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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: Game won't load

By Rreindeer » July 25th, 2015, 11:12 pm

Three days now I've been waiting to play Scrabble. Game shows as "loading" but never does. Everything is up to date. Don't know what else to do!

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Game won't load

By C5bubbette » July 25th, 2015, 9:06 pm

I'm having the same problem throughout Pogo; have to refresh the page over and over before the game will load.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Game won't load

By SataiDelen » July 24th, 2015, 1:43 am

Are you having trouble loading the lobby AND the table, or just the table?

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High Stakes Pool • Game won't load

By sooner114b1 » July 23rd, 2015, 9:29 pm

After 12 years of playing pogo pool all a sudden the game will not load. All other pogo games load right. Any ideas as to how I can fix this situation?

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High Stakes Pool • Re: cannot invite players

By Mod_Jada » July 20th, 2015, 8:01 pm

Look underneath the game (underneath Play People and Play Robots. You should see the link "Invite Friends."

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High Stakes Pool • cannot invite players

By ALCANMAN20 » July 20th, 2015, 3:14 pm

I used to be ale to invite players to join me in a game of pool. Unfortunately I can no longer do so. Have I done something to remove this option from my screen. Your assistance is appreciated. Alcanman 20

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High Stakes Pool • Re: pool

By Mod_Jada » July 17th, 2015, 9:49 pm

Byuriver wrote:
Pogo - Browser and System Info
Browser = Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0(Browser Mode 9, Document Mode 5)
Cookies Enabled? = true
Do Not Track = undefined
Resolution = 1152 x 864
OS = Windows Vista
Flash version = 18.0.0
Java Versions installed = 1.8.0_51


What exactly happens when you try to play? Are you getting an error message? Are you unable to see the Table Selection page?

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High Stakes Pool • Re: pool

By Byuriver » July 17th, 2015, 2:37 pm

Pogo - Browser and System Info
Browser = Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0(Browser Mode 9, Document Mode 5)
Cookies Enabled? = true
Do Not Track = undefined
Resolution = 1152 x 864
OS = Windows Vista
Flash version = 18.0.0
Java Versions installed = 1.8.0_51

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High Stakes Pool • Re: 9 ball badge

By SataiDelen » July 17th, 2015, 3:51 am

You're very welcome. I'm glad you see it now, and can complete your games and badges. Good luck.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: pool

By ccboots56 » July 17th, 2015, 12:10 am

Pool is a game that is flash for some players, java for others.

There have been updates in java, flash and windows the last
couple of days. Have you done all the updates?

This will tell us what your current settings are:
http://news.pogo.com/pogo-troubleshooter/

copy and paste the results back here, then
someone will better be able to help you.

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High Stakes Pool • pool

By RollTopDsk » July 16th, 2015, 11:41 pm

I cant get into pool

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High Stakes Pool • Re: 9 ball badge

By issy227 » July 14th, 2015, 6:56 pm

thanks for the help, I would never have found that on my own

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High Stakes Pool • Re: 9 ball badge

By SataiDelen » July 11th, 2015, 2:03 am

Under the "Chat Room" tab, there are two mini "tabs." One says "Game Mode" and offers you the choice of which type of pool you wish to play, "8 ball," "Cutthroat," "9 ball," and, "free form." Click on "9 ball." The other "tab" is called, "Room Choice," and offers you your choice of playing level; "Social," "Beginner," "Intermediate," "Expert," "Low Stakes," and, "High Stakes." Beneath both of those are the list of chat rooms you can select.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: 9 ball badge

By issy227 » July 10th, 2015, 10:58 pm

can some one message me and explain how to get the game to switch to 9 ball, it will only let me play regular 8 ball, I can't find the icon to switch it.

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High Stakes Pool • [Flash Games] Some users may experience difficulty loading

By Pogo_Cactuar » June 17th, 2015, 8:22 pm

Hello,

It appears that there have been several updates released both for Windows and many anti-virus software programs out there.

We have seen a trend of some users who aren't able to load our Flash games since these updates. It seems that the recent updates, especially to anti-virus software, have blocked computers from accessing all of our games.

If you aren't able to load our flash games, such as our Hidden Object Games or Mahjong Games, we recommend you visit: Answers HQ for a workaround to allow these games to load for you.

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