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High Stakes Pool

Cool is the rule with High Stakes Pool, the 8-ball, 9-ball or pocket billiard online pool game!

Turn up the pressure with High Stakes Pool! This free online arcade game from Pogo.com is a single, two or three-player table game that lets you play against friends, the computer or just knock around a few practice balls to improve your online pool game. Play the angles. Fine tune your shots. Sink the "Bonus Ball." Score points and win tokens from your friends. We call it High Stakes Pool for good reason. It's online pool at its best.


Play Head-To-Head
Play 8-ball, 9-ball or Cutthroat pocket billiards with other players.

You Call The Shots
High Stakes Pool is one of those high pressure online pool games. Players have the option to call the shots before each play.

Bonus Shots
Score big tokens when you sink the "bonus ball!" Get an extra bonus when you shoot the "bonus ball" into the bonus pocket.

Chat with Competitors
An added feature when you play online pool at Pogo.com. What's pool without the talk!

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High Stakes Pool lets you play billiard online the way you want to. High Stakes Pool offers great choices like 8-ball, 9-ball, or Cutthroat Pool, and lets you play with friends, against robots, or just set up a table and practice your shots. And of course, High Stakes Pool gives you the chance to win tokens and real cash jackpots, and to chat while you play.

In all versions of this free online arcade game, you will be using the Cue Ball to sink legal target balls in the pockets. Every time you sink a ball legally, you win some tokens and you get to shoot again. The winner of the game also gets a bonus spin, which can yield extra tokens or the cash jackpot.

Before you start playing High Stakes Pool, you'll need to choose which game you want to play: 8 Ball, 9 Ball, Cutthroat, or Freeform Practice. If you just want to set up the table and practice some trick shots, click on the Freeform Practice link up near the Practice with Robots button.

You can put a little extra on the line in High Stakes Pool by betting your own Pogo tokens. You can bet a little in a low stakes game, or a lot in high stakes game. When you enter a betting game, you wager tokens that are automatically taken from your account; your opponent wagers an equal amount as well. At the end of the game, the winner takes all!

In the case of a draw where there is no clear winner, the wager will go to the house.

You can put even more on the line by clicking the Double Down button. Clicking this button will prompt you and your opponent to double the stakes. You can only double the stakes once during the game so pick an opportune moment to ask; you may end up hustling your opponent out of double his tokens!

Game Options
If you are the first player to sit down at a table in the Table Selector screen, you can customize your game in several ways. If you want, you can have your preferences saved for future games. If you use the Play Now button or join a table that someone else has set up, you'll have to accept whatever options are set for the table. Each gameplay option is listed, followed by its default.

Called Shots [off]:
If you turn this option on, then players must call each shot before they take it. If you leave it off, then players only have to call the final shot in 8-Ball.

Shot Timer [off]:
If you turn this option on, then players must take each shot in the interval you choose, which can range from 15-90 seconds. If a player in a timed game doesn't take their shot in time, they lose their turn. If the option is off, players may take as much time as they like to take their shots.

Bonus Pocket [on]:
If this option is on, a random pocket is selected at the start of each player's turn and legal shots made in that pocket are worth 10 extra tokens. If this option is turned off, then all pockets are worth the basic value.

Bonus Ball [on]:
If this option is on, a random ball is selected at the start of game and the user is awarded tokens for sinking that ball legally. An extra bonus is awarded if the Bonus Ball is sunk into the Bonus Pocket.

Complete Game Guide

If you'd like to learn more about how to play this game, please read the Complete Game Guide.

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8-BallPool
8-Ball Pool is the most popular type of Pool game. It uses the full set of 15 target balls racked in a triangular shape, with the 8-ball in the center.
Initially, when their turns come up, both players may strike any ball first and pocket any ball except the 8. Then, once a player pockets a solid-colored ball without also knocking a striped ball in a pocket, that player "owns" solids. Likewise, if he or she first sinks a stripe without pocketing a solid, the player "owns" stripes instead. Players must then begin each shot by first hitting one of their own balls with the cue ball, and must sink one of their balls to continue shooting. If a player hits the other player's ball with the cue ball, regardless of whether or not one of his or her own balls goes into a pocket, OR, if a player shoots and doesn't hit any ball, it is a foul and it becomes the other player's turn, taking the Ball in Hand.
Once players have sunk all of their own balls, they must call a pocket and sink the 8-ball in that pocket. If a player sinks the 8-ball at any other time during the game, or scratches (knocks the cue ball in) on the same shot when the 8-ball is sunk, he or she loses the game immediately.

9-Ball Pool
9-Ball Pool is the game of choice for professional pool players. It favors the player who can set up combinations and shot sequences. It uses 9 balls numbered 1-9, racked in a diamond shape, with the 1-ball at the top and the 9-ball in the center.
The player must begin each shot (including the break shot) by hitting the lowest numbered ball still on the table with the cue ball. As long as the first ball hit is the lowest ball on the table, it's okay if another ball goes into a pocket. If a player keeps hitting the lowest ball on the table at the beginning of each shot and sinks any ball, it remains that player's turn.
If a player hits the lowest numbered ball on the table and that ball then knocks the 9-ball in (or if the 9-ball is the last ball on the table and is hit in), the game is over and that player wins instantly, unless he or she scratched or fouled on that shot, in which case the 9-ball is returned to the table and the opponent takes the Ball in Hand. If a player doesn't hit the lowest numbered ball first, and another ball is pocketed, that ball remains off the table and it's now the other player's turn, taking the ball in hand. (In this situation, if the 9-ball is knocked in, it returns to the table and it still becomes the other player's turn.) If a player doesn't hit any balls on a shot, it's the other person's turn, again taking the ball in hand. Following these rules, whoever knocks the 9-ball in is the winner. A player could have pocketed no other balls during the entire game, but when he or she sinks the 9-ball in the appropriate manner, this player wins, though the more balls pocketed, the more tokens are earned.

Freeform Practice
If you just want to work on your Pool skills in private, Freeform Practice is the game for you. In Freeform Practice, you get your own private table to set up and practice whatever shots you want to try. You can't win any tokens or a jackpot, but at least it's always your shot.
Freeform Practice Pool uses a 15-ball triangular rack similar to 8-ball Pool. You have the Ball in Hand before every shot, so you can place the Cue Ball wherever you like. You can hit any ball you like in any order and drive it into any pocket. And even if you miss everything, you can just continue shooting once all the balls have come to rest. If you want to make some extra space on the table, drag a ball over a pocket to remove it from the table. If you want to bring all the balls back on the table to set up some new shot, click the Rack 'Em button in the upper right.

Taking a Shot
In Pool, you take shots by hitting the Cue Ball with the Cue Stick. The Cue Ball then hits the target balls and (hopefully) knocks the right ones into the pockets. High Stakes Pool provides several controls to help you make the shot you want. Most of the controls can be used in any order and as many times as you want until you are totally satisfied with the set up of your shot.

Scratching and Fouling
In general, your objective in High Stakes Pool is to hit a legal target ball with the Cue Ball and knock a valid target ball into the pocket. (Different balls are legal in each type of pool game. Check the rules of 8 Ball, 9 Ball, and Cutthroat for specifics.) If you begin your shot by hitting an illegal target ball or missing all of the balls, you commit a foul. If you finish your shot by sinking the Cue Ball in a pocket, you commit a scratch.
In general, the penalty for committing a foul or scratch is ending your turn and giving the next player the Ball in Hand. This means that player can place the ball anywhere on the table before taking the next shot. 8 Ball also includes special rules for scratching while sinking the 8-ball.

Ratings Chart
In High Stakes Pool, rating points can be estimated by subtracting the loser's rating from the winner's rating and referring to the chart below.

The following is approximately how many points you can win or lose in a game if both your rating and your opponents' rating are under 2100 points. Higher point totals will receive fewer points for a win and lose fewer points for a loss.

Rated games where the difference between opponents ratings is greater than 600 will not affect the players ratings. This is to prevent more experienced player from taking advantage of new players.


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High Stakes Pool Forum: Latest Posts

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High Stakes Pool • High stakes Pool

By astoria21 » September 3rd, 2015, 1:00 am

Have no problem getting into the game and getting a table....I can also see the chat room (lobby).....but...as soon as I start playing pool the chatroom disappears. I can play the game but I also like to see who is in the lobby ......don't know why this is happening...it never happened before. I use firefox.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: No English, always on bottom right corner pocket

By IFortuna2 » August 31st, 2015, 8:16 am

This game needs a lot of work. It froze up on me when I was about to win and the scores were tied. It would not let me shoot the 8 ball from the lower left corner. I hope someone fixes this. This has happened a few times. :)

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High Stakes Pool • No English, always on bottom right corner pocket

By MillerandMcCoy » August 29th, 2015, 7:00 pm

I've run into this several times, both with windows 8.1 and with windows 10. where when trying to do a shot into the bottom right hand :? corner pocket I can't get the english option to happen. I can call another pocket, it doesn't matter which one, and english performs normally, but when I call the pocket I want, bottom right corner, I again can't use english. I assume this to be some kind of programming bug, as all the other pockets behave normally. The odd thing is, is that I can play normally, without this happening for several games, and then it shows up in the middle of a game. FRUSTRATING to say the least.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Pool

By Mod_Jada » August 24th, 2015, 8:59 am

What browser are you using and have you tried a different one to see if you have better results?

Also make sure that your browser's zoom is set at nothing higher or lower than 100 percent.

While you are on your home page, hold down the CTRL key and press the Zero key (above the letter P on your keyboard) at the same time. That will reset your zoom.

Do that before you go to the game.

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High Stakes Pool • Pool

By jerimount72 » August 24th, 2015, 12:03 am

My cue stick keeps disappearing during the game.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Fouling out and no timer during intermissions

By SataiDelen » August 14th, 2015, 9:32 pm

I remember the first few times I tried playing Cutthroat. I didn't understand the rules and got really frustrated when I kept trying to sink my color balls instead of my opponents and kept getting fouled. I finally had to read the How to Play guide to understand what I was doing wrong. As CAGal said, you need to sink your opponents balls, not your own. And it is a confusing form of pool to play if you're not familiar with it.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Fouling out and no timer during intermissions

By CAGal1950 » August 13th, 2015, 3:30 pm

In Cut throat, there are three players. Look before the game to see your color. You want to hit the opponents balls, not yours. If you hit yours first, you will foul. The object of Cut Throat is to sink all the opponents balls and leave all yours.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Fouling out and no timer during intermissions

By OldSalt1983 » August 13th, 2015, 3:12 pm

it is on cut throat and in play game settings it is on cut throat. thanks 4 responding still need help

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Fouling out and no timer during intermissions

By Mod_Jada » August 13th, 2015, 1:01 am

@OldSalt: Go to the game but don't load it yet. Look underneath the game but above the Chat Room list and you will see Game Mode.

Is the button ticked next to 8 Ball, 9 Ball, Cut Throat, or Freeform?

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High Stakes Pool • Every time foul

By OldSalt1983 » August 13th, 2015, 12:56 am

It shows my color ball at top and ball rack but every time I hit my color ball it says foul, but when the other player hits a ball that is not their color it does not say that. It does not match up my ball color to my name. I've tried on different settings and private games still happens even with robots picked. the other player can put my color ball in the pocket and it shows under my name but when I hit my color ball it always SAYS FOUL. Help some one please.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: high stakes pool

By SylB42 » August 10th, 2015, 12:50 am

Which browser are you using?

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High Stakes Pool • high stakes pool

By RameyrdP » August 9th, 2015, 4:51 pm

I upgraded to windows 10 I can still play all the games except for highstakes pool. why will it not load? Please help me with this matter. Thank you rameyrdp.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: pool

By CptnDirt » August 9th, 2015, 4:06 pm

I'm not sure, but as you know, Java, has a lot to do with the game graphics, so perhaps uninstalling the present Java in your system and installing the "latest" version could solve you situation

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High Stakes Pool • Re: gamesss want lond whyyyy

By brenda30012 » August 8th, 2015, 12:15 pm

:twisted: my game want load whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Game won't load

By shaclefheluda » August 1st, 2015, 7:56 pm

Prior to clicking on Play People or Play Robots
Check your type of settings/modes for the game
I normally play cutthroat with the bots, somehow,
High Stakes was selected. After removing High Stakes
my game plays very well.

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