Three people recently complained to me that they felt players were fixing the rack to help them make the corner ball in a recent tournament. This is why many players think 9 ball barbox is broken and think 10 ball is a better and fairer game.
Below is the things you can look for to see if your opponent is “helping themselves” make the corner ball. The benefit of a player doing this at a high level is about a 5 game advantage going to 10.
You basically have no chance of beating a strong player that is willing to tilt the rack playing on a 7 ft diamond as this allows them perfect control of cueball and 1 ball.
I recently ran 5 racks in 10 minutes demonstrating this. Breakers should never rack their own if it’s 9 ball bar table: It’s way to easy to cheat. This doesn’t mean all good players do this. I found it to be about 7 of 10 will cheat the rack. Sad. Some will only tilt the rack if they feel their opponent is.
Also, cutting the 1 ball properly can help make the corner ball even if you are not cheating.I beleive these pics came from Doctor Dave (an absolute gem to the pool community).
Ten ball with 9 ball rules is a far better format simply because rack cheating is not nearly as prevalent.
PERFECT SETS IN MAJOR MATCH PLAY