International 8-Ball Rules were created with the intention of providing better symmetry alongside other 8-ball pool rulesets around the world.
Ultimate Pool commentator and former international player Simon Webb details the rules in this YouTube video here. (Please note – since this video was published, Ultimate Pool events are now played to a 3-point break rule)
Originally known as ‘Supreme Rules’, they were first played in a major ‘English 8-Ball Pool’ event at the 2018 Supreme Series Grand Final which held a record-breaking first prize of £51,000. They were then fully incorporated throughout the entire 2019 Supreme Series and gained acclaim amongst the world’s top players who contested these events.
The rules have since evolved into International 8-Ball Rules in recognition of their global appeal. It is hoped that the rules will provide increased understanding and visibility of ‘English 8-Ball Pool’ throughout the world, resonating with new viewers who can follow and acknowledge the action. Previously, audiences from certain territories may have struggled to appreciate the intricacies of other rulesets within the sport.
The Ultimate Pool Group believes that the simplicity and fast-paced nature of International 8-Ball Rules can unlock the sport’s potential to the world.