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# What are the possible ways to scratch in pool?

Question #91246. Asked by star_gazer. (Jan 17 08 3:20 PM)

BRY2K

"Scratching"? means that you either hit the cue ball into a pocket, your opponent's ball into a pocket, or you didn't hit any balls at all. When you scratch, you automatically lose your turn.

http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/shootpool/shootpool4.html

I have found three ways to "scratch":

1)The cue ball strikes the 8-ball first (unless it is the only legal shot).
2)The cue ball strikes one of your opponent's balls first.
3)The cue ball does not strike a rail or a legal ball.

http://www.gamecolony.com/pool_game_rules.shtml

 Jan 17 08, 3:31 PM
themonarch

That is in 8-ball, the game you play with all 16 balls. There are different ways to scratch when playing 9-ball or any variation of that.

You will be assessed a penalty if:
• your cue ball fails to hit any other ball
• the first ball your cue ball hits is not the target ball
• you scratch (that is, pocket the cue ball)
• on a shot in which no ball is pocketed, no ball hits a railing
following the initial collision of the cue ball and the target ball

It has the same rules as 8-ball and more as 9-ball requries you to hit the balls sequentially. Plus the penalty of scratching in 9-ball is much more severe as your opponent can move the cue ball anywhere on the table, in 8-ball it is limited to a certain side of the table.

http://www.worldwinner.com/cgi/rules/?g=pool&game_id=16

 Jan 17 08, 3:44 PM
star_gazer

It is also a scratch if you knock the cue ball off the table.

 Jan 17 08, 3:51 PM
davejacobs

Discreetly, under water.

 Jan 18 08, 6:02 AM

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