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  1. Blackball pool: What do you need to know?

    Blackball is the official competitive version of pool played in the UK and is used on the IPA Tour.

    The recognised rules of Blackball are set by the WPA, pool's international governing body, and are designed to be creative and entertaining to watch.

    ·Three-point rule: Points are awarded when breaking off - one point per ball that goes fully past an imaginary line between the middle pockets and/or one point per ball legally potted. Failure to reach the three-point minimum is a foul break.

    ·'Skill shot': It's okay to pot your own and your opponent's ball at the same time - this rewards attacking play by 'unblocking' pockets.

    ·Fouls: The first shot after any foul is a free visit, but the player then continues with just one shot.

    Marc Farnsworth
  2. How can I watch the Pool IPA Tour – Isle of Man?

    All times are GMT and subject to change

    BBC Sport

    The BBC will bring you live coverage of the IPA Tour 2021 between the 5-7 November on the BBC Sport website, app and on the BBC iPlayer.

    You can also catch-up with all the action again shortly after on the BBC iPlayer here.

    Friday 5 November

    16:00-22:00, BBC Sport website, app and BBC iPlayer

    Saturday 6 November

    12:00-23:00, BBC Sport website, app and BBC iPlayer

    Sunday 7 November

    12:00-23:00, BBC Sport website, app and BBC iPlayer

  3. How to get into Pool

    With tables regularly found in social spots across the UK, it is easy to enjoy a game of pool with friends.

    Bigger pockets (in eight ball), shorter cues, fewer balls - pool is a great sport for beginners to get stuck in to.

    However, cue ball control, massive amounts of spin and arm power are all needed to master the sport effectively.

    Blackball (without the bigger pockets) is the official competitive version in this country, run by the International Professional Pool Association.