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January: 9 Ball Debate
January 2017

Q: Where do you stand on the whole 9-ball break debate? Nine on the spot? One on the spot? Three balls pocketed and/or past the headstring? Rack your own? Rack your oppponents. Magic rack? Break box? Itís very confusing out there.

Tania Cioffi, Frankfurt, Ill.

A: If we have to play 9-ball, I like the idea of the 1 on the spot, but also the requirement that three balls have to get past the headstring or go into a pocket. Although I love the Magic Rack, I would say that we must use a traditional triangle rack and rack our own. My personal preference is that we play 8-ball, as that is the most popular pocket game in the world. For the game to survive as a sport, we have to have a large fan base. That is a key factor in attracting the interest of corporate sponsors. If we take the game the general public plays and is familiar with, and we show them the game played at its highest level, I think it will only grow our audience. And that is great for all of us!