Stripes And Solids In Poker: Everything You Need To Know

Stripes And Solids In Poker: Everything You Need To Know

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What is the stripes and solids game?

Solid ball in pool is a popular American pocket-billiards game. The eight-ball game is also known as stripes & solids, 8-balls, solids and stripes, spots and stripes, or highs and lows. It is played on a billiard table with six pockets, cue sticks, and sixteen balls: a white cue ball and fifteen consecutively numbered object balls.

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The object balls include:

  • Seven solid-colored balls numbered 1 through 7.
  • Seven striped balls numbered 9 through 15.
  • The black eight ball.

As soon as the balls are scattered with a break shot, the player is assigned either the group of solid or striped balls once they have properly pocketed a ball from that group. In this game of stripes 8 ball, the object is to legally pocket the 8-ball in a ‘called’ pocket. It can only be done once all balls from a player’s assigned group have been removed from the table.

The game of solid and striped ball originated around 1900 in the United States as a variation of pyramid pool, which allows any eight of fifteen object balls to be pocketed to win. Two modifications were made to the original game: the 8-numbered ball must be pocketed last to win, and only half of the other object balls can be pocketed by each player.

The solid 8 ball game is the second most played professional pool game, after nine-ball.

Balls in the stripes in 8 ball

There are 15 balls, numbered from 1 to 15. The balls 1 through 7 are solid colors; 9 through 15 are white with a single thick stripe in various colors, and the 8-numbered ball is black. In the beginning of the 8 ball stripes and solids game, the balls are stacked in a pyramid, with the number 8 at the center. The choice of groups is not made until a ball is legally pocketed; one side plays numbers 1 to 7, while the other plays numbers 9 to 15.

The object balls are placed in a triangular rack to start the game of 8 ball stripes. Located on the foot spot of the pool table, the apex ball of the rack is parallel to the end rail of the rack (the short end of the pool table). The balls in pool ball stripes and solids are arranged in the rack in such a way that they are all in contact with one another. It is accomplished by pressing the balls together toward the apex ball. The order of the balls can be random, with the exception of the 8-numbered ball. It must be placed in the center of the rack (i.e., the middle of the third row), and the two back corner balls, one of which must be a stripe and the other a solid. The cue ball can be placed anywhere the breaker desires behind the head string.

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The 8 ball solids and stripes game every player enters the game with the same amount of money. After deducting the rake amount, the prize amount is determined by the total remaining points in the game, i.e. when one of the players reaches zero, the total remaining points from all players is multiplied by the point value to determine the prize amount.

Pool stripes and solids rules

The rules for solid and striped 8 ball are the most inconsistent among all billiard games. It is due to the fact that there are several competing sets of official pool solid and stripes rules. Solid stripes pool rules standardized by the nonprofit World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) as Pool Billiards – The Rules of Play regulates amateur and professional play of stripes and solid 8 ball.

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