For the correct eight-ball rack, arrange all 15 play balls tightly in the triangle with the eight ball in position directly below the ball at the triangle's apex and with one solid and one striped ball at each corner of the triangle's base. Place the other balls randomly.
Line up the triangular rack of balls with the base parallel to the end rail and the apex ball on the foot spot. Players compete for the right to take the first break shot, and they alternate break shots for successive games. If the game ends in a stalemate, the player who broke retains the right to first break for the next game.