A player may not take two successive shots at sinking the eight ball. If the first shot does not end the game, play rotates to the other shooter and the player must wait his turn before a second attempt is taken.
In the standard game of eight ball, each shooter has a group of seven balls, which are either solid balls numbered one through seven or striped balls numbered nine through 15. Each of these balls must be off the table before a shot is attempted at the eight ball. The game ends when the ball is sunk in a properly marked pocket without scratching, which results in an automatic victory by the non-shooting player.