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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: high stakes pool

By Mod_Jada » August 16th, 2017, 7:40 pm

franklin024 wrote:
why dosent pogo have weekly badges for pool any more


High Stakes Pool is a Java game.
Pogo stopped using the Java games for challenges in September 2015 because many browsers stopped supporting Java.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: high stakes pool

By franklin024 » August 16th, 2017, 6:27 pm

why dosent pogo have weekly badges for pool any more

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool not loading

By CAGal1950 » August 14th, 2017, 7:54 pm

I just tried HSP using IE11 on Windows 10 and it loaded okay. There was a moment of White screen then it loaded.
All I can suggest are the standard:
Clear the Java Cache.
Clear the IE11 Cache, uncheck the to box to Preserve Website Favorites.
Make sure Window 8.1 is up to date.
Do you have any trouble loading High Stakes Poker? Or, any other Java game?

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool not loading

By absAdelic » August 14th, 2017, 6:03 pm

Java Versions installed 1.8.0_144

Operating System Windows 8.1

Flash version 26.0.0

Resolution 1422 x 800

Browser IE 11.0

Cookies Enabled? True

Do Not Track False

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool not loading

By CAGal1950 » August 14th, 2017, 5:51 pm

Under the Compatibility Scan is your system information. Could you copy and paste it back here. Exactly like it says, without adding, altering or changing anything?

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High Stakes Pool • High Stakes Pool not loading

By absAdelic » August 14th, 2017, 5:29 pm

High stakes pool is not loading for me. :|

The compatibility check shows everything is good. Java and flash are up to date.

Running IE11

Dell Latitude E7250 laptop running 8.1 Pro.
32 bit OS, x64 Processor
4 gigs RAM

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High Stakes Pool • Re: cant see other players playing pool in high stakes pool

By CAGal1950 » August 7th, 2017, 11:09 pm

The Lobby still shows who's your Room. If it's hiding behind your game screen, you can use the restore down above (boxes next to the X out) and move your game screen over to see the Lobby.

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High Stakes Pool • cant see other players playing pool in high stakes pool

By Suzicue1665 » August 7th, 2017, 10:36 pm

it has been a while since I have played pool but I used to be able to see who was in the room, has this been changed or how can I get this feature back

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Game Will Not Load

By CAGal1950 » July 22nd, 2017, 9:43 pm

JARTruckingInc wrote:
logie0310 wrote:Been trying for about 3 hours, still can not get the game to open. Any suggestion??

CAGal1950 wrote:

Perhaps if you posted what your operating system is and what browser (and version) you are using, it would make it easier for someone to offer a suggestion or even a solution.
Click here to copy your system information from Pogo's Scan

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Game Will Not Load

By JARTruckingInc » July 22nd, 2017, 8:33 pm

logie0310 wrote:
Been trying for about 3 hours, still can not get the game to open. Any suggestion??

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Game Will Not Load

By CAGal1950 » July 15th, 2017, 3:17 pm

Just because you cannot access it with the browsers you are using, doesn't mean it isn't working for others. I just tried it using: IE11, Firefox 52 ESR(extended support release) and Pale Moon. No problems load or playing on any one of the browsers.
Perhaps if you posted what your operating system is and what browser (and version) you are using, it would make it easier for someone to offer a suggestion or even a solution.
Click here to copy your system information from Pogo's Scan

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High Stakes Pool • Re: Game Will Not Load

By glassmanagc » July 15th, 2017, 12:39 pm

why is histakes pool listed in games anymore can not get in

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High Stakes Pool • Attention - Chrome 59

By Pogo_Llama » June 30th, 2017, 9:08 pm

Hello Pogo community,

The most recent update to the Google Chrome browser to Chrome 59 has resulted in loading errors for many of Pogo games, specifically table games where you can play vs. a bot or a person.

We are aware of this issue and are working on a fix to it. During this time, we ask that you play those specific games on a different browser such as Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer.

Thank you and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool

By CAGal1950 » June 28th, 2017, 8:08 pm

Just so you know, you are not speaking to Pogo staff. This is a members helping members forum. If you wish Pogo to know your request, you need to contact Customer Service.
Your original post was made over a year ago. And, nothing has been done. That should give you some idea that Pogo isn't going to convert High Stakes Pool to Flash.
And, it takes more then someone in a corner desk to program and build a game. It takes a whole team and a lot of time
.

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High Stakes Pool • Re: High Stakes Pool

By GLacagoo » June 28th, 2017, 6:54 pm

GLacagoo wrote:
oh crikey :cry: ... I am still hoping and asking when flash will run High Stakes Pool... I pay yearly, have been lonnng time member of Club Pogo.. played Pool for many a year, until Java became a mess and I played only flash games. I miss my POOL... I hear that they are slowly reprogramming the games, but POOL is one of my fav. and I do not have Java on my new computer... I wont put it in and I have no problems with the flash games. I also use Windows 10.. no problems either. I want POOL and I would hope that it will be soon? THAT IT IS NOW A FLASH GAME???? PPPPLEEAAASSSEEEE.......... :D GLacagoo


Update question. June 28, 2017 Java will never be in my new computer, as it crashed my previous computer twice... It is still my fervent wish to play High Stakes Pool, I haven't been able to play it in 7 yrs and I really feel it is unfair since I am a full time Club Pogo member and pay my dues that I am not getting my dues worth. Sorry, it is the way I feel. Please update Pool to flash , as I know I am not the only player that would like to play without using Java, which, by-the-way, will NEVER be downloaded into my new computer. Ya all are developing new games, good, but try and redevelop High Stakes Pool. Stick someone in a corner desk and let them at it...lol Thanks.

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