The nine-balls in a rack.
|Highest governing body||World Pool-Billiard Association|
|Team members||single competitors or doubles|
|Equipment||Cue sports equipment|
|Glossary||glossary of cue sports terms|
|Country or region||Worldwide|
Nine-ball (sometimes written 9-ball) is a cue sport and a type of pool. The game comes from 1920s in the United States. It is played on a rectangular billiard table with pockets at each of the four corners and in the middle of each long side. Using a cue stick, players must strike the white ball to pocket 9 colored billiard balls in order. An individual game is won by the player pocketing the 9-ball. Matches are usually played as a race to a set number of games, with the player who reaches the set number winning the match.
Popular culture[change | change source]
The sport has featured in popular culture, most notably in the 1956 novel The Hustler and its 1961 film adaptation, and the 1984 novel sequel The Color of Money and 1986 film The Color of Money.