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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 • [GLOBAL] Players may not be able to login using facebook

By Pogo_Cactuar » April 16th, 2014, 3:11 pm

Our team is aware of an issue that is preventing users from using the login with facebook option to log in to the website.

We recommend if you've registered to receive tokens, that you use your actual Pogo account that you created and that password to log in.

Our team is currently investigating this issue and hopes to have it resolved soon.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: [RESOLVED][GLOBAL] Intermittent System is too Busy Messa

By Pogo_Cactuar » April 15th, 2014, 7:50 pm

Our team has since resolved this issue and will continue to monitor the servers.

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High Stakes Pool • [RESOLVED][GLOBAL] not being recognized as a Club Member

By Pogo_Cactuar » April 15th, 2014, 5:05 pm

Our team is aware that some players are unable to access all features of Club Pogo and are receiving a message "Join Club Pogo" when the player is already a Club Pogo member.

Our team is currently looking into this issue and hopes to have it resolved soon.

EDIT 4/15/14 @ 12:45pm: Our team has resolved this issue. If you are still not able to access all of the Club Pogo features and you are a Club Pogo member, please log out of your account and log back in and you should be good to go.

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High Stakes Pool • [GLOBAL] Chat not working & Room list showing 0 players

By Pogo_Cactuar » April 11th, 2014, 4:40 pm

Our team is aware of some flash games not loading chat and the room list showing as if there are no players in the rooms.

A complete list of affected games can be found here.

List of Flash Games

The games that are affected are listed in green text.

Our team is working on a solution to this issue and hopes to have it resolved soon.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

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High Stakes Pool • [GLOBAL] Heartbleed Vulnerability Issue

By Pogo_Cactuar » April 11th, 2014, 3:26 pm

As you may be aware, a website vulnerability named the Heartbleed Bug has been all over the news as of Monday, April 7th, 2014.

As soon as we became aware of Heartbleed, we began actively identifying and patching any vulnerable systems to ensure Pogo.com is secure. We have no reason to believe any passwords or personal information were stolen, but suggest erring on the side of caution and updating your Pogo password.

For more information, check our our Pogo News article here: Heartbleed Vulnerability Issue

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High Stakes Pool • Re: pool game room window not opening

By Mod_Jada » April 10th, 2014, 8:02 pm

You're welcome. I'm glad you solved the problem. :)

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High Stakes Pool • Re: pool game room window not opening

By ppearth » April 10th, 2014, 7:56 pm

Thanks for your reply.

After discovering that I couldn't open a new window at all in Firefox I tracked it down to the WOT (Web Of Trust) add-on that I'd just installed. I uninstalled that and everything's hunky-dory. But thanks for the tip :-)

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High Stakes Pool • Re: pool game room window not opening

By Mod_Jada » April 10th, 2014, 4:42 pm

When that happens I usually switch tabs (go from 9 ball to 8 ball), choose a room, and get the game to load I then switch back to the original tab and the game loads.
You can also try a different browser to see if you have better results.

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High Stakes Pool • pool game room window not opening

By ppearth » April 10th, 2014, 8:21 am

Hi;

When I click on a game room link, instead of opening another window with the game room the page just scrolls up to the top, then stops and nothing else happens.

Anyone know why this is happening please?

cheers!

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High Stakes Pool • [RESOLVED][GLOBAL] Intermittent System is too Busy Message

By Pogo_Cactuar » April 9th, 2014, 5:01 pm

Our team is aware that some players may be receiving an intermittent System is too Busy Message.

Our team is working on a resolution to this issue. As this issue may not be affecting all players and that it may be an intermittent issue, it may appear to be working fine for periods of time.

Please keep an eye out here for news and updates regarding this issue.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Adverts

By Mod_Kyra » April 5th, 2014, 2:37 pm

Saturation advertising is everywhere. As an example, with the advent of easy recording of TV shows to zip past the commercials, they've taken to product placement advertising throughout many of the shows. Not having those ads is the major reason I pay my 11 cents a day for Club. It's worth it to me.

No web site can be everything to everyone. I wouldn't put my own images on the site even if it were a choice. Also...I don't want to pay extra to staff the monitoring of inappropriate content.

I'm not sure that you know that posting here gets your thoughts to other members, but not to Pogo. Pogo can be reached by using the Help link at the top right of your page or by sending an email to the editor at editor@pogo.com

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Adverts

By Justineukxx » April 5th, 2014, 2:28 pm

I can see your point but there is such a thing as saturation.
I cannot even remember what the adverts were advertising because they get so irritating that I shut my mind off to them.

As for pictures on profiles: Yahoo games profiles can have photos on them and other than the odd moron posting a pic of his POGO which we reported and it was removed there were not any issues.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Adverts

By Mod_Skratty » April 5th, 2014, 12:49 pm

The purpose of the ads is to actually get folks to watch them, observe the product and hopefully buy it. As annoying as the breaks are, my guess is that ever-running ads outside of the game window would be easily ignored - no corporate client is going to care for that.

As for the minis, two things come to mind - site-purchased content is a moneymaker for the site. Any revenue stream is going to be a boon to the site. Also, with personal content there would need to be copious oversight - can you imagine the number of terms of service violations that could occur? From copyright violations to pornography to even more advertising, free reign in graphics content could be a disaster. Best to leave that to sites such as facebook that have the server allocation already in place.

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High Stakes Pool • Adverts

By Justineukxx » April 5th, 2014, 12:37 pm


I realise that Pogo has to cover its costs in some way to enable it to provide free games but do we have to have the adverts between each game that we play?
It really does break up the game play.
Can you not just have the adverts running all the time at the top of the table display?

Also not really on topic but it would be better if we were able to post photos on our profiles instead of the Avatars that you have.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Practice tables

By Beyechonjr » April 4th, 2014, 12:17 pm

i just went to pool home page and on right side.. on top clicked on freeform and it took me right to a table.. and you can only practice there by yourself.. since you can place the balls wherever.. wish you could go in with someone.. watch them make a shot then place the balls again and try yourself..dont know why it isnt working for you.. you cant clicked on 8 ball or 9 ball and try to get freeform there..

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