>> There is one good reason for *not* instituting 3-foul in 8-ball. If
>> you run 6 of your seven balls and miss while your opponent has ball in
>> hand with all of his balls on the table, chances are very good that he
>> is going to be able to play three consecutive fouls on you. With all
>> the choices 7 balls provides, I can freeze the cue on one of my balls
>> and usually send one of my other balls down near your ball to limit
>> the angles at which you can hit it.
cliff> WHY wouldn't you try to run out? With your opponent having one ball
cliff> left, isn't this the thing to do? If in the course of your run, you get
cliff> into a jam
cliff> then yes play safe, but wouldn't you do this anyway?
cliff> Just a thought....
Well, I've seen my opponent do this to me once in a tournament. I left one
ball, he had all his on the table, I fouled, then he picked it up and ran
out. I think most 8-ball players would do this anyways, but if there were
a three-foul rule, then it may be easier to safe...
...Picture the final tournament, with money on the line. Both players are
on the hill. One guy breaks and runs 6 balls, then fouls, leaving his 7th ball
by three of the other guy's balls. Add to this the factor that the first guy
may not be that great at kicking the ball around the rails. The opponent
might see an easier path to the money by simply safing, rather than attempting
the runout (which at one point he/she would have to break out the first
player's 7th ball in the open). Suppose the second opponent hasn't been
feeling very confident in his shotmaking abilities towards the end of a match.
easier to do so to get the money.
I haven't played in that many tournaments, but I've tanked the ones I played
in enough to know that in the heat of battle, safing seems a much better
option at times.
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