Two players get 15 balls numbered 1 to 15 and divided into two groups. There are solids (numbers from 1 to 7) and stripes (numbers from 9 to 15) plus the black eight ball. As the game starts, the first player takes the breaking shot on the balls racked in triangular fashion. The breaking shot choose the group of balls. The ultimate goal of 8 ball pool is for each player to pot all balls from the assigned group of balls and then pot the eight ball.