoming player must shoot from the position left by the previous player, but after any foul the incoming player may start with the cue ball anywhere on the table. Players are not required to call any shot. a match ends when one of the players has won the required number of games.

2. RACKING THE BALLS. The object balls are racked in a diamond shape, with the one ball at the top of the diamond and on the foot spot, the nine ball in the center of the diamond, and the other balls in random order, racked as tightly as possible. the game begins with cue ball in hand behind the head string.

3. LEGAL BREAK SHOT. The rules governing the break shot are the same as for other shots except: a. The breaker must strike the 1-ball first and either pocket a ball or drive at least four numbered balls to the rail. b. If the cue ball is pocketed or driven off the table, or the requirements of the opening break are not met, it is a foul, and the incoming player has cue ball in hand anywhere on the table. c. If on the break shot, the breaker causes an object ball to jump off the table, it is a foul and the incoming player has cue ball in hand anywhere on the table. The object ball is not respotted (exception: if the object ball is the 9-ball, it is respotted).

4. CONTINUING PLAY. On the shot immediately following a legal break, the shooter may play a 'push out.' (See Rule 5.). If the breaker pockets one or more balls on a legal break, he continues to shoot until he misses, fouls, or wins the game. If the player misses or fouls, the other player begins his inning and shoots until he misses, fouls, or wins. the game ends when the nine ball is pocketed on a legal shot, or the game is forfeited for a serious infraction of the rules.

5. PUSH OUT. The player who shoots the shot immediately after a legal break may play a push out in an attempt to move the cue ball into a better position for the option that follows. On a push out, the cue ball is not required to contact any object ball nor any rail, but all other foul rules still apply. The player must announce his intention of playing a push out before the shot, or the shot is considered to be a normal shot. Any ball pocketed on a push out does not count and remains pocketed except the 9-ball. Following a legal push out, the incoming player is permitted to shoot from that position or to pass the shot back to the player who pushed out. A push out is not considered to be a foul as long as no rule (except rules 7. and 8.) is violated. An illegal push out is penalized according to the type of foul committed. After a player scratches on the break shot, the incoming player cannot play a push out.

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6. FOULS. When a player commits a foul, he must relinquish his run at the table and no balls pocketed on the foul shot are respotted (exception: if a pocketed ball is the 9-ball, it is respotted). The incoming player is awarded ball in hand; prior to his first shot he may place the cue ball anywhere on the table. If a player commits several fouls on one shot, they are counted as only one foul.

7. BAD HIT. If the first object ball contacted by the cue ball is not the lowest- numbered ball on the table, the shot is foul.

8. NO RAIL. If no object ball is pocketed, failure to drive the cue ball or any numbered ball to a rail after the cue ball contacts the object ball on is a foul.

9. IN HAND. When the cue ball is in hand, the player may place the cue ball anywhere on the bed of the table, except in contact with an object ball. He may continue to adjust the position of the cue ball until he takes a shot.

10. OBJECT BALLS JUMPED OFF THE TABLE. An unpocketed ball is considered to be driven off the table if it comes to rest other than on the bed of the table. It is a foul to drive an object ball off the table. The jumped object ball(s) is not respotted (exception: if the object ball is the 9-ball, it is respotted) and play continues.

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11. JUMP AND MASSE SHOT FOUL. If a match is not refereed, it will be considered a cue ball foul if during an attempt to jump, curve or masse the cue ball over or around an impeding numbered ball, the impeding ball moves (regardless of whether it was moved by a hand, cue stick follow-through or bridge).

12. THREE CONSECUTIVE FOULS. If a player fouls three consecutive times on three successive shots without making an intervening legal shot, he loses the game. The three fouls must occur in one game. The warning must be given between the second and third fouls. A player's inning begins when it is legal for him to take a shot and ends at the end of a shot on which he misses, fouls or wins, or when he fouls between shots.

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13. END OF GAME. A game starts as soon as the cue ball crosses over the head string on the opening break. The 1-ball must be legally contacted on the break shot. The game ends at the end of a legal shot which pockets the 9-ball; or when a player forfeits the game as the result of a foul.

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FAQs

How do you play a 9-ball game with pigeons? ›

On each shot the first ball the cue ball contacts must be the lowest-numbered ball on the table, but the balls need not be pocketed in order. If a player pockets any ball on a legal shot, he remains at the table for another shot, and continues until he misses, fouls, or wins the game by pocketing the 9-ball.

What are the rules for nine ball? ›

The game begins with the cue ball in hand behind the head string. On the break the breaker must

How do you play 9-ball rack? ›

And push forward with your thumbs. Using your hands to hold the bike to balls once you've got the

How do you win 9-ball easily? ›

So what do you have to do the adjusting the position in this one is very easy just take the cue ball

How do you win pool in Imessage? ›

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Do you have to call your shot in 9 ball? ›

Unlike other cue sports, you do not have to call shots when playing 9 ball pool. What makes the game unique is that the cue ball must come into contact with the lowest number on the table. Balls can be pocketed out of order so long as the lowest number ball receives initial contact.

What is the 3 point rule in 9-ball? ›

The 3-point break rule is in effect. For a break to be legal a player must drive 3 object balls past the head string, or a combination of 3 pocketed balls and balls above the head string. Failure to execute a legal break is not a foul.

What is an illegal break in 9-ball? ›

3.3 9-Ball Break Requirements

You must either pocket a ball or cause at least four object balls to contact the cushions, or it is an illegal break. If you pocket a ball you continue to shoot; if you do not pocket a ball or if you commit a foul, your inning ends.

Can you combo the 9-ball to win? ›

Going in order, the nine ball is going to be the last ball on the table. You can also win by sinking the nine on a combo as long as the first ball you hit is the lowest number ball on the table. That's the basics.

Is 8 ball or 9-ball harder? ›

Since 9-Ball is more of a shooter's game and 8-Ball more of a thinker's game, 8-Ball is harder to master. Eight Ball is the better game for the novice because they can more easily cover up their mistakes with a little strategy. Nine Ball is less forgiving and demands more shot-making skills.

What happens if you hit the wrong ball in 9-ball? ›

"Wrong Ball First" and "No Rail" fouls are suspended for the shot. If no foul is committed on a push out, the other player may play the next shot, or may pass the shot to the opponent. A player is entitled to continue shooting until he fails to legally pocket a ball.

What's the best break in 9-ball? ›

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What is a golden break in 9-ball? ›

The break consists of hitting the 1-ball, with the attempt to pocket any ball. If the nine-ball is successfully potted, the player automatically wins the rack. This is sometimes known as a golden break .

Where do you aim on 9-ball break? ›

Generally, as shown below, the goal on a 9-ball break (either by breaking from the side rail or with a cut break from the “box”) is to pocket the “wing ball” and squat the CB in the center of the table to get a shot at the 1 after the break.

How do you play the ball on iMessage? ›

Once you are in the conversation view, locate the app bar present on the top of your keyboard and scroll it sideways. Then, tap on the 'GamePigeon' icon to reveal the list of games. Next, click to choose the '8 Ball' option from the grid present on your screen.

How do you hit the ball in Pigeon 8 Ball? ›

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Do you hit the 8 ball last? ›

You don't pocket the 8-ball until the end of the game. When you have pocketed all your balls, you take aim at the 8-ball. The first player to pocket all his or her balls and then pocket the 8-ball is the winner.

Do you lose if you scratch on the break in 9-ball? ›

If you scratch on the break, your opponent gets ball-in-hand. 16. On the first shot after the break, the player at the table (the breaker if a ball was pocketed; otherwise the opponent) has the option to “push out,” where the cue ball can be hit anywhere, with or without contact with object balls or rails.

Is scratching on the break a loss? ›

If a player scratches on a legal break shot, (1) all balls pocketed remain pocketed (exception, the 8-ball: see rule 9), (2) it is a foul, (3) the table is open.

Can you put the cue ball anywhere after a scratch? ›

After a scratch when playing 8-ball the cue ball is in hand and can be placed anywhere and you can shoot from and to anywhere on the table as well. There are no restrictions on where you can and cannot shoot the cue ball after a scratch.

How do you break and run in 9-ball? ›

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What is a push shot? ›

Definition of push shot

1 : a billiards or pool shot in which the cue remains in contact with the cue ball until the cue ball has touched the object ball or one in which the cue strikes the cue ball twice.

What are illegal shots? ›

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Is 10 ball the same as 9-ball? ›

The key difference between 9-ball and 10-ball is the number of balls that are in play on the table. Both games have to have the balls pocketed in numerical order, but with 10-ball, the player has to call all the shots and state which pocket it is going in.

What size table is used for 9-ball? ›

A 9ft Regulation table play field measures 100 inches long and 50 inches wide. Any size table can be considered as "Regulation" if the table is length and width ratio is consistant with these measurements.

What are the odds of making the 8-ball on the break? ›

As you would expect, the top 8-ball pros make a ball on the break a large percentage of the time (about 80% of the time).

What is the fastest break in pool? ›

slow: 1-2 mph = 1.5-2.9 fps = 18-35 ips = 45-89 cm/s. medium: 2-4 mph = 2.9-5.9 fps = 0.89-1.9 m/s. fast: 4-7 mph = 5.9-10.3 fps = 1.9-3.2 m/s. power shot: 7-10 mph = 10.3-14.7 fps = 3.2-4.5 m/s.

Where should I aim my pool break? ›

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How do you rack 9-ball to your advantage? ›

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What happens if you hit the wrong ball in 9-ball? ›

"Wrong Ball First" and "No Rail" fouls are suspended for the shot. If no foul is committed on a push out, the other player may play the next shot, or may pass the shot to the opponent. A player is entitled to continue shooting until he fails to legally pocket a ball.

Is a scratch in 9-ball ball in hand? ›

5. A scratch, foul, or illegal shot results in ball-in-hand, where your opponent can place the cue ball anywhere on the table in preparation for the next shot. The only exception to this is the break (see the 8-ball and 9-ball differences that follow).

How do you rack 9-ball to your advantage? ›

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What happens when cue ball is pocketed? ›

Pocketing the Cue Ball

When the cue ball goes into the pocket during your shot, this is considered a foul no matter what rules you're playing by. Most players and rule books call this a scratch. Bar Rules: Your opponent can place the cue ball anywhere they would like behind the head string.

Can you sink the 9-ball early? ›

LEGAL & ILLEGAL BREAKS

If a player sinks the 9 Ball on their break, they will automatically win. This is referred to as the "Golden Break." If both the 9 Ball and the Cue Ball are sunk on break, the 9 Ball is spotted back to its original position and the other player is given Ball in Hand.

Do you lose if scratch on break? ›

7. SCRATCH ON A LEGAL BREAK. If a player scratches on a legal break shot, (1) all balls pocketed remain pocketed (exception, the 8-ball: see rule 9), (2) it is a foul, (3) the table is open.

Do you lose if you miss the 8-ball? ›

If a player fails to hit the 8-ball while shooting at it, it is a foul and the game continues. When the 8-ball is the legal object ball, a scratch or foul is not a loss of game if the 8-ball is not pocketed or jumped off the table. Incoming player has cue ball in hand.

Where do you aim on 9-ball break? ›

Generally, as shown below, the goal on a 9-ball break (either by breaking from the side rail or with a cut break from the “box”) is to pocket the “wing ball” and squat the CB in the center of the table to get a shot at the 1 after the break.

Is 8 ball or 9-ball harder? ›

Since 9-Ball is more of a shooter's game and 8-Ball more of a thinker's game, 8-Ball is harder to master. Eight Ball is the better game for the novice because they can more easily cover up their mistakes with a little strategy. Nine Ball is less forgiving and demands more shot-making skills.

How do you break and run in 9-ball? ›

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Is it a scratch if no balls hit the wall? ›

3.20 CUE BALL SCRATCH

It is a foul (scratch) if on a stroke, the cue ball is pocketed. If the cue ball touches an object ball that was already pocketed (for example, in a pocket full of object balls), the shot is a foul.
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Are jump shots legal in pool? ›

9.7 Jump Shots

It is legal to cause the cue ball to leave the surface of the table by elevating the butt of the cue and, with a downward stroke, forcing the cue ball to rise off the playing surface. For the shot to be legal only the cue tip may touch the cue ball—the shot must not be “scooped” by the ferrule or shaft.

Can you hit 8-ball off opponents ball? ›

- If the player contacts another object ball with the cue ball before pocketing the 8-ball A combination shot or carom shot can never be used to pocket the 8-ball when the 8-ball is the legal object ball. Many areas will allow you to play a carom of the 8-ball off the opponent's object ball. Ask first.

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