: > so combinations at snooker when on the colors are legal with a free ball.
: > I suspect that more common is potting a red when a color is the free ball.
: Very interesting. I did not know that rule. I suppose one can actually pot
: both balls and score twice the value of the ball on. Has anyone ever heard
: of this happening?
Well, this is covered by Section 3, Rule 10e, which states:
If both the nominated ball and a ball on are potted, only the ball
on is scored unless it was a red, when each ball potted is scored.
The free ball is then spotted and the ball on remains off the
So you are allowed multiple scores on reds but not the colors.
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