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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: 9 ball pool

By CAGal1950 » July 9th, 2014, 4:38 pm

You have no High Stakes Pool Badge activated that I could see in your profile. And, the only one I know of is this one:

9-Ball Badge
High Stakes Pool

Win 9 "9-Ball" games this week!
Win this badge plus 1500 tokens!

Originally issued: Mar 5, 2008

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High Stakes Pool • 9 ball pool

By BINKYANDLILBITS » July 9th, 2014, 4:29 pm

I am playing 9 ball for a badge , won twice , no credit. Started over twice, same result.

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

By qjack88 » July 8th, 2014, 2:54 am

Browser = Firefox 30.0
Cookies Enabled? = true
Do Not Track = unspecified
Resolution = 1366 x 768
OS = Windows 7
Flash version = 13.0.0
Java Versions installed = 1.7.0_60
cant see lobby and play pool, cant use english, cant chat in pool room hate what ever they did to pool :(

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

By CAGal1950 » July 6th, 2014, 7:49 pm

lvmsftly wrote:
i also use other browsers as well and they are all up to date and all have the same problems.

Sorry, but your Chrome and Java are both out of date. Chrome is now: Version 35.0.1916.153 m
And Java is 7.60.
Open the Chrome Bars and then select About Google Chrome and it will update for you.
Open the Control Panel and select Java and the on the Update tab, select Update Now.
Restart your computer when you are through and see if you can play better. ;)

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

By lvmsftly » July 6th, 2014, 7:44 pm

Browser = Firefox 30.0
Cookies Enabled? = true
Do Not Track = unspecified
Resolution = 1366 x 768
OS = Windows 7
Flash version = 14.0.0
Java Versions installed = 1.7.0_51


Browser = Google Chrome 21.0.1180.0
Cookies Enabled? = true
Do Not Track = undefined
Resolution = 1366 x 768
OS = Windows XP
Flash version = 14.0.0
Java Versions installed = 1.7.0_51


i also use other browsers as well and they are all up to date and all have the same problems. so here are the issues we are having. please put pool back the way it was :( i'm no longer having fun like i was.

1) can't use friends list as it no longer puts me in lobby but on their table in pool.
2) if in lobby and want to see if a friend in league is on to jump tour i get kicked from lobby when i click on friends list.
3) takes me several times to load tables and when i do i get home page then other pages flash before table loads.
4) when leaving table to join another table i have to log out of pogo to log back in to go to table and sometimes this takes several attempts.
5) when opponent joins table there is no message to let him in

these are just a few i am experiencing as well as alot of others.
i'm in pool leagues and the only game i play on pogo and this is not why i pay for club. why cant pogo leave pool alone :( flash crashes on fb alot so u really think going to flash will be better ???? java gives me less headache than flash.

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

By Mod_Aby » July 6th, 2014, 2:20 pm

This is a thread for gathering specific information for Pogo. Please list your issue and system information as requested in the first post of this thread.

For members who are asking for advice on resolving a specific issue in High Stakes Pool, please start a new thread in the Technical Forum or the Individual Troubleshooting forum:

Clickable link for Troubleshooting Forum Rules :
Individual Troubleshooting Forum Rules

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

By DDe121 » July 6th, 2014, 11:48 am

my java is up to date
my flash is up to date
everything is up to date
i use aol

I have been playing pool on pogo since 2000 and other than occassional glitches here and there through the years i have never had any problems. since you changed the format i am unable to view profiles from table which when in a league i like seeing who my opponent is and their rating setup however no i am unable to do that. if a member is in a tour coming up but not in room if i click on friends list to locate them i get kicked from the room. when i load the table if it does load which it never does on first attempt anymore :( it goes through a wide variety of different pages. when i am done with a game and click off the table to go into lobby i then have to refresh pogo entirely before i am able to join the next table which has caused me to time out due to having to refresh pogo to get back to the room. (these problems i never had till the "new look") grrrrrrrrrr :(
i have taken a survey of 3 other rooms with different members and we all are experiencing the same problems and not only in 8 ball but in 9 ball as well. we are losing members who are getting frustrated due to the new "pool" and most are club members and do not like it :( please put pool back the way it was.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: new embedded pool version

By Beyechonjr » July 6th, 2014, 11:44 am

i usually freeze up if i try to view at table.. so i look at the profiles in the lobby... all one has to do is click maybe a couple times at top of names to put them back in alphabetized order.. no real biggie for me only takes a second or two.. then i just put my lobby screen to the left and down from the pool table screen

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High Stakes Pool • new embedded pool version

By brightskies53Ply » July 6th, 2014, 5:19 am

Every since High Stakes Pool was made into an embedded game I can not view anyone's profile at the pool table. It only works in the lobby which is a pain in the neck since I have to scroll through lobby to find the players name. This is happening as of yesterday when I noticed that the pool interface has changed. Pogo needs to fix this annoying glitch. :x

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

By Mod_Jada » June 30th, 2014, 4:19 am

Katmoomow: You have too many versions of Java. One version is all that's needed. Keep 7.55 and uninstall the other two.

Your Flash is outdated. The latest version is Flash 14.0.0.125

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

By katmoomoow4 » June 30th, 2014, 4:16 am

Your System Info
Browser = Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0(Browser Mode 9, Document Mode 5)
Cookies Enabled? = true
Do Not Track = undefined
Resolution = 1280 x 800
OS = Windows Vista
Flash version = 13.0.0
Java Versions installed = 1.6.0_37,1.7.0_21,1.7.0_55
can not pull the cue stick back

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

By Mod_Jada » June 10th, 2014, 8:16 pm

This thread is for gathering information. Please state the issue you are having and also post your system information from the system information link provided in the first post on page one. Posts that do not include the required information will be removed.

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

By cantplytchme » June 6th, 2014, 3:21 am

Hi I just can get in pogo at all,High stakes pool always goes to pregame page. How do I fix this problem? Having same problem with pogo bowl. SOS please help.

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High Stakes Pool • eight ball

By katmoomoow4 » June 2nd, 2014, 5:25 pm

i cant right click to make a shot

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

By ken1260 » May 31st, 2014, 12:24 am

GreenEyeslol wrote:
Hi -

Now I am getting a message that says:

Your security settings have blocked an application signed with an expired or not yet valid certificate from running. It has been at least 2 months and I cannot get into pool. How can I fix this??


Check the date on your computer.

pool2
https://wt.pogo.com/action/pogop/pogogems/fund.do?returnType=game&returnValue=pool2&intcmp=pool2_ingame_gem_fund