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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 • Re: pogo games - high stakes pool

By CAGal1950 » July 13th, 2018, 3:01 pm

You can't. High Stakes Pool is a Java game and doesn't have the Full Screen capabilities. Have you tried using your browser's Zoom?

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High Stakes Pool • pogo games - high stakes pool

By Adi111P » July 13th, 2018, 12:37 pm

Hello all,
i am a newbie in forum. I use to play high stakes pool and i don't know how to play it in wide screen. Could you help me, please?
Regards
Adrian

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High Stakes Pool • problem with page - loading main room

By allilsweetnsassy » July 5th, 2018, 3:59 am

hi.. I am having an issue only with pool - every time I try to load the main room it closes the window due ''to a problem with the page'. I cannot figure out what's wrong - any ideas? I have no issues with any other game and this problem started days ago, prior to this it loaded normally. I've had no system updates since this problem started.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool

By CAGal1950 » June 28th, 2018, 2:21 pm

Not a problem. Glad you found out what is was. You can add all three Pogo links to your allow list.
Pogo.com
Pogospike-prod.pogo.com
game3.pogo.com

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool

By Spud0_ » June 28th, 2018, 2:06 pm

I found out the problem, so sorry for going on about it, it's just that I love the pool game. The problem is that I have an ad blocker on so when I open a table I have to click alt/Ctrl as I'm opening the table to get it to open up. My daughter had told me this before but I had forgot about it. Thank you so very much for the replies and the help. :)

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool

By CAGal1950 » June 28th, 2018, 1:52 pm

Are you picking a Room? You say "link". Do you mean you are clicking on the Play People/ Play Robots? Are you moving the Table Select/Lobby to the side so you can see the Start Game?
Do you have the Pop up windows enabled for embedded games?

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool

By Spud0_ » June 28th, 2018, 1:43 pm

I click on the " High Stakes pool " link , then pick a table, and click on it and then a screen opens up but it's just the " High Stakes Pool " link to pick a table again that opens in the window where the table is suppose to open up.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool

By CAGal1950 » June 21st, 2018, 11:55 am

You pick a Table from the Table Select/Lobby. When you pick an empty table, you will get anther pop up: The Table Options.
Set is the way you want and then click Play.
Are you saying that after you've done this, the game isn't loading in the main screen? Have you checked behind the Table Select/Lobby?

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool

By Spud0_ » June 21st, 2018, 11:18 am

I can not open the high stakes pool " Table ", the lobby opens but when I click play, it opens another screen but it's just the lobby again. Can anyone let me know how I can open a Table to play? Please & Thank you

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool

By CAGal1950 » June 19th, 2018, 11:50 am

The Table Select Lobby, is behind the main screen. If you hover your mouse over your browser icon on the taskbar, you will see it. If you want to keep it in view at all times, click on the Boxes in the upper right corner of your screen. This will resize your screen. Make it narrower so you can keep the Table Select/Lobby in view. This will not interfere with the size of the game.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool

By Dancyb12 » June 19th, 2018, 2:14 am

I want to see the lobby, how do I get to it? ty

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool

By CAGal1950 » June 15th, 2018, 6:13 pm

There is a mute button, that will allow you to not see their chat. If you can not see it, you will not respond to it and eventually these ne'er-do -wells will shut up and leave.
There is also a Report Abuse feature in Chat and that is the only way Pogo will see what is happening.

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High Stakes Pool • High Stakes Pool

By TootieJudyFruity » June 15th, 2018, 4:46 pm

I have a question. we have a couple of pool tournaments that shows up in Cutthroat. They usually play in different rooms. The administrators and team leaders fights and bullies each other in cutthroat in evenings. They then attack other people in the room as we have known each other for few years, it's hard to listen to such foul talk back and forth.
My question can pogo dissolve tournaments for non sportsmanship like conduct?.
They are driving lots of people away from cutthroat because we cannot handle all of their abuse.
If so I can provide names of these people. They are a poor reflection for pogo, leagues and how to treat people.
Pogo should help control bulling in any form .

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High Stakes Pool • Re: pogo pool

By Mod_Jada » May 24th, 2018, 6:56 pm

Have you tried refreshing the page?

Also make sure your browser's zoom set at 100 percent.

While you are on the 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 bring your zoom back to 100 percent.

Do that BEFORE you go to the game.

See if that helps.

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High Stakes Pool • pogo pool

By xPITTSBURGx » May 24th, 2018, 1:23 am

hi I can load bots to play and click on my friends list and if there playing on table I can load and play but if I try and load a room it will not load it just sits there . please help

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