How To Play 8 Ball Pool

8 Ball Pool by Miniclip

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Welcome to the Miniclip Blog! Becoming the best at 8 Ball Pool is not easy and requires time, skill and dedication.

However, you also need to understand how the game works, which is why in this blog post we’re going to show you everything you need to know about Miniclip’s 8 Ball Pool.

If you’re ready to start your journey to becoming the best in the game, an 8 Ball Pool VIP, then we can get started. Let’s go!

Playing matches and entering tournaments

To get started on your Pool career, you need to start playing Pool! There are two different types of game you can play: 1-on-1 matches, where you can play against another player, and tournaments, where you play in a knockout competition against 7 other players.

To play a 1-on-1 match, you just need to click the “Play” button. This takes you to a screen where you can choose which of the eight venues you want to play in. You’ll find you need to unlock some of the locations and you’ll need Pool Coins to enter, but we’ll explain those in more detail later.

Moscow is one of the locations you can play 1-on-1 matches and tournaments.

Moscow is one of the locations you can play 1-on-1 matches and tournaments.

If you’re after more of a challenge than a 1-on-1 match, then you can enter a tournament. From the main screen, click on the “Tournaments” button. Here you’ll see the same locations, but you’ll be playing against more players.

As with the 1-on-1 matches, you’ll need to unlock the different locations and you’ll need Pool Coins to enter, but we’ll explain Pool Coins and levels shortly.

Pool Coins & Pool Cash

As we’ve mentioned, 8 Ball Pool has its own currency, Pool Coins & Pool Cash. You’ll need Pool Coins to enter 1-on-1 matches and tournaments, and you can also use them to purchase new cues and tables for your game from the Pool Shop. Some items are only available for Pool Cash, which you can earn either by purchasing or by levelling up in the game.

You can earn Pool Coins in a variety of ways:

  • 30 minute timer: you can earn 25 free Pool Coins every 30 minutes  by just clicking the button on the main screen. There’s no limit to how many times you can claim these coins.
  • Winning 1-on-1 matches and tournaments. The highest ranked tournament, Moscow Winter Club, has a prize pot of 30,000 Pool Coins! Play higher level 1-on-1 matches and tournaments for the chance to win bigger prize pots. Winning tournaments also awards you a bonus cue.
  • Purchasing Pool Coins: to get more Pool Coins, purchase them from the Pool Shop. You can also trade in your Pool Cash for Pool Coins. Important note: you cannot exchange Cash for Coins.

The table below shows you how many Pool Coins are needed to enter each 1-on-1 match and tournament, at each location, as well as how many Pool Coins you can win.

Location Entry Fee (Pool Coins) Prize (Pool Coins)
1-on-1 matches
London: 1-on-1 25 50
Sydney: 1-on-1 100 200
Moscow: 1-on-1 500 1,000
Tokyo: 1-on-1 2,500 5,000
Las Vegas: 1-on-1 10,000 20,000
Jakarta: 1-on-1 50,000 100,000
Toronto: 1-on-1 100,000 200,000
Cairo: 1-on-1 250,000 500,000
Dubai: 1-on-1 500,000 1,000,000
 London: tournament 200 1,000
 Sydney: tournament 3,000 18,000
 Moscow: tournament 5,000 30,000
 Tokyo: tournament 10,000 60,000

Experience points, levels and ranks

In 8 Ball Pool we use three ways to rank players: experience points, levels and ranks. Here’s some detail on how those are calculated:

    1. Experience points (XP): you earn XP for every match you play both 1-on-1 and in Tournaments. You earn XP whether you win or lose, but winning earns you more XP than losing. You also earn more XP for winning a high-ranking tournament than a low-ranking one.
    2. Level: your level is determined by the number of XP you have and is the number shown in the star in the top left of the screen. Levels go from 1 to 150, with 150 being the highest possible.
    3. Rank: your level determines your rank; you’ll need the following levels to achieve the following ranks:
Rank Level Required
Trainee 1 – 2
Beginner 3 – 5
Student 6 – 9
Amateur 10 – 14
Skilled 15 – 20
Semi-Pro 21 – 27
Professional 28 – 35
Virtuoso 36 – 44
Expert 45 – 54
Veteran 55 – 65
Master 66 – 77
GrandMaster 78 – 90
VIP 91 – 100
Play to find out 🙂 100+
View your stats by clicking on your profile image.

View your stats by clicking on your profile image.

You can view all your Pool stats: your XP, level and rank, as well as some other statistics about your playing, including the number of games you’ve played and won by clicking on your profile image in the top left corner if you’re on one of the menu screens.

If you’re in a game, you can click on either your or your opponent’s profile images to bring up your or their stats whilst playing to find out about your opponent!

Spin & Win

Each day you play 8 Ball Pool, you’ll be awarded with one free spin on the “Spin & Win”. Spin & Win is a minigame which offers players the chance to win up to 50,000 Pool Coins and an exclusive cue.

Get lucky in the Spin & Win!

Get lucky in the Spin & Win!

The Spin & Win will load automatically when you first play Pool each day, and can also be accessed from Pool’s main menu.

There’s a percentage chance of winning each prize, and the high-value items have lower chances of being won than the low-value items. Tens of thousands of the top prizes are given out daily, so you just need to get lucky!

A free spin is awarded every day, and extra spins can be purchased from the Pool Shop.

Scratch & Win

Scratch & Win is a scratch card mini-game. Scratch off squares on the card and match three squares to win Pool Coins!

There’s a maximum prize of 250,000 Pool Coins. Like Spin & Win, there is a percentage chance of each prize, with the highest prizes being the rarest.

The new Scratch & Win mini-game

The new Scratch & Win mini-game

Scratchers can be won in the Spin & Win game or purchased in the app.

Using the Pool Shop

As you work your way through the levels in 8 Ball Pool and earn Pool Coins from playing 1-on-1 matches and tournaments, you might want to customise your game by purchasing new cues and tables.

You can do this by entering the Pool Shop, which is accessible from the main menu.

In the Pool Shop we’ve got over 100 cues available for you to purchase and use, with new ones added frequently. These range from the simple Classic Cue to the extravagant Millionaire Cue.

Chat in 8 Ball Pool by Miniclip

Purchasing a new cue gives you access to a new phrase!

Purchasing and using a new cue in a game not only gives you a visual edge over your opponent, but also gives you access to an extra unique phrase to use in the in-game chat! Just click on the “…” speech bubble icon on your profile picture whilst playing to drop-down the list of phrases you can use to communicate with your opponent.

As well as new cues in the Pool Shop, you can also purchase designs for your table, with frames, cloths and patterns available.

Challenging your friends

Playing Pool on a real-life table is a social experience, and it’s the same social experience playing Pool on Miniclip.

If you’re playing on, you can click the “Play Friends” button to search for players who are online using their usernames, and then challenge them to a game.

Challenge any of your Facebook friends with one click!

Challenge any of your Facebook friends with one click!

If you’re playing Pool on Facebook, you can challenge your Facebook friends using the buttons along the bottom of the main menu. The game will automatically find all your friends who play Pool on Facebook, and to challenge any of them, just scroll along until you find them and click “Challenge”.

If you want to play with any friends on Facebook who don’t play Pool already, just click “Add” and you can search through all your friends and challenge them to a game.

Go mobile!

8 Ball Pool is available on iOS and Android, allowing players to take 8 Ball Pool on the move! And best of all, it’s completely free on all platforms.

The mobile version — available from both the iOS App Store and the Android Google Play Store — links seamlessly with the web version of Pool.

Take 8 Ball Pool with you wherever you go!

Take 8 Ball Pool with you wherever you go!

This means you can connect with the same account you use on either or Facebook and once you’re logged in you’ll have all of the Pool Coins you’ve earned and all of the cues you’ve purchased instantly available.

You can download 8 Ball Pool on mobile by going to on your iOS or Android device, or by using the links below:

Download 8 Ball Pool from the App Store | Download 8 Ball Pool on Google Play

Take on the world

That’s all you need to know about 8 Ball Pool by Miniclip. Make sure you like the 8 Ball Pool Facebook Page so that you’re kept up-to-date with news and updates to Pool. You can also follow Miniclip on our social networks.

All that’s left to do now is play the game on or Facebook. Good luck!