8 Ball Pool: Everything You Need To Know

So maybe you’ve just started 8 Ball Pool for the first time or just want to learn a few new tricks to improve your game, well we’ve got you covered. We’ve also included some questions we get asked a lot on our Facebook pages and on Twitter.

We’ve even got tips from the best: M A G I C C U E, Kunal908 and G A R Y have sent us their advice on how to become a top 8 Ball Pool player.

Click the links below to go skip straight to the specific section.

Game Rules
Common Fouls
Game Mechanics
Mini Games
Commonly Asked Questions


PROTIP: G A R Y says “The safety side of things is very important also. It’s very easy to clear 5 or 6 balls after the break but sometimes you may run into trouble. That’s where frames are lost. If you’ve messed up after clearing the table of most of your balls and left your opponent a nice easy table. You can avoid this by identifying the balls in awkward positions early on and try to break them up so you can pot them easily or play a safety game to force your opponent to make an error and take advantage of it.


Game Rules

  • Calling pockets
    • To call a pocket all you need to do is click the pocket you want to pot the ball into. Some of the mid-ranked tables require you to call the pocket on the 8 Ball and the higher rank tables require you to call a pocket for every ball.

calling a pocket

Common fouls

  • Fouls that will result in a ball in hand for the other player
    • Running out of time: you have a short amount of time to take your shot, so don’t take too long or play passes to the other player. Your time gets a little shorter with every ball you pot in a game.
    • Cue ball not hitting your own balls: if the white doesn’t make contact with one of your own balls before hitting your opponent’s balls, or it misses altogether, this is a foul.
    • No ball hitting the rail: if neither the object ball nor the cue ball hit the rail around the edge of the table, this is a foul. This is to designed to prevent negative play
  • Potting the 8 Ball: the following situations are fouls, and result in the win being awarded to the other player.
    • Potting the 8 Ball before all your object balls have been potted.
    • Potting the cue ball and the 8 Ball on the same shot.
    • Potting any coloured ball before the 8 Ball on the same shot.
    • In a tier that requires calling pocket on the 8 Ball, potting the 8 Ball into an uncalled pocket.
    • NOTE: Potting the 8 Ball from the break off shot is not a foul. The 8 Ball will be respotted on the table, and play passes to the other player.


Game mechanics

  • Breaking off
    • If you get to break off, you can move the cue ball anywhere in the space to the left of the white line.
    • If you pot one of more balls during your break you get another turn. However, the table will remain “open” so you can choose if you want pot the spots or stripes.
    • However, any spotted or striped balls potted during the break won’t count until you pot either pattern during your next turn.
    • If you pot the cue ball on your break, the opponent gets a ball in hand.
    • If the 8 Ball is potted on the break, if it will be placed back onto the table.
  • Having a ball in hand
    • You will be able to move the cue ball anywhere on the table. Hover the mouse over the cue ball and it will change to a hand symbol for you to pick the ball up.
    • On Mobile just swipe to drag the ball around the table.
  • Using spin
    • Spin can help you better position the cue ball after you’ve taken a shot, setting you up for your next one. You can also use it to snooker your opponent or stop you from potting the cue ball on your turn.
    • You can put spin on the ball by moving the red symbol on the cue ball with your mouse or using the arrow keys. That will cause the ball to spin in that direction after it’s hit a ball.
    • On Mobile, all you need to do is tap the cue ball in the top right of the screen and move the red circle to apply spin in that direction.

PROTIP: M A G I C C U E says “The key to being a great 8 Ball Pool player is positioning. Positioning of the cue ball is key and keeping a tight control on where that cue ball is at all times. Don’t smack the balls like your life depends on it. Use all of the time given to you and think about not just your first shot, but the very last shot you want to play.”


  • Challenging/adding friends
    • You can challenge your Facebook friends if you’ve linked your Facebook and Miniclip accounts. Check our knowledge base to see how.
    • You can search for a user if you know their player name. NOTE: players will only show up in search if they are online.
    • You can search using user IDs (Mobile only).
    • You can add a player by clicking the “plus” sign on their profile picture.
  • How do I earn coins/cash for free
    • You can earn 25 coins every 30 mins on Web and 1 hour on Mobile. Tap of the Free Coins button to get the coins.
    • You can also watch short adverts to earn coins.
    • You earn 1 Pool Cash each time you level up.
    • If you get to play against Big Rob during Beat the Boss you could win 50 Pool Cash!
  • Experience points, levels and ranks


Mini games

    • Spin & Win
      • Spin the wheel to win a variety of prizes. The top prizes are pretty rare, but thousands of Lucky Cues are won each day! You get one free spin each day you log in.
    • Scratch & Win
      • Scratch the cards to match 3 and win big. Not every card is a winner, but the prizes tend to be higher than Spin & Win.
    • Hi-Lo
      • Guess if the next number will higher or lower – you can win up to 250k coins! You can cash out anytime over 500 coins.

PROTIP: Kunal908 says “The amount of power you use in your shot is always very important. If the ball is closer to the pocket, using a low power shot will be a better solution. Don’t try for longer shots with lot of power, otherwise there’s a higher chance the ball won’t go in. Practicing will make you perfect in deciding how much power you need to use in a shot”


Commonly Asked Questions

  • If your issue requires more help you can contact our super-friendly Support team
    • Support also have an extensive knowledge base where you’ll probably be able to find a solution to your issue.
    • You can also contact Support directly and submit a ticket here or email support@miniclip.com.
  • Using the Pool Shop
    • You can buy Pool cues, table frames, colours, patterns and chat phrases and Pool cash.
    • You can also buy Pool Coins and Cash.
    • Cues have different statistics, and choosing the right one for you is important! Read up more on cues HERE.


  • How to turn chat phrases on/off, reorder phrases
    • Go into the settings menu, you can choose to ignore all chat phrases or not.
    • In the settings menu you can move your favourite chat phrases to the top of the list for easy selection during a match.
  • Beat the Boss
    • Open to all users. They can challenge Big Rob, the Miniclip CEO! If they win they get a special award and 50 Pool Cash. We will announce the event on our Facebook page so keep an eye out.
    • Check our FAQ to find out all about Beat the Boss.
  • Can I practice alone?
    • If you’re playing on Mobile you can practice for 25 coins.
    • There is no practice mode on Web but you can play our other pool game, Quick Fire Pool.
  • Can I send you a trickshot video?
    • Yes, you can attach it to a Facebook message, send us a YouTube video or email us at social@miniclip.com.
    • Check out the trickshot masterclass videos on our YouTube channel to see the best.
    • Check out our blog post on making trickshot videos.

  • Will you add free chat?
    • Sorry, but we won’t be adding unrestricted chat to our game. This is why.
  • I’m playing on PC, can I play my friend on Mobile?
    • Unfortunately not. You can only play against people using the same device e.g. both on PC or using iOS and Android devices. Note that you don’t need to have the same device: an iPhone user can play an Android user, for example.
  • Will you release 8 Ball Pool on Windows Phone?
    • There are currently no plans to release 8 Ball Pool on Windows Phone.

We hope that this has given you a great start to your 8 Ball Pool career, we’re looking forward to seeing you joining the ranks of the best players in the game. We’ll be continually updating this guide with new info about 8 Ball Pool. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments section or tell us on Facebook.

Let’s play some Pool!


90 replies

  1. Hi miniclip, I made a new Yome for pool a couple of weeks ago and its still not updating my picture is still a question mark, please please fix and tell me how long should I wait for it please miniclip…help

  2. Vai ter mais alguma atualização no 8 ball pool,seria otimo os outros torneios tambem,como por exemplo las vegas e jakarta,faz falta esses torneios.

  3. hey i dont understand how the chat works. i organaized it already’ but i cant seem to manga to send them to the other player. help?
    also, i cant seem to be able to change my profile picture.

  4. Games disconnected again and loses are handed out. Also after making ball(s) after break and making a successful second shot, balls are rearranged, ball spotted and I lose my turn while opponent takes over. Ben, why so little reply to our comments?

  5. Rest the rack atop any ball on the spot,place two balls positioned as to angled properly for either corner pockets, hitting the cue ball with bottom english the cue ball is placed on top of the other spot. The two balls go into corners, the rack falls down landing precisely on top the ball.

  6. Making the shot on break, is a piece of cake, if you know how. Place the ball approx: 2 in, away from dot from the side, just behind the imaginary line, strike the cue ball with force, on the bottom left into the head ball of rack, off center a touch, call it in side pocket, on the right side of table. A little practice and your laughing.

  7. Place a ball hard on the rail, place the cue anywhere, hit the cue to hit the ball and rail at precisly the same time and it goes into corner pocket. It’s hard to believe how far you can make it go.

  8. Why some people with twice games played than me, and equal or better percentage of victories has a lower level number inside the star?

    Thanks, great game!

  9. Why can’t you play for coins on facebook with friends? A lot of us has window phones and pc’s , why not make a version for windows? Love the game wish there was a practice mode just for practicing shots.

  10. Hi! Please help me! How I play with same opposite again? How to write “i wanna play with you again” and what I do when my opposite write this? Sorry for my bad English! Thank You!

    • Hello laurent its very nice to meet you and i will tell you how to change your avatar you will scroll up till you can’t scroll anymore (Make sure you are on the home page). you should see where it shows a blue person you click on it and it will say multiple things. the one you will need to go to will say change avatar have fun and good luck.

  11. 8 ball pool game is good game but also a bad game i agree that 8 ball pool game is a good game but also a bad game because i win the game so i like this game ,when i loose the game i hate it

  12. What keys on my PC do I use to hit the balls with the cue ball? I know how to aim with the mouse, but I don’t know the mechanics of hitting the cue ball.

    • If using a touchpad just aim and keeping finger down pull back along cue line.

      If using a mouse – easier – aim with mouse and then hold left button down and pull back.

  13. do you think you could add YOUR WELOCOME to the chat for after someone says thanks. Also there should be a way to get out of a game if a player has not played after three turns so that the other player is not sitting there waiting the full time.

  14. I think that this game unique and with that power comes responsibility i issue all players out there to listen, i have been doing such good shooting when i shoot there is no stopping me i should make videos but i don’t have a camera my trick shots are amazing i really wish i could show you. My real identity is former world champion of pool. if you want to find me look in go to friends type in UMadeMyDay just send me a challenge request and ill give you ideas and show you the best trick shots the world has ever seen. Good luck everyone and good day have fun.

  15. hey guys… how can i play against my facebook friends? when i click on Play Friends, it opens a new transparent window written Seacrh online Player. but there i can’t find my facebook friends who are online and playing the game. please let me know anybdy

  16. THIS game is Good but shoud be more Equal Not 17lv VS 110 playing all day long for last 6 mounts its kinda lame to make me with one turn and take my hard worked coins and says HEHE!!!! or you dont have a chance!!!

    • I totally agree. I wish the matches were closer in levels. I enjoy a good challenge, but feel sad when I (23) am matched with an ’11’. Should I do my best, or let them win?

  17. I love your game but from October 13 on I’ve lost several games because the host system slowed down. Frustrating me to the point where I really don’t want to play anymore

  18. Since I registered I cannot “practice” as a GUEST any longer so I would like to un-register. How can I do that?

  19. Unfortunately due to jailbroken device my account is flagged or banned.. And it says contact to u.. What should i do to re activate my account??
    Please help me

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