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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

Here's the latest from Pogo members chatting in our High Stakes Pool Forum where folks gather to make new friends, debate game tips, and share a joke or two. Register to join (it's free)!

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High Stakes Pool • Re: [High Stakes Pool] Experiencing difficulty, post here!

By IadoreyouJesus » March 1st, 2015, 7:27 pm

Pogo_Cactuar wrote:
We’re currently running a test in High Stakes Pool. If you notice any problems, please let us know here, and it would be a big help to get your system/browser configuration by clicking the following link: System Info



Browser = Google Chrome 21.0.1180.0
Cookies Enabled? = true
Do Not Track = undefined
Resolution = 1280 x 768
OS = Windows 7
Flash version = 16.0.0
Java Versions installed = 1.8.0_31

Last night in the tourneys we all kept loosing our sticks. They disappear and we had to sit there and wait for it to show up, or leave and come back. :o Also after each round we had to leave because we could not get in a table for the second and third game until we left the game all the way and came back. Now I can play the robot when playing just for fun and no problems.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: [High Stakes Pool] Experiencing difficulty, post here!

By MillerandMcCoy » January 24th, 2015, 1:52 pm

Browser = Netscape 5
Cookies Enabled? = true
Do Not Track = undefined
Resolution = 1280 x 720
OS = WindowsUnknown Version
Flash version = 16.0.0
Java Versions installed = 1.8.0_25

I notice that while trying to use English the bottom rt. corner pocket will not allow the use of English at times ( not always )

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High Stakes Pool • Re: 8 ball pool wont load since update java

By Mod_Jada » January 23rd, 2015, 9:12 pm

It is important to restart your computer after you clear your Java cache. Try that and see if it helps.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: 8 ball pool wont load since update java

By IadoreyouJesus » January 23rd, 2015, 8:55 pm

tuliptyme4212 wrote:
IadoreyouJesus wrote:I had no problem playing 8 ball pool till I did and update on my java. The update was Java 8 update 31. Now it take long to even get in the game and once I get in the game the table will not load at all. Is there any other update again I can do to get rid of this java.


I just opened and played 8-ball in both IE 11 and Firefox. It loaded fine for me, and I updated my Java to 8.31.

Copy and paste all of the info that appears in your browser on this page – POGO TROUBLESHOOTER

First we want to make sure you don't have two or more versions of Java on your computer (when I upgraded my Java to 8.31, it didn't uninstall my previous version, and I had to do this).

If all is good so far and no multi versions installed, then try clearing your Java cache, your browser cache, and your temp files.

You may want to log out of Pogo, close your browser, then reopen and re-log in to make sure these settings take effect.

If you need assistance on clearing java and/or flash caches – here is the link: http://news.pogo.com/tiki-bros-tip-talk-spring-cleaning-in-summertime/


I did what Gabby said and I can play pool now but it takes about a minute to load. As for the java I installed I went to the control panel and looked for java and I only see one java so I hope there is just one java. It says Java 8 update 31.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: 8 ball pool wont load since update java

By tuliptyme4212 » January 23rd, 2015, 6:55 pm

IadoreyouJesus wrote:
I had no problem playing 8 ball pool till I did and update on my java. The update was Java 8 update 31. Now it take long to even get in the game and once I get in the game the table will not load at all. Is there any other update again I can do to get rid of this java.


I just opened and played 8-ball in both IE 11 and Firefox. It loaded fine for me, and I updated my Java to 8.31.

Copy and paste all of the info that appears in your browser on this page – POGO TROUBLESHOOTER

First we want to make sure you don't have two or more versions of Java on your computer (when I upgraded my Java to 8.31, it didn't uninstall my previous version, and I had to do this).

If all is good so far and no multi versions installed, then try clearing your Java cache, your browser cache, and your temp files.

You may want to log out of Pogo, close your browser, then reopen and re-log in to make sure these settings take effect.

If you need assistance on clearing java and/or flash caches – here is the link: http://news.pogo.com/tiki-bros-tip-talk-spring-cleaning-in-summertime/

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High Stakes Pool • Re: 8 ball pool wont load since update java

By GabbyMaryLou44 » January 23rd, 2015, 6:17 pm

Seska42 wrote:
I also experienced sluggishness after the Java update.

I cleared all my caches, shut off my computer, unplugged my router for 5 minutes, plugged my router back in, and restarted my computer.

I don't know which part of that helped the most, but it got Pogo running again for me.


Ok IadoreyouJesus, I got my pool to load. Go directly into your java and delete the files in your java and reboot. I did this and so far it is working for me. I remember before something like this happened and the editor I forget his name in pogo told us to delete files in java. Hope it works for you, and gl

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High Stakes Pool • Re: 8 ball pool wont load since update java

By Seska42 » January 23rd, 2015, 9:20 am

I also experienced sluggishness after the Java update.

I cleared all my caches, shut off my computer, unplugged my router for 5 minutes, plugged my router back in, and restarted my computer.

I don't know which part of that helped the most, but it got Pogo running again for me.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: 8 ball pool wont load since update java

By GabbyMaryLou44 » January 23rd, 2015, 5:01 am

IadoreyouJesus wrote:
I had no problem playing 8 ball pool till I did and update on my java. The update was Java 8 update 31. Now it take long to even get in the game and once I get in the game the table will not load at all. Is there any other update again I can do to get rid of this java.



Your not the only one having trouble. Our league canceled tourney we all got in the lobby but when we click the table it would not load. It worked until we all did that update.

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High Stakes Pool • 8 ball pool wont load since update java

By IadoreyouJesus » January 23rd, 2015, 4:37 am

I had no problem playing 8 ball pool till I did and update on my java. The update was Java 8 update 31. Now it take long to even get in the game and once I get in the game the table will not load at all. Is there any other update again I can do to get rid of this java.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: pool

By trueambergree805 » January 13th, 2015, 4:30 am

Jenniferkotula wrote:
how do I fix the fact that since the side of the board is right next to the game square.....that when I draw my stick back and once it goes off the side of the board it releases the pool stick even tho I still have my mouse button pushed. im trying to do a challenge and this is very frustrating. as a matter of fact it does it no matter what side of the board im on. to get a good shot u have to be back on the stick not right at the neck of it!!!!!!


hello Jenniferkotula,

if its this badge you earned it:
New Pool World Badge
High Stakes Pool

Congrats!

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High Stakes Pool • Re: pool

By CAGal1950 » January 12th, 2015, 5:22 am

Are you using the pop up windows?
I don't and I always pull the cue passed my actual window and release it. Is your Zoom set at something other then 100%? I know it's working, I just did a badge.

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High Stakes Pool • pool

By Jenniferkotula » January 12th, 2015, 3:34 am

how do I fix the fact that since the side of the board is right next to the game square.....that when I draw my stick back and once it goes off the side of the board it releases the pool stick even tho I still have my mouse button pushed. im trying to do a challenge and this is very frustrating. as a matter of fact it does it no matter what side of the board im on. to get a good shot u have to be back on the stick not right at the neck of it!!!!!!

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High Stakes Pool • Re: It doesn't work!

By CAGal1950 » January 3rd, 2015, 9:24 pm

The lack of posts in the forum usually mean that the game is working.
Freezing is usually caused by caches being full. What have you done to try to remedy the freezing?
What operating system are you using? What browser? How do you connect to the internet? Is your flash up to date?
More information other then, "it doesn't work" would be helpful.

Click here for your system information.

Adobe Flash Player assistance.

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High Stakes Pool • It doesn't work!

By kasie6236 » January 3rd, 2015, 9:10 pm

This game freezes up all the time. In fact, there has been no posting to the forum since the 21st of December. Does anyone know there are problems??????????????????

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High Stakes Pool • Re: cuts page off

By Mod_Kyra » December 21st, 2014, 6:08 am

Try resetting your zoom. Hold CTRL and press the zero key (above the P on the keyboard).

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