Frequently Asked Questions

How to rack pool balls?

This picture shows how to rack pool balls when playing 8 ball pool.

According to the Billiards Congress of America, the black ball is placed in the middle of the rack and one stripe and one solid ball are on each of the lower corners. Besides those requirements, ALL OTHER BALLS are placed in the triangle WITHOUT PURPOSEFUL INTENT. Knowing this will help you rack the balls much more quickly!

How to rack 9 ball?

This picture shows how to rack pool balls when playing 9 ball.

When playing 9 ball, the balls are racked as tightly as possible in a diamond shape. The 1 ball is placed at the top of the rack. The 9 ball is placed in the middle of the rack. The other balls in the rack are placed WITHOUT PURPOSEFUL OR INTENTIONAL PATTERN. The most important aspect of racking pool balls is making sure its tight.

How much is a pool table?

Picture of a Brunswick Billiards / Pool table.

The first question to consider is whether to buy a new pool table or a used pool table. A good quality new pool table ranges in price from $2,500 - $4,000+. A good budget for a used pool table is $1,500 - $2,500. Use caution when buying a table from a private seller. Our "Used Pool Table Cost Calculator" can help determine if you are making a good decision when buying a used pool table.

How much space do I need for a pool table?

Pool table room size chart.

Pool tables come in 3 sizes, 7', 8', & 9'.The size of your room will determine what size table is the best option for you. Regulation tournament size is 9'. Most people have 7' and 8' tables at their house. The goal when deciding what size table to buy is to make sure you have as few "bad shots" as possible. Refer to the picture above to see our room dimension size chart. If you have specific questions, we are happy to help you out, just give us a call.

How to clean pool table felt?


Never use a vacuum to remove dust or other particles from your felt. You can remove dust by brushing the table with a horse hair brush that usually comes with a pool table purchase. To remove chalk or other marks on your pool table felt it is best to use a cleaning tool that is specifically formulated for this task. Pictured is a spray and wipe felt cleaner made by Imperial and the Simonis X-1. We recommend to always cover your pool table with a naugahyde cover when it is not in use.

Pool Scratch Rules


When a scratch or foul is committed, the opponent gets ball in hand and is free to place the ball anywhere on the table or behind the head string (depending on the specified rules before the game begins). The most common fouls are: cue ball goes into a pocket or off the table, wrong ball first, the cue ball does not hit a rail after contact with the object ball, no foot on the floor, if any ball is touched, double hits and to begin shooting before all the balls on the table have stopped. If you purchase a new or used pool table from Mission Billiards, we include a rule book so you can learn all the rules.