Nine-ball

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Nine-ball
Nine-ball rack.jpg
The nine-balls in a rack.
Highest governing bodyWorld Pool-Billiard Association
First played1920s
Characteristics
ContactNo
Team memberssingle competitors or doubles
Mixed genderYes
EquipmentCue sports equipment
Glossaryglossary of cue sports terms
Presence
Country or regionWorldwide

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,[1] and the 1984 novel sequel The Color of Money and 1986 film The Color of Money.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Review: Hustler, The". preview.reelviews.net. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  2. "'The Color of Money': Three Men and a Sequel". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 January 2020.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Official website
  • Pro9 - website detailing the many nine-ball tournaments held within the British Isles and beyond