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How often to pros make a ball on a break, how often do they win when breaking,
and how often do they break and run when
playing 8-ball, 9-ball, and 10-ball?

Here's a consice summary of typical break statistics percentages from recent major pro tournaments (from the detailed posts quoted in the respective sections below):

8-ball:

tournament year made ball on break (w/o foul)

breaker won game

break and run
World Pool Series - November 2017 37%* 47%* 16%*
US Open 8-Ball Championship 2017 68% 56% 41%
World Pool Series - July 2017 47%* 54%* 23%*
World Pool Series - April 2017 45%* 46%* 18%*
World Pool Series - January 2017 53%* 48%* 29%*
Accu-Stats "Make It Happen" Invitational 2016 73% 55% 41%
US Open 8-Ball Championship 2016 76% 64% 53%
US Open 8-Ball Championship 2015 67% 64% 52%
US Bar Table Men's 8-Ball Championship 2015 68% 58% 44%

World Chinese 8-Ball Masters

2015 70% 66% 49%
Accu-Stats "Make It Happen" Invitational 2014 73% 61% 50%
CSI Invitational 8-Ball Championship 2014 71% 64% 54%

*: 9' table and special break rules

9-ball:

tournament year made ball on break (w/o foul)

breaker won game

break and run
World Cup of Pool 2018 77% 59% 27%
World Pool Masters 2018 60% 56% 24%
Derby City Classic 2018 73% 62% 37%
Turning Stone Classic
9-ball Open
2018 66% 61% 22%

Mosconi Cup

2017 81% 58% 23%
US Open 9-Ball Championship 2017 62% 57% 26%
Turning Stone Classic
9-ball Open
2017 58% 53% 20%
Derby City Classic 2017 62% 55% 21%

Mosconi Cup

2016 76% 62% 25%
US Open 9-Ball Championship 2016 57% 54% 23%
Turning Stone Classic
9-ball Open
2016 54% 55% 18%
WPA World 9-Ball Championship 2016 71% 56% 28%
Derby City Classic 2016 68% 62% 33%

Mosconi Cup

2015 70% 56% 26%
US Open 9-Ball Championship 2015 62% 53% 23%
World Cup of Pool 2015 66% 52% 16%
WPA World 9-Ball Championship 2015 88% 62% 37%
Turning Stone Classic
9-ball Open
2015 59% 57% 23%
Derby City Classic 2015 65% 57% 29%

Mosconi Cup

2014 76% 61% 34%
US Open 9-Ball Championship 2014 53% 50% 20%
WPA World 9-Ball Championship 2014 89% 61% 35%
Derby City Classic 2014 75% 58% 34%
US Open 9-Ball Championship 2013 63% 56% 21%
US Open 9-Ball Championship 2012 62% 55% 23%

10-ball:

tournament year made ball on break
(w/o foul)

breaker won game

break and run
Freezer's Ice House 10-Ball Challenge 2018 73% 58% 23%
World Pool Series - June 2018 53% 51% 15%
Derby City Classic - Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge 2018 62% 51% 21%
Derby City Classic - Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge 2017 66% 51% 21%
US Open 10-Ball Championship 2016 79% 59% 38%
Super Billiards Expo 10-Ball Pro Players Championship 2016 51% 49% 18%
Derby City Classic - Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge 2016 60% 50% 20%
Accu-Stats "Make It Happen" Invitational 2015 76% 61% 33%
US Open 10-Ball Championship 2015 72% 57% 31%
Derby City Classic - Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge 2015 49% 50% 16%

Derby City Classic - Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge

2014 58% 52% 16%
Southern Classic - Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge 2013 56% 53% 19%

See more details below for, 8-ball, 9-ball and 10-ball.

 

from Mike Hu (via 9/14/2015 e-mail):

I've been tracking the stats compiled by AtLarge for some time now. Here is the data I have from his AZB posts regarding the 9-ball and 10-ball break. I basically wanted to answer the question: how big of an advantage is the break in these 2 rotation games?

9-ball: 3083/5521 (55.8% win-rate of breaker, 11.6% edge)
10-ball: 1139/2139 (53.2% win-rate of breaker, 6.4% edge)

The data includes his posts from his very first breaking stats post, up to and including his last such post made on 8/25/15. My data for him is only for games played on a 9-foot table (7-ft and 10-ft table stats weren't included). The data does however include tournaments that used a magic rack and those that used a traditional triangle rack. I know this muddles the sample data's "purity" somewhat but I wanted to get a larger sample size in exchange for this "experimental error."

The empirical data confirms what many (most?) people including myself believe, which is the break is a bigger advantage in 9-ball than in 10-ball. My hypothesis for why this edge exists is because 10-ball has 1 more ball in play which makes it harder to run out, harder to pocket a ball(s) on the break, and more ball congestion/traffic to deal with. I think the sample size is sufficiently large enough such that tracking AtLarge's future breaking stats posts will probably not change the data by much. I suspect the 9-ball breaker's edge will stay in the 11.0-11.9% range, and the 10-ball breaker's edge will be in the 6.0-6.9% range.

 


8-ball

See the summary of tournament stats above.

Check out "8-Ball Break Stats" (BD, August, 2016) for some interesting statistics for top pro players playing 8-ball on bar-boxes.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some 8-Ball stats from the fourth event of Darren Appleton's World Pool Series -- the Predator World Series Championship or "Predator Grand Finale." It was played October 31 - November 3, 2017 at Steinway Billiards in Queens, New York. The winner was Klenti KaÇi.

This was a 68-player event, with double elimination down to the final 16 players (races to 9, with a shootout at hill/hill) and then single elimination (races to 11 until the finals, then 13, with a shootout at hill/hill). The stats are for 19 streamed matches (all on the same table), which represented 15.0% of the total of 127 matches played in the event. [Note -- these 19 matches were all from the main event, none from the second-chance event.]

The conditions for this event included:
- Rasson Victory II 9-foot table with 4" corner pockets, 4½" side pockets, and, apparently, harder-than-normal pocket facings;
- Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth;
- Aramith Tournament balls with the measles cue ball;
- breaker racks in some matches, the referee in others -- using the RYO triangle rack;
- break from outside a 2-diamonds-wide central box behind the head string (i.e., break from within one diamond of either side rail);
- break shot must contact the head ball first;
- winner breaks in final-16 matches, alternate breaks prior to that;
- take the group you make more of on the break (table open if breaker made same number of each group, or fouled, or broke dry);
- ball in hand behind the line after a foul on the break;
- making the 8-ball on the break is not a game win;
- mixed-group combinations not allowed with an open table;
- call shots;
- foul on all balls, and 3-foul rule in effect;
- jump cues allowed, but only 2 times (races to 9) or 3 times (races to 11) per player per match and only after the opponent's shot;
- shot clock in most matches -- 45 seconds (90 sec. after the break) with one extension per player per game; and
- lag for opening break.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 37% of the time (107 of 286), won 47% of the games (134 of 286), and broke and ran 16% of the games (45 of 286).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 286 games tracked.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 47% (134 of 286) of all games,
Break-and-run games: The 45 break-and-run games represented 16% of all 286 games, 34% of the 134 games won by the breaker, and 42% of the 107 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul).

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 29 break-and-run games in the alternate-break portion consisted of 2 alternate-break 3-packs (by Woodward and Melling), 3 alternate-break 2-packs, and 17 singles. The 16 break-and-run games in the winner-breaks portion were all singles; no one broke and ran 2 or more games in a row.

8-balls on the break:
The 8-ball was never made on the break (it would not have counted as a win).

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2017 US Open 8-Ball Championship, played July 29-31 at Griff's Bar & Billiards in Las Vegas. This 52-player, double-elimination event was won by Alex Pagulayan.

Conditions -- The conditions for this call-shot 8-Ball event included:
- Diamond 9-foot table with 4¼" corner pockets;
- Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth;
- Cyclop TV balls, including the red-spot cue ball;
- jump cues allowed;
- breaker racks using the Magic Rack template;
- alternating breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- table open after the break;
- ball in hand anywhere on the table after a foul on the break;
- cue-ball fouls only;
- for an 8-ball made on the break, it is breaker's choice to spot the 8-ball and continue shooting or to re-break.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball and did not foul 68% of the time (157 of 232), won 56% of the games (130 of 232), and broke and ran 41% of the games (96 of 232).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 232 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 56% (130 of 232) of all games, Break-and-run games: The 96 break-and-run games represented 41% of all 232 games, 74% of the 130 games won by the breaker, and 61% of the 157 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). 

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 96 break-and-run games consisted of 1 alternate-break 5-pack (Van Boening), 1 alternate-break 4-pack (Kiamco), 6 alternate-break 3-packs, 16 alternate-break 2-packs, and 37 singles.

8-balls on the break: The 8-ball was made on the break just once (0.4% of the 232 games). The breaker chose to spot it and continue shooting rather than to re-break.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some 8-Ball stats from the third event of Darren Appleton's new World Pool Series -- the RYO Rack Classic Championship. It was played July 12-15, 2017 at Steinway Billiards in Queens, New York. The winner was Skyler Woodward.

This was a 61-player event (62 entered; 1 forfeited), with double elimination down to the final 16 players (races to 11 on the winners' side and 9 on the losers' side, with a shootout at hill/hill) and then single elimination (2 out of 3 races to 6, win by 2 in each race, with a tiebreaker or shootout at hill/hill). The stats are for the 11 streamed matches, which represented 10.7% of the total of 103 matches played in the event. [Note -- these 11 matches were all from the main event, none from the second-chance event.]

The conditions for this event included:
- Rasson Victory 9-foot table with 4" corner pockets and 4½" side pockets;
- Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth;
- Aramith Tournament balls with the measles cue ball;
- breaker racks in some matches, the referee in others -- using the RYO triangle rack;
- break from outside a 2-diamonds-wide central box behind the head string (i.e., break from within one diamond of either side rail);
- break shot must contact the head ball first;
- alternate breaks;
- take the group you make more of on the break (table open if breaker made same number of each group, or fouled, or broke dry);
- ball in hand behind the line after a foul on the break;
- making the 8-ball on the break is not a game win;
- mixed-group combinations not allowed with an open table;
- call shots;
- foul on all balls, and 3-foul rule in effect;
- jump cues allowed, but only 3 times per player per match (once per set in single-elimination matches) and only after the opponent's shot;
- 45-second shot clock (one extension per player per game) in some matches; and
- lag for opening break.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 47% of the time (92 of 196), won 54% of the games (105 of 196), and broke and ran 23% of the games (46 of 196).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 196 games tracked.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 54% (105 of 196) of all games,

Break-and-run games: The 46 break-and-run games represented 23% of all 196 games, 44% of the 105 games won by the breaker, and 50% of the 92 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul).

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 46 break-and-run games consisted of 1 alternate-break 3-pack (by Gray), 9 alternate-break 2-packs, and 25 singles. No one in these 11 streamed matches broke and ran more than 3 games in a row on his own break.

8-balls on the break:
The 8-ball was never made on the break (it would not have counted as a win).

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some 8-Ball stats from the second event of Darren Appleton's new World Pool Series -- the Aramith Masters Championship. It was played April 5-8, 2017 at Steinway Billiards in Queens, New York. The winner was 18-year-old Klenti KaÇi of Albania.

This was an 82-player event, with double elimination down to the final 16 players (races to 9 with a shootout at hill/hill) and then single elimination (2 out of 3 races to 6, win by 2 in each race, with a tiebreaker or shootout at hill/hill). The stats are for 13 matches played on one of the two streaming tables, and they represented 8.6% of the total of 151 matches played in the event. [Note -- these 13 matches were all from the main event, none from the second-chance event.]

The conditions for this event included:
- Brunswick Gold Crown 9-foot table for some of the matches (first 4 listed below) and Rasson 9-foot table for the others. With corner pockets just over 4", the Rasson table was a bit tighter than the Brunswick table.
- Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth;
- Aramith Tournament balls with the measles cue ball;
- breaker racks in some matches, the referee in others -- using the RYO triangle rack;
- break from outside a 3-diamonds-wide central box behind the head string (i.e., break from within about 6" of either side rail);
- break shot must contact the head ball first;
- alternate breaks;
- take the group you make more of on the break (table open if breaker made same number of each group, or fouled, or broke dry);
- ball in hand behind the line after a foul on the break;
- making the 8-ball on the break is not a game win;
- mixed-group combinations not allowed with an open table;
- call shots;
- foul on all balls, and 3-foul rule in effect;
- jump cues allowed, but only 3 times per player per match (once per set in single-elimination matches) and only after the opponent's shot;
- 30-second shot clock (60 seconds after the break) on the Rasson table; and
- lag for opening break.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 45% of the time (96 of 215), won 46% of the games (99 of 215), and broke and ran 18% of the games (38 of 215).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 215 games tracked.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 46% (99 of 215) of all games,
Break-and-run games: The 38 break-and-run games represented 18% of all 215 games, 38% of the 99 games won by the breaker, and 40% of the 96 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul).

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 38 break-and-run games consisted of 1 alternate-break 3-pack (Corteza), 3 alternate-break 2-packs (Woodward, KaÇi, and Biado), and 29 singles. No one in these 13 streamed matches broke and ran more than 3 games in a row on his own break.

8-balls on the break:
The 8-ball was never made on the break (it would not have counted as a win).

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some 8-Ball stats from the first event of Darren Appleton's new World Pool Series -- the Molinari Players' Championship. It was played January 14-17, 2017 at Steinway Billiards in Queens, New York.

This was a 119-player single-elimination event, with races to 13 in the first 3 rounds, 15 in the next 3 rounds, and 16 in the finals If a match reached hill/hill, it was decided by a shootout (only one shootout occurred in the main-event streamed matches). The stats are for all 13 matches played on the main streaming table, and they represented 11% of the total of 118 matches played in the event. [Note -- these 13 matches were all from the main event, none from the second-chance event.]

The conditions for this event included:
- Brunswick Gold Crown 9-foot table with 4¼" corner pockets and Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth;
- Super Aramith Pro-Cup TV balls with the measles cue ball;
- breaker racks using the RYO triangle rack;
- break from outside a 2-diamonds wide central box behind the head string;
- break shot must contact the head ball first;
- alternate breaks for Rounds 1-3 (Saturday and Sunday) and winner breaks thereafter;
- take the group you make more of on the break (table open if breaker made same number of each group, or fouled, or broke dry);
- ball in hand behind the line after a foul on the break;
- making the 8-ball on the break is not a game win;
- mixed-group combinations not allowed with an open table;
- call shots;
- foul on all balls, and 3-foul rule in effect;
- jump cues allowed, but jumping is allowed only twice per player per game and only after the opponent's shot;
- lag for opening break.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 53% of the time (155 of 293), won 48% of the games (141 of 293), and broke and ran 29% of the games (85 of 293).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 293 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 48% (141 of 293) of all games,

Break-and-run games: The 85 break-and-run games represented 29% of all 293 games, 60% of the 141 games won by the breaker, and 55% of the 155 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul).

Thirty-five of the 85 break-and-run games occurred during the alternating-break rounds and consisted of 1 alternate-break 4-pack (by Majid), 2 alternate-break 3-packs (Foldes and Hohmann), 2 alternate-break 2-packs, and 21 singles. Fifty of the break-and-run games occurred during the winner-breaks rounds and consisted of 1 6-pack (Chinakhov), 1 5-pack (Corteza), 2 3-packs (Chua and Chinakhov), 7 2-packs, and 19 singles.

8-balls on the break:
The 8-ball was made on the break just once (0.3% of the 293 breaks), but it did not count as a win and was spotted.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some stats from the Accu-Stats "Make It Happen" 8-Ball Invitational played November 17-20, 2016 at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ.

This was a 6-player event, with 15 round-robin matches (races to 10) followed by a playoff match between the 2 players with the best records. The tie-breaker for getting into the finals for players with the same records in matches was the number of games won. The six players were: Darren Appleton, Corey Deuel, John Morra, Rodney Morris, Jayson Shaw, and Shane Van Boening.

The conditions for this event included:
- Diamond 9-foot table with blue Simonis 860 cloth;
- Aramith Tournament balls with the measles cue ball;
- breaker racks using the Accu-Rack racking template;
- alternate breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- 45-sec. shot clock (90 sec. after the break), with one automatic extension per player per rack;
- take the group you make more of on the break (table open if breaker made same number of each group, or fouled, or broke dry);
- ball in hand behind the line after a foul on the break;
- call shots, except making the 8-ball on the break counts as a win;
- foul on all balls;
- jump cues not allowed;
- lag for opening break.

Overall results for all 16 matches -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 73% of the time (182 of 251), won 55% of the games (139 of 251), and broke and ran 41% of the games (102 of 251).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 251 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 55% (139 of 251) of all games,
Break-and-run games: The 102 break-and-run games represented 41% of all 251 games, 73% of the 139 games won by the breaker, and 56% of the 182 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul).

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 102 break-and-run games (including 8-balls on the break) consisted of 4 alternate-break 4-packs (1 each by Appleton, Deuel, Morra, and Shaw), 6 alternate-break 3-packs, 17 alternate-break 2-packs, and 34 singles.

8-balls on the break:
The 102 break-and-run games included 2 8-balls on the break (0.8% of the 251 breaks).

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2016 US Open 8-Ball Championship, played the past three days at the Rio Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

Conditions -- The conditions for this call-shot 8-Ball event included:
- Diamond 7-foot table with 4½" pro-cut corner pockets;
- Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth;
- Cyclop TV balls, including the red-spot cue ball;
- jump cues allowed;
- breaker racks using the Magic Rack template;
- alternating breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- table open after the break;
- ball in hand anywhere on the table after a foul on the break;
- cue-ball fouls only;
- for an 8-ball made on the break, it is breaker's choice to spot the 8-ball and continue shooting or to re-break..

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball and did not foul 76% of the time (149 of 197), won 64% of the games (127 of 197), and broke and ran 53% of the games (104 of 197).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 197 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 64% (127) of all 197 games,

Break-and-run games: The 104 break-and-run games represented 53% of all 197 games, 82% of the 127 games won by the breaker, and 70% of the 149 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). 

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 104 break-and-run games consisted of 1 alternate-break 8-pack (Van Boening), 1 alternate-break 7-pack (Deuel), 1 alternate-break 5-pack (Van Boening), 3 alternate-break 4-packs, 4 alternate break 3-packs, 18 alternate-break 2-packs, and 24 singles.

8-balls on the break: The 8-ball was made on the break 6 times (3.0% of the 197 games). The breaker chose to spot it 5 times and to re-break once.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2015 US Open 8-Ball Championship, played the past three days at the Rio Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

The conditions for this call-shot 8-Ball event included: Diamond 7-foot table with 4 1/2 " pro-cut corner pockets, Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth, Cyclop TV balls (including the cue ball), jump cues allowed, breaker racks using the Magic Rack template with balls from alternating groups around the perimeter, alternating breaks from anywhere behind the head string, cue-ball fouls only, table open after the break, ball in hand anywhere on the table after a foul on the break, making an 8-ball on the break does not count as a win (breaker's choice to spot the 8-ball and continue or to re-break), and an illegal break unless a ball is pocketed or at least 4 object balls reach a cushion (none occurred).

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball and did not foul 67% of the time (157 of 233), won 64% of the games (148 of 233), and broke and ran 52% of the games (120 of 233).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 233 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 64% (148) of all 233 games, Break-and-run games: The 120 break-and-run games represented 52% of all 233 games, 81% of the 148 games won by the breaker, and 76% of the 157 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). 

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 120 break-and-run games consisted of 1 alternate-break 6-pack (by Shaw), 3 alternate-break 5-packs (1 by Robles and 2 by Orcollo), 3 alternate-break 4-packs, 8 alternate-break 3-packs, 18 alternate-break 2-packs, and 27 singles.

8-balls on the break: The 8-ball was made on the break 3 times (1.3% of the 233 breaks), and it was spotted rather than counting as a game win.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the US Bar Table Men's 8-Ball Championship, played in Reno, NV at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.

The conditions for this call-shot event included: Diamond 7-foot table with 4 1/2" pro-cut corner pockets, Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth (not brand new for this event), Cyclop TV balls (including the cue ball), jump cues allowed, breaker racks using the Magic Rack template, alternating breaks from anywhere behind the head string, cue-ball fouls only, table open after the break, ball in hand anywhere on the table after a foul on the break, making an 8-ball on the break does not count as a win (breaker's choice to spot the 8-ball and continue or to re-break), and an illegal break unless a ball is pocketed or at least 4 object balls reach a cushion.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball and did not foul 68% of the time (98 of 144), won 58% of the games (83 of 144), and broke and ran 44% of the games (64 of 144).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 144 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 58% (83) of all 144 games, Break-and-run games: The 64 break-and-run games represented 44% of all 144 games, 77% of the 83 games won by the breaker, and 65% of the 98 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). 

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 64 break-and-run games consisted of 1 alternate-break 4-pack (by Deuel), 5 alternate-break 3-packs, 11 alternate-break 2-packs, and 23 singles.

8-balls on the break: None.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from several of the matches of the 2015 World Chinese 8-Ball Masters event, played this week in Qinhuangdao, China. This was a 24-player invitational event, with 12 players from China and 12 from elsewhere.

The conditions for this call-shot event included: 9-foot table with fairly tight pockets and rounded cushion noses, Andy green cloth, Super Aramith Pro balls, measles cue ball, jump cues allowed, referee racks using a template, alternate breaks, foul on all balls, table open after the break, ball in hand behind the line after a foul on the break, making an 8-ball on the break does not count as a win, 130-minute match clock, 45-second time clock (one extension allowed per game) with losing player at halftime having the option to reduce it to 30 seconds, and an illegal break unless at least 3 balls are pocketed or reach the head string.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball and did not foul 70% of the time (72 of 103), won 66% of the games (68 of 103), and broke and ran 49% of the games (50 of 103).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 103 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 66% (68) of all 103 games, Break-and-run games: The 50 break-and-run games represented 49% of all 103 games, 74% of the 68 games won by the breaker, and 69% of the 72 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul).

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 50 break-and-run games consisted of 2 alternate-break 7-packs (by Melling and Yang Fan), 1 alternate-break 5-pack (by Zheng), 4 alternate-break 3-packs, 4 alternate-break 2-packs, and 11 singles. Yang Fan's 7-pack was preceded by a 3-pack at the end of his previous match, so he essentially had an alternate-break 10-pack.

8-balls on the break: The 8-ball was made on the break twice (1.9% of all 103 breaks), but did not count as a win.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the final 2 days of the 4-day 2014 Accu-Stats "Make It Happen" Invitational 8-Ball event played this week at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ.

The conditions for this 6-player round-robin 8-Ball event included: Diamond 9-foot table with regular pro-cut pockets, Simonis 860 blue cloth, Aramith Tournament balls, measles cue ball, referee racks using an Accu-Rack SOLO template, alternate breaks, break from anywhere behind the line, call shots, foul on all balls, table open after the break, ball in hand behind the line after a foul on the break, making an 8-ball on the break counts as a win, 90-second time clock after the break, and 45-second time clock on other shots (one extension allowed per game).

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball and did not foul 73% of the time (85 of 117), won 61% of the games (71 of 117), and broke and ran 50% of the games (59 of 117).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 117 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 61% (71) of all 117 games, Break-and-run games: 59 of the 117 games (50%) were won by break and run. 59 of the 71 games (83%) that were won by the breaker were won by break and run. With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 59 break-and-run games consisted of 1 alternate-break 7-pack (by Strickland), 2 alternate-break 4-packs (both by Appleton), 2 alternate-break 3-packs (both by Strickland), 10 alternate-break 2-packs, and 18 singles.

8-balls on the break: The 59 break-and-run games included 2 8-balls made on the break (1.7% of all 117 breaks).

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some break statistics from the 16-player 2014 CSI Invitational 8-Ball Championship played at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The conditions for this call-shot 8-Ball event included: Diamond 9-foot table with regular pro-cut pockets (4 1/2" corners), Simonis 860 blue cloth, Magic Rack, Cyclop TV balls including the cue ball, jump cues allowed, breaker racks for himself, alternate breaks, break from anywhere behind the line, cue-ball fouls only, a legal break requires that at least 4 balls hit a rail or at least one ball is pocketed (no illegal breaks occurred), and ball in hand anywhere after a foul on the break.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball and did not foul 71% of the time (154 of 218), won 64% of the games (139 of 218), and broke and ran 54% of the games (118 of 218).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 218 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 64% (139) of all 218 games,

Break-and-run games: With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 118 break-and-run games (54% of all the games) consisted of 1 alternate-break 6-pack (by Bustamante), 2 alternate-break 5-packs (by P-Y Ko and Orcollo), 3 alternate-break 4-packs ( P-Y Ko, Van Boening, and P-C Ko), 8 alternate-break 3-packs, 16 alternate-break 2-packs, and 34 singles.

8-balls on the break: None.

 


9-ball

See the summary of tournament stats above.

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2018 World Cup of Pool event (9-Ball) played May 15-20, 2018 in Shanghai China. This was a single-elimination tournament with 32 two-man teams from 31 countries (the home country had two entries). The China A team (Wu Jiaqing and Liu Haitao) defeated the team from Austria (Mario He and Albin Ouschan) 10-3 for the title.

Conditions -- The conditions for this event included: 
- Xing Pai 9-foot table with blue Simonis 860 cloth;
- Aramith Tournament balls with a measles cue ball;
- triangle rack;
- referee racks with the 1-ball on the spot and the other balls racked randomly (except the 9-ball);
- winner breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- jump cues allowed;
- foul on all balls;
- 30-second shot clock with one 30-sec. extension per team per rack; and 
- all slop counts.

I did not watch most of the 31 matches. But Matchroom Sport provided some stats at the end of most of the matches. So the stats presented here are based on that Matchroom data (aggregated), for those matches for which it was available on the YouTube recordings, plus similar information I determined for the other matches. So the stats are for all 31 matches played.

Successful breaks (made at least one ball and did not foul):

Breaker won the game:
Break-and-run games, on all breaks:
Break-and-run games, on successful breaks:
Average number of balls made on the break:
Missed shots:
Breaking fouls:
Other fouls:

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2018 World Pool Masters event played March 2-4, 2018 at Tercentenary Hall, Victoria Stadium, in Gibraltar. This was an invitational 16-player, single-elimination 9-Ball event.

Conditions -- The conditions for this event included: 
- Rasson Victory 9-foot table with blue Simonis cloth;
- Aramith Tournament balls with a measles cue ball;
- wooden triangle rack;
- referee racks and winner breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- jump cues allowed;
- foul on all balls;
- 30-second shot clock (60 sec. after the break, and one 30-sec. extension per player per rack) and
- all slop counts.

Overall results

Here's a breakdown of the 181 games (for match winners and losers combined).

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 56% (102 of 181) of all games, Break-and-run games -- The 43* break-and-run games represented 24% of all 181 games, 42% of the 102 games won by the breaker, and 40% of the 108 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). 
[*Includes two games I did not see in full: (1) The last game of the Boyes/Alcaide match -- Boyes was running out, with 4 balls left on the table and no apparent problems, when the Facebook stream ended for the day, and (2) Game 9 of the Feijen/Van Boening match -- the stream crashed just as Niels was about to break and returned with him running out from the 4-ball. Commentary suggested that he had run out from the break.]

The 43 break-and-run games consisted of 4 three-packs (by Appleton, Souquet, Feijen, and Van Boening), 5 two-packs and 21 singles. No one broke and ran more than 3 games in a row.

9-Balls on the break -- The 43 break-and-run games included 1 9-ball on the break (0.6% of all breaks).

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2018 Derby City Classic 9-Ball event played January 24-27, 2018 at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana.

Conditions -- The conditions for this event included: 
- Diamond 9-foot table with blue Simonis 860 cloth;
- Cyclop TV balls with a measles cue ball;
- Diamond CR1 triangle rack;
- rack your own and winner breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- jump cues not allowed;
- cue-ball fouls only;
- all slop counts;
- 40-second shot clock (one automatic extension per player per rack

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 73% of the time (115 of 157), won 62% of the games (98 of 157), and broke and ran 37% of the games (58 of 157).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 157 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 62% (98 of 157) of all games, Break-and-run games -- The 58 break-and-run games represented 37% of all 157 games, 59% of the 98 games won by the breaker, and 50% of the 115 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). 

The 58 break-and-run games consisted of 2 five-packs (by De Luna and Morra), 1 four-pack (Filler), 4 three-packs, 6 two-packs and 20 singles. 

9-Balls on the break -- The 58 break-and-run games included 3 9-balls on the break (1.9% of all breaks).

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the matches streamed from the Turning Stone Classic XXIX 9-Ball Open at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Billy Thorpe won the tournament.

Conditions -- The conditions for this event included:
- Diamond 9-foot table with pro-cut corner pockets;
- Tournament Blue Simonis 860 cloth;
- Aramith Tournament TV balls with the measles cue ball;
- Diamond plastic triangle rack;
- winner breaks from a central box (2 diamonds wide);
- loser racks, with the 1-ball on the foot spot;
- cue-ball fouls only except during the act of shooting;
- no jump cues allowed; and
- all slop counts.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 66% of the time (211 of 322), won 61% of the games (196 of 322), and broke and ran 22% of the games (70 of 322).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 322 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 61% (196 of 322) of all games,
Break-and-run games -- The 70 break-and-run games represented 22% of all 322 games, 36% of the 196 games won by the breaker, and 33% of the 211 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). The 70 break-and-run games (including 9's on the break) consisted of one 4-pack (by Shaw), four 3-packs (2 by Hatch and 1 each by Boemmels and Spahiu), six 2-packs, and 42 singles.

9-balls on the break -- The 70 break-and-run games included 8 9-balls on the break (2.5% of the 322 breaks). Two additional 9-balls were made on fouled breaks.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some break results for the 2017 Mosconi Cup played at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event was 9-Ball racing to 11 matches, with each match being a race to 5 games. The format was one team match (everyone plays one game, then repeat until one side wins 5 games), 7 doubles matches, and up to 13 singles matches (only 7 were played). Europe won 11-4, with the match scores on the 4 days being 4-1, 4-1, 2-2, and 1-0.

The players for Team USA were Shane Van Boening, Dennis Hatch, Skyler Woodward, Oscar Dominguez, and Billy Thorpe. The players for Team Europe were Ralf Souquet, Nick Van den Berg, David Alcaide, Jayson Shaw, and Joshua Filler.

The conditions for this event included the following:
- Rasson Victory 9-foot table with 4¼" corner pockets and blue Simonis cloth;
- Aramith Tourlnament balls with the measles cue ball;
- referee racks using a triangle rack with the 1-ball on the foot spot (2-ball not necessarily in back location);
- alternate breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- no illegal break rule;
- 30-sec. shot clock (60 sec. after the break), with one 30-sec. extension per side per game;
- foul on all balls;
- jump cues allowed;
- lag for the break.

The successful-break rates (made at least one ball and did not foul) were 81% for Team USA (46 of 57) and 81% (47 of 58) for Team Europe.

Team USA won the game on 49% (28 of 57) of their own breaks, whereas Team Europe won on 67% (39 of 58) of their breaks. Some details:

Team USA broke 57 times, with the following results:
• Made at least one ball (and did not foul) and won the game -- 26 (46%)
• Made at least one ball (and did not foul) and lost the game -- 20 (35%)
• Broke dry or fouled but won the game -- 2 (4%)
• Broke dry or fouled and lost the game -- 9 (16%)

Team Europe broke 58 times, with the following results:
• Made at least one ball (and did not foul) and won the game -- 34 (59%)
• Made at least one ball (and did not foul) and lost the game -- 13 (22%)
• Broke dry or fouled but won the game -- 5 (9%)
• Broke dry or fouled and lost the game -- 6 (10%)

For the two teams combined, the breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 81% (93 of 115) of the time; the breaking side won 58% (67 of 115) of the games; and the breaking side won 65% (60 of 93) of the games in which the breaker made at least one ball on the break and did not foul.

Break-and-run on all breaks:
• Team USA -- 12 out of 57 (21%)
• Team Europe -- 15 out of 58 (26%)
• Total -- 27 out of 115 (23%)

Break-and-run on successful breaks:
• Team USA -- 12 out of 46 (26%)
• Team Europe -- 15 out of 47 (32%)
• Total -- 27 out of 93 (29%)

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2017 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, VA. Jayson Shaw won the event.

Conditions -- The conditions for these streamed matches included:
- Diamond 9-foot Paragon table with pro-cut pockets;
- blue Simonis 860 HR cloth;
- Accu-Rack racking template;
- Aramith TV Tournament balls with the measles cue ball;
- winner breaks from the box -- 9" to each side of the long string;
- referee racks with the 9-ball on the foot spot and the 2-ball at the back of the rack;
- the break is illegal (and non-breaker has an option to shoot) unless at least 3 balls touch the plane of the head string or are pocketed;
- foul on all balls;
- jump cues allowed;
- for "full production" matches, a 40-sec. shot clock with one automatic extension per player per rack (no violation if the player is down on the shot before the clock expires and shoots before getting up); and
- all slop counts.

The 39 matches (676 games) streamed represented 14.2% of the event's total of 274 matches played (excludes the 2 forfeited matches).

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not break illegally or foul) 62% of the time (417 of 669), won 57% of the games (380 of 669), and broke and ran 26% of the games (176 of 669). The break was illegal 10% of the time (66 of 669).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 669 breaks.

Legal, made at least one ball, and no foul:

Illegal, made at least one ball, and no foul: Fouled (includes 6 breaks that were both fouled and illegal): Legal, dry, and no foul: Illegal, dry, and no foul: Therefore, whereas the breaker won 57% of all games (380 of 669), Break-and-run games -- The 176 break-and-run games represented 26% of all 669 games, 46% of the 380 games won by the breaker, and 42% of the 417 games in which the break was successful (made a ball, legal, no foul). 

The 176 break-and-run games consisted of 1 6-pack (Van Boening), 6 4-packs (2 by Sanchez Ruiz and 1 each by Morris, Schmidt, Shaw, and Feijen), 5 3-packs, 17 2-packs, and 97 singles.

9-balls on the break -- The 176 break-and-run games included 11 9-balls on the break (1.6% of the 669 breaks).

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2017 Turning Stone Classic XXVII 9-Ball Open in Verona, New York. 

Conditions -- The conditions for this event included:
- Diamond 9-foot table with 4½" pro-cut corner pockets;
- Tournament Blue Simonis 860 cloth;
- Aramith TV balls with the measles cue ball;
- Diamond wooden rack;
- winner breaks from the box (2 diamonds wide);
- loser racks, with the 1-ball on the spot;
- cue-ball fouls only except during the act of shooting;
- no jump cues allowed; and
- all slop counts.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 58% of the time (171 of 294), won 53% of the games (156 of 294), and broke and ran 20% of the games (59 of 294).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 294 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 53% (156 of 294) of all games,
Break-and-run games -- The 59 break-and-run games represented 20% of all 294 games, 38% of the 156 games won by the breaker, and 35% of the 171 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). The 59 break-and-run games (including 9's on the break) consisted of two 3-packs (one each by Morra and Hohmann), eight 2-packs and 37 singles. No one in these 22 streamed matches broke and ran more than 3 games in a row.

9-balls on the break -- The 59 break-and-run games included 6 9-balls on the break (2.0% of the 294 breaks).

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2017 Derby City Classic 9-Ball event played January 25-28, 2017 at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana.

Conditions -- The conditions for this event included: 
- Diamond 9-foot table with blue Simonis 860 cloth;
- Cyclop TV balls with the red-spot cue ball;
- Diamond wooden rack;
- rack your own and winner breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- jump cues not allowed;
- cue-ball fouls only;
- all slop counts;
- 40-second shot clock (one automatic extension per player per rack

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 62% of the time (84 of 135), won 55% of the games (74 of 135), and broke and ran 21% of the games (29 of 135).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 135 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 55% (74 of 135) of all games, Break-and-run games -- The 29 break-and-run games represented 21% of all 135 games, 39% of the 74 games won by the breaker, and 35% of the 84 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). 

The 29 break-and-run games consisted of 1 four-pack (by Van Boening), 4 two-packs and 17 singles. So only Van Boening broke and ran more than 2 games in a row in the streamed matches. 

9-Balls on the break -- The 29 break-and-run games included 1 9-ball on the break (0.7% of all breaks).

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some break results for the 2016 Mosconi Cup played this week (Dec. 6 - Dec. 9) at Alexandra Palace in London, England This event is 9-Ball racing to 11 matches, with each match being a race to 5 games. The format is one team match (everyone plays one game, then repeat until one side wins 5 games), 7 doubles matches, and up to 13 singles matches (only 6 were played).

The conditions for this event included the following:
- Rasson Victory 9-foot table with blue Simonis 860 cloth and generous pockets;
- Aramith balls with the measles cue ball;
- referee racks using a triangle rack with the 9-ball on the foot spot (2-ball not necessarily in back location);
- alternate breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- no illegal break rule;
- 30-sec. shot clock (60 sec. after the break), with one 30-sec. extension per side per game;
- foul on all balls;
- jump cues allowed;
- lag for the break.

For the two teams combined, the breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 76% (79 of 104) of the time; the breaking side won 62% (64 of 104) of the games; and the breaking side won 66% (52 of 79) of the games in which the breaker made at least one ball on the break and did not foul.

Break-and-run on all breaks:
• Total -- 26 out of 104 (25%)

Break-and-run on successful breaks:
• Total -- 26 out of 79 (33%)


from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from 24 of the 39 9-Ball matches from the 2016 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship in Norfolk, VA.

Conditions -- The conditions for this event included:
- Diamond 9-foot Paragon table with pro-cut pockets;
- blue Simonis 860 cloth;
- Accu-Rack racking template;
- Aramith Tournament balls with the measles cue ball;
- winner breaks from the box -- 9" to each side of the long string;
- breaker racks for himself with the 9-ball on the foot spot and the 2-ball at the back of the rack;
- the break is illegal (and non-breaker has an option to shoot) unless at least 3 balls pass the head string or are pocketed;
- foul on all balls;
- jump cues allowed;
- for most matches, a 40-second shot clock with one automatic extension per player per rack; and
- all slop counts.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not break illegally or foul) 57% of the time (240 of 422), won 54% of the games (227 of 422), and broke and ran 23% of the games (96 of 422). The break was illegal 20% of the time (86 of 422).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 422 breaks.

Legal, made at least one ball, and no foul:

Illegal, made at least one ball, and no foul: Fouled (includes 5 breaks that were both fouled and illegal): Legal, dry, and no foul: Illegal, dry, and no foul: Therefore, whereas the breaker won 54% of all games (227 of 422),
Break-and-run games -- The 96 break-and-run games represented 23% of all 422 games, 42% of the 227 games won by the breaker, and 40% of the 240 games in which the break was successful (made a ball, legal, no foul). 

The 96 break-and-run games consisted of 1 4-pack (Van Boening), 3 3-packs (2 by Shaw and 1 by Van Boening), 11 2-packs, and 61 singles.

9-balls on the break -- The 96 break-and-run games included just two 9-balls on the break (0.5% of the 422 breaks). One additional 9-ball was made on the break when the breaker scratched, so it was spotted. With the Accu-Rack, the 9-ball tends to remain close to its original position.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 9-Ball matches from the 2016 Turning Stone Classic XXVI in Verona, New York. 

Conditions -- The conditions for this event included:
- Diamond 9-foot table with 4½" pro-cut corner pockets;
- Tournament Blue Simonis 860 cloth;
- Aramith Tournament TV balls with the measles cue ball;
- Diamond wooden rack;
- winner breaks from the box (2 diamonds wide);
- loser racks (except in one match, where a ref racked all but one game);
- cue-ball fouls only except during the act of shooting;
- no jump cues allowed; and
- all slop counts.

The 20 matches (273 games) I watched were as follows. [Note: These stats are for 272 games instead of 273, as the camera was pointed elsewhere during the first part of one game in the Corr/Dudanets match.] These stats do not include the semifinal match, which I was not able to watch.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 54% of the time (148 of 272), won 55% of the games (149 of 272), and broke and ran 18% of the games (49 of 272).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 272 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 55% (149 of 272) of all games,

Break-and-run games -- The 49 break-and-run games represented 18% of all 272 games, 33% of the 149 games won by the breaker, and 33% of the 148 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). The 49 break-and-run games (including 9's on the break) consisted of five 2-packs and 39 singles. No one in these 20 streamed matches broke and ran more than two games in a row.

9-balls on the break -- The 49 break-and-run games included just 2 9-balls on the break (0.7% of the 272 breaks). One additional 9-ball was made on the break when the breaker scratched, so it was spotted.

was made on the break when the breaker scratched, so it was spotted.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2016 WPA World 9-Ball Championship played this week in Doha, Qatar.


Conditions -- The conditions for this event included:
- Wiraka 9-foot tables;
- Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth;
- Magic Rack racking template;
- Aramith Tournament balls with the measles cue ball;
- alternate breaks;
- the breaker racked for the first 3 of these matches and the referee racked for the last 3 (with breaker "touch ups" in one of them);
- the 9-ball was racked on the foot spot and the 2-ball at the back of the rack;
- break from anywhere behind the line;
- jump cues allowed;
- WPA rules (all slop counts, foul on all balls) except it is an illegal break unless at least 3 balls are pocketed or pass the head string. 

Only 6 matches (105 games) were tracked, as that is all that were streamed by Al Kass.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not break illegally or foul) 71% of the time (75 of 105), won 56% of the games (59 of 105), and broke and ran 28% of the games (29 of 105).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 105 games.

Breaker broke legally, made at least one ball, and did not foul:

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul, but broke illegally: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling, but includes the 2 breaks that were both dry and illegal): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 56% (59) of all 105 games, Break-and-run games -- The 29 break-and-run games represented 28% of all 105 games, 49% of the 59 games won by the breaker, and 39% of the 75 games in which the break was successful (made a ball, legal, no foul). 

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 29 break-and-run games consisted of 2 alternate-break 3-packs (by Shaw and Van Boening), 2 alternate-break 2-packs, and 19 singles.

9-balls on the break -- No 9-balls were made on the break. With the Magic Rack, the 9-ball tends to remain close to its original position.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2016 Derby City Classic 9-Ball event played January 27-30, 2016 at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana.

Conditions -- The conditions for this event included: 
- Diamond 9-foot table with blue Simonis 860 cloth;
- Cyclop TV balls;
- Diamond wooden rack;
- rack your own and winner breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- jump cues not allowed;
- cue-ball fouls only;
- all slop counts;
- 40-second shot clock (one automatic extension per player per rack

The 15 streamed matches (203 games) were as follows. The figures in parentheses are the Accu-Stats Total Performance Averages (TPA), as calculated by Accu-Stats and shown on the stream. No TPA was given for 6 of these 15 matches.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 68% of the time (138 of 203), won 62% of the games (125 of 203), and broke and ran 33% of the games (66 of 203).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 203 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 62% (125) of all 203 games, Break-and-run games -- The 66 break-and-run games represented 33% of all 203 games, 53% of the 125 games won by the breaker, and 48% of the 138 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). 

The 66 break-and-run games consisted of 1 four-pack (by Ko Pin-Yi), 3 three-packs (2 by Van Boening and 1 by Pagulayan), 9 two-packs and 35 singles. No one broke and ran 5 or more games in a row. 

9-Balls on the break -- The 66 break-and-run games included 3 9-balls on the break (1.5% of all breaks).

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some break results for the 2015 Mosconi Cup played this week (Dec. 7 - Dec.10) at the Tropicana Las Vegas Casino Hotel Resort. This event is 9-ball racing to 11 matches, with each match being a race to 5 games. The format is one team match (everyone plays one game, then repeat until one side wins 5 games), 7 doubles matches, and up to 13 singles matches (only 10 were played). Europe won 11-7 (the scores favored Europe each of the 4 days -- 3-2, 3-2, 3-2, and 2-1).

The players for the U.S. were Shane Van Boening, Corey Deuel, Mike Dechaine, Justin Bergman, and Skyler Woodward. The players for Europe were Niels Feijen, Darren Appleton, Nick van den Berg, Karl Boyes, and Albin Ouschan.

The conditions for this event included the following: Diamond 9' table with 4¼" corner pockets, Simonis blue cloth, Aramith balls, measles cue ball, jump cues allowed, referee racks in a standard triangle rack with the 9-ball on the foot spot, alternate breaks, break from anywhere behind the head string, no illegal-break rule, 30-sec. shot clock (60 sec. after the break), one 30-sec. extension per side per game, foul on all balls, and all slop counts.

The following stats are for all 4 days of the event combined.

The U.S. broke 71 times, with the following results:
• Made at least one ball (and did not foul) and won the game -- 33 (46%)
• Made at least one ball (and did not foul) and lost the game -- 21 (30%)
• Broke dry or fouled but won the game -- 4 (6%)
• Broke dry or fouled and lost the game -- 13 (18%)

Europe also broke 71 times, with the following results:
• Made at least one ball (and did not foul) and won the game -- 31 (44%)
• Made at least one ball (and did not foul) and lost the game -- 14 (20%)
• Broke dry or fouled but won the game -- 12 (17%)
• Broke dry or fouled and lost the game -- 14 (20%)

For the two teams combined, the breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 70% (99 of 142) of the time; the breaking side won 56% (80 of 142) of the games; and the breaking side won 65% (64 of 99) of the games in which the breaker made at least one ball on the break and did not foul.

Break-and-run games, on all breaks:
• USA -- 20 out of 71 (28%)
• Europe -- 17 out of 71 (24%) including one 9-ball on the break
• Total -- 37 out of 142 (26%)

Break-and-run games, on successful breaks:
• USA -- 20 out of 54 (37%)
• Europe -- 17 out of 45 (38%)
• Total -- 37 out of 99 (37%)

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 33 9-Ball matches from the 2015 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship in Norfolk, VA. 

The conditions for this event included: Diamond 9-foot table with pro-cut pockets, blue Simonis 860 cloth, Accu-Rack racking template, Aramith Tournament balls, measles cue ball, winner breaks, breaker racks for himself with the 9-ball on the foot string and the 2-ball at the back of the rack, break from the box (approx. 9" to each side of the long string), the break is illegal unless at least 3 balls pass the side pockets or are pocketed, foul on all balls, jump cues are allowed, and all slop counts (except I'm not sure whether a 9-ball pocketed in a foot-rail pocket counted, as that did not happen on stream). A 40-sec. shot clock (with one extension per rack) was used on the full-production matches.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not break illegally or foul) 62% of the time (353 of 572), won 53% of the games (302 of 572), and broke and ran 23% of the games (131 of 572).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 572 games.

Breaker broke legally, made at least one ball, and did not foul:

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul, but broke illegally: Breaker fouled on the break (includes 1 break that was both fouled and illegal): Breaker broke dry (without fouling, but includes the 11 breaks that were both dry and illegal): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 53% of all games (302 of 572), Break-and-run games: The 131 break-and-run games represented 23% of all 572 games, 43% of the 302 games won by the breaker, and 37% of the 353 games in which the break was successful (made a ball, legal, no foul). The 131 break-and-run games consisted of 2 4-packs (Y-H Cheng and K-L Hsu), 4 3-packs, 16 2-packs, and 79 singles.

9-balls on the break: The 131 break-and-run games included just two 9-balls on the break (0.3% of the 572 breaks). With the Accu-Rack, the 9-ball tends to remain close to its original position.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2015 World Cup of Pool at York Hall in London, England.

The conditions for this event included: Diamond 9-foot table, Simonis 860 blue cloth, wooden triangle rack, Super Aramith Pro balls with the measles cue ball, referee racks with the 9-ball on the foot spot, winner breaks from anywhere behind the head string, jump cues allowed, 30-second shot clock (60 sec. after the break) with one extension per team per game, and WPA rules (all slop counts). 

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 66% of the time (77 of 117), won 52% of the games (61 of 117), and broke and ran 16% of the games (19 of 117).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 117 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 52% (61) of all 117 games, Break-and-run games: The 19 break-and-run games represented 16% of all 117 games, 31% of the 61 games won by the breaker, and 25% of the 77 games in which the break was successful (made a ball, no foul). The 19 break-and-run games were all singles, i.e., no team in these 9 matches broke and ran 2 or more games in a row.

9-balls on the break: None.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2015 WPA World 9-Ball Championship played this week in Doha, Qatar.

The conditions for this event included: Wiraka 9-foot tables, Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth, Magic Rack, Super Aramith Pro TV balls with the measles cue ball, alternate breaks, breaker racks with the 1-ball on the foot spot and the 2-ball at the back of the rack, break from anywhere behind the line, jump cues allowed, WPA rules (all slop counts, foul on all balls) except it is an illegal break unless at least 3 balls are pocketed or pass the head string. 

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not break illegally or foul) 88% of the time (300 of 340), won 62% of the games (210 of 340), and broke and ran 37% of the games (126 of 340).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 340 games.

Breaker broke legally, made at least one ball, and did not foul:

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul, but broke illegally: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling, but includes the 2 breaks that were both dry and illegal): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 62% (210) of all 340 games, Break-and-run games: The 126 break-and-run games represented 37% of all 340 games, 60% of the 210 games won by the breaker, and 42% of the 300 games in which the break was successful (made a ball, legal, no foul). 

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 126 break-and-run games (including 9's on the break) consisted of 3 alternate-break 4-packs, 4 alternate-break 3-packs, 20 alternate-break 2-packs, and 62 singles.

9-balls on the break: The 126 break-and-run games included just three 9-balls on the break (0.9% of the 340 breaks). With the Magic Rack, the 9-ball tends to remain close to its original position.

Observation: As was true in this event last year, the effects of using the Magic Rack were quite striking. On all 15 scratches on the break, at least one object ball was pocketed. So, in total, the breaker failed to make a ball on the break in only 11 of the 340 breaks (3.2%), an enormous difference from when the Magic Rack is not used. The high stay-at-table percentage after the break means many more opportunities to run out, so the B&R percentage is also high.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 22 9-Ball matches from the 2015 Turning Stone Classic XXIV in Verona, New York. 

The conditions for this event included: Diamond 9-foot table with pro-cut pockets, Tournament Blue Simonis 860 cloth, Aramith Tournament TV balls with the measles cue ball, Diamond wooden rack, winner breaks from the box (2 diamonds wide), loser racks, cue-ball fouls only except during the act of shooting, no jump cues allowed, and all slop counts.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 59% of the time (188 of 317), won 57% of the games (182 of 317), and broke and ran 23% of the games (73 of 317).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 317 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 57% (182 of 317) of all games,
Break-and-run games: The 73 break-and-run games represented 23% of all 317 games, 40% of the 182 games won by the breaker, and 39% of the 188 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). The 73 break-and-run games (including 9's on the break) consisted of two 3-packs (one by Van Boening and one by Shaw), thirteen 2-packs, and 41 singles. Van Boening's 3-pack was in the final 3 games of one match, and he broke and ran the first game of his next match, so he had a "carryover" 4-pack.

9-balls on the break:
The 73 break-and-run games included 7 9-balls on the break (2.2% of the 317 breaks). One additional 9-ball was made on the break when the breaker scratched, so it was spotted.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2015 Derby City Classic 9-Ball event at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana.

The conditions for this event included: Diamond 9-foot table with standard pro-cut pockets, Simonis cloth, Diamond wooden rack, Cyclop TV balls with a measles cue ball, winner breaks, rack your own, break from anywhere behind the line, no jump cues allowed, all slop counts, and a 40-second shot clock (one extension per player per rack unless at hill/hill, then two extensions per player).

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 65% of the time (102 of 156), won 57% of the games (89 of 156), and broke and ran 29% of the games (46 of 156).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 156 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 57% (89) of all 156 games, Break-and-run games: The 46 break-and-run games represented 29% of all 156 games, 52% of the 89 games won by the breaker, and 45% of the 102 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). 

The 46 break-and-run games consisted of 1 four-pack (by Kiamco), 2 three-packs (both by Pagulayan), 7 two-packs and 22 singles. No one broke and ran 5 or more games in a row. These 46 games included 8 9-balls on the break that counted as wins (5.1% of all breaks) and 3 that did not count (breaker fouled).

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

[Here are some aggregate break statistics from the] 2014 Mosconi Cup at the Tower Circus in Blackpool, England. This event was 9-ball racing to 11 matches, with each match being a race to 5 games. The format was one team match (everyone plays one game), 7 doubles matches, and up to 13 singles matches.

The conditions for this event included the following: Diamond 9' table, Simonis blue cloth, Super Aramith Pro balls, measles cue ball, jump cues allowed, referee racks in a standard triangle rack with the 9-ball on the foot spot, alternate breaks, break from anywhere behind the head string, no illegal-break rule, 30-sec. shot clock (60 sec. after the break), one 30-sec. extension per side per game, foul on all balls, and all slop counts.

Here are the final results:

The U.S. broke 57 times, with the following results:
- Made at least one ball (and did not foul) and won the game -- 29 (51%)
- Made at least one ball (and did not foul) and lost the game -- 17 (30%)
- Broke dry or fouled but won the game -- 1 (2%)
- Broke dry or fouled and lost the game -- 10 (18%)

Europe broke 62 times, with the following results:
- Made at least one ball (and did not foul) and won the game -- 33 (53%)
- Made at least one ball (and did not foul) and lost the game -- 12 (19%)
- Broke dry or fouled but won the game -- 10 (16%)
- Broke dry or fouled and lost the game -- 7 (11%)

For the two teams combined, the breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 76% (91 of 119) of the time, won 61% (73 of 119) of the games, and won 68% (62 of 91) of the games in which he made at least one ball on the break and did not foul.

Break-and-run games:
- U.S. -- 17 out of 57 (30%).
- Europe -- 24 out of 62 (39%) including one 9-ball on the break.
- Total -- 41 out of 119 (34%).

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 33 9-Ball matches from the 2014 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship in Chesapeake, VA.

The conditions for this event included: Diamond 9-foot table with pro-cut pockets, blue Simonis 860 cloth, Diamond wooden rack, Aramith Tournament balls, measles cue ball, winner breaks, breaker racks for himself with the 9-ball on the foot string (spot moved up approx. 4") and the 2-ball at the back of the rack, break from the box (approx. 9" to each side of the long string), a 9-ball made on the break spots up if it went in either of the two foot-rail pockets, the break is illegal unless at least 3 balls pass the side pockets or are pocketed, foul on all balls, jump cues are allowed, and all slop counts (except as stated for 9-balls on the break). A 40-sec. shot clock (with one extension per rack) was used on the full-production matches.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 53% of the time (315 of 592), won 50% of the games (298 of 592), and broke and ran 20% of the games (118 of 592).

Here's a little more detailed breakdown of the 592 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 50% (298) of all 592 games,
9-balls on the break:
The 118 break-and-run games included just 6 9-balls on the break (1.0% of the 592 breaks). In addition, 3 9-balls (0.5% of the breaks) were made that went in one of the two bottom pockets and had to be spotted rather than counting as wins.

Illegal breaks:
An illegal break (failure to have at least 3 balls pass the side pockets or be pocketed) was called on only 4 of the 592 breaks. Strangely enough, 2 of those 4 were in the final match. One of the 2 in the final match was in the final game; Orcollo surrendered the table on a wet break and Van Boening ran out for the match win. But the total number of illegal breaks was so small that I just ignored those violations for purposes of these stats rather than create any additional categories.
 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some break statistics from the 2014 Derby City Classic 9-Ball event. 

The conditions for this event included: Diamond 9-foot table with approx. 4 1/2" (I think) corner pockets, Simonis cloth, Diamond wooden rack, Cyclop TV balls, winner breaks, rack your own, break from anywhere behind the line, no jump cues allowed, all slop counts, and a 40-second shot clock (one extension per player per rack unless at hill/hill, then two extensions per player).

The 10 streamed matches (137 games tracked) were as follows. The figures in parentheses are the Accu-Stats Total Performance Averages (TPA), as calculated by Accu-Stats (no TPA was given for some of the matches):

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 75% of the time (103 of 137), won 58% of the games (80 of 137), and broke and ran 34% of the games (47 of 137).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 137 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 58% (80) of all 137 games, Break-and-run games: The 47 break-and-run games (34% of all the games) consisted of 5 three-packs, 6 two-packs and 20 singles. No one broke and ran 4 or more games in a row. These 47 games included 6 9-balls on the break (4.4% of all breaks).

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some break statistics from the 2014 WPA World 9-Ball Championship played this week in Doha, Qatar.

The conditions for this event included: Wiraka 9-foot tables, Simonis 860 electric blue cloth, Magic Rack, Super Aramith Pro TV balls with the measles cue ball, alternate breaks, referee racks with the 2-ball in back, break from anywhere behind the line, jump cues allowed, WPA rules (all slop counts) with the exception that it is an illegal break unless at least 3 balls are pocketed or pass the head string. Apparently no shot clock was used, despite earlier indications that it would be.

The 15 matches (255 games tracked) that I watched were as follows.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not break illegally or foul) 89% of the time (226 of 255), won 61% of the games (155 of 255), and broke and ran 35% of the games (89 of 255).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 255 games.

Breaker broke legally, made at least one ball, and did not foul:

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul, but broke illegally: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 61% (155) of all 255 games, Break-and-run games: With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 89 break-and-run games (35% of all the games) consisted of 4 alternate-break 3-packs, 8 alternate-break 2-packs, and 61 singles.

9-balls on the break: The 89 break-and-run games included just two 9-balls on the break (0.8% of the 255 breaks). With the Magic Rack, the 9-ball tends to remain close to its original position.

Observation: The effects of using the Magic Rack are quite striking. On all 16 scratches on the break, at least one object ball was pocketed. So, in total, the breaker failed to make a ball on the break in only 6 of the 255 breaks (2.4%), an enormous difference from when the Magic Rack is not used. The high stay-at-table percentage after the break means many more opportunities to run out, so the B&R percentage is also high.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are the aggregate break statistics from 34 of the 36 9-Ball matches from the 2013 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship in Chesapeake, VA.

The conditions for this event included: Diamond 9-foot table with pro-cut pockets, Simonis 860 cloth, Diamond wooden rack, Aramith Tournament balls, measles cue ball, winner breaks, breaker racks for himself with the 2-ball at the back of the rack, break from the box (a bit narrower than 2 diamonds wide), a 9-ball made on the break spots up if it went in either of the two foot-rail pockets, no soft breaking (at least 3 balls must pass mid-table or be pocketed), cue-ball fouls only, jump cues are allowed, and all slop counts (except as stated for 9-balls on the break). A 40-sec. shot clock (with one extension per rack) was used on most of the full-production matches beginning with the third match on Wednesday.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 63% of the time (370 of 585), won 56% of the games (326 of 585), and broke and ran 21% of the games (124 of 585).

Here's a little more detailed breakdown of the 585 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break:

Breaker broke dry (without fouling):

Therefore, whereas the breaker won 56% (326) of all 585 games,

9-balls on the break:
The 124 break-and-run games included just 3 9-balls on the break (0.5% of the 585 breaks). In addition, 18 9-balls (3.1% of the breaks) were made that went in one of the two bottom pockets and had to be spotted rather than counting as wins.

 

from AtLarge AZB post for data from the 2012 US Open:

The conditions for this event included: 9-foot Diamond Pro-Am table, Simonis cloth, Delta-13 rack, winner breaks, breaker racks for himself, 2-ball must be racked at the back of the rack, break from the box, a 9-ball made on the break spots up if it went in either of the two foot-rail pockets, no soft breaking (at least 3 balls must pass mid-table or be pocketed), cue-ball fouls only, jump cues are allowed, and all slop counts (except as stated for 9-balls on the break).

The breaking results were as follows:

Breaker made at least one ball on the break and did not foul:

Day 1 -- 51 of 87 (59%)
Day 2 -- 60 of 99 (61%)
Day 3 -- 42 of 90 (47%)
Day 4 -- 85 of 110 (77%)
Day 5 -- 64 of 105 (61%)
Day 6 -- 52 of 93 (56%)
Day 7 -- 41 of 54 (76%)
7-day total -- 395 of 638 (62%)
Breaker won the game:
Day 1 -- 45 of 87 (52%)
Day 2 -- 53 of 99 (54%)
Day 3 -- 57 of 90 (63%)
Day 4 -- 72 of 110 (65%)
Day 5 -- 50 of 105 (48%)
Day 6 -- 43 of 93 (45%)
Day 7 -- 34 of 54 (63%)
7-day total -- 354 of 638 (55%)
Break-and-run games:
Day 1 -- 13 of 87 (15%)
Day 2 -- 16 of 99 (16%)
Day 3 -- 14 of 90 (16%)
Day 4 -- 36 of 110 (33%)
Day 5 -- 24 of 105 (23%)
Day 6 -- 19 of 93 (20%)
Day 7 -- 23 of 54 (43%)
6-day total -- 145 of 638 (23%)

9-balls on the break:

The 145 B&R games include 4 9-balls on the break (0.6% of the 638 breaks). In addition, 5 9-balls (0.8%) were made that went in the two bottom pockets and had to be spotted rather than counting as wins.

 


10-ball

See the summary of tournament stats above.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate statistics from the 2018 Freezer's Ice House 10-Ball Challenge, played July 13-15 at Freezer's Ice House (a pool hall) in Tempe, Arizona. 

This was a 96-player, double-elimination event, with all races to 8 except the final match (to 13). The winner was Warren Kiamco, beating Omar Al Shaheen in the final match.

The conditions for the streamed matches included:
- Diamond 9-foot table with 4 1/8" corner pockets and blue Simonis 860 (HR?) cloth;
- Aramith Tournament balls with a measles cue ball;
- referee racks using the Magic Rack template, with the 1-ball on the spot and the 2-ball and 3-ball on the back corners;
- winner breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- call shots (but not safes), with the opponent having a choice of shooting or passing it back after a ball is pocketed illegally;
- spot any 10-ball made on the break;
- early combos or caroms on the 10-ball allowed;
- 3-foul rule in effect (happened 3 times);
- jump cues not allowed;
- no shot clock; and
- lag for opening break.

The stats are for 17 streamed matches (206 games), which represented a bit over 9% of both the total matches and the total games played in the event.

Overall results

■ Successful breaks (made at least one ball and did not foul) -- 74% (99 of 133) for match winners, 70% (51 of 73) for match losers, and 73% (150 of 206) in total
■ Breaker won the game -- 69% (92 of 133) for match winners, 37% (27 of 73) for match losers, and 58% (119 of 206) in total
■ Break-and-run games -- 29% (38 of 133) for match winners, 14% (10 of 73) for match losers, and 23% (48 of 206) in total

Here's a breakdown of the 206 games (for match winners and losers combined).

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 58% (119 of 206) of all games, Break-and-run games -- The 48 break-and-run games represented 23% of all 206 games, 40% of the 119 games won by the breaker, and 32% of the 150 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). The 48 break-and-run games consisted of 1 eight-pack (Kaci), 2 three-packs (Dominguez and Orcollo), 5 two-packs, and 24 singles. Except for Kaci's perfect 8-pack match, no one broke and ran more than 3 games in a row in these streamed matches.

10-Balls on the break -- One 10-ball was made on the break (0.5% of all breaks); it was spotted.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate stats from Days 3 and 4 (combined) of the sixth event (2nd of 2018) of Darren Appleton's World Pool Series -- the Rasson 10-Ball Masters Championship. The event was played June 7-10, 2018 at Steinway Billiards in Queens, New York. The winner was Joshua Filler.

This was a 41-player event, with double elimination down to the final 8 players (races to 11, with a shootout at hill/hill) and then single elimination (races to 13 until the finals, then 17, with a shootout at hill/hill). The stats are for the final 7 matches (Quarterfinals through Finals, all on the same table), which represented 9.3% of the total of 75 matches played in the event and 11.6% of the total of 1,303 games played in the event. No shootouts occurred in these 7 matches.

The conditions for this event included:
- Rasson 9-foot table with 4¼" corner pockets, 4¾" side pockets, and, apparently, more-difficult-than-normal pocket facings;
- Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth;
- Aramith Tournament balls with the measles cue ball;
- referee racks using an Accu-Rack template, with the 1-ball on the spot and the 2-ball and 3-ball on the back corners;
- winner breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- call shots (but not safes), with the opponent having a choice of shooting or passing it back after a ball is pocketed illegally;
- spot any 10-ball made on the break;
- early combos or caroms on the 10-ball allowed;
- foul on all balls, and 3-foul rule in effect;
- jump cues allowed;
- shot clock of 30 seconds (60 sec. after the break), with one extension per player per game; and
- lag for opening break.

Overall results

■ Successful breaks (made at least one ball and did not foul) -- 59% (55 of 93) for match winners, 43% (25 of 58) for match losers, and 53% (80 of 151) in total

■ Breaker won the game -- 61% (57 of 93) for match winners, 34% (20 of 58) for match losers, and 51% (77 of 151) in total

■ Break-and-run games -- 22% (20 of 93) for match winners, 3% (2 of 58) for match losers, and 15% (22 of 151) in total

Here's a breakdown of the 151 games (for match winners and losers combined).

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 51% (77 of 151) of all games, Break-and-run games -- The 22 break-and-run games represented 15% of all 151 games, 29% of the 77 games won by the breaker, and 28% of the 80 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). The 22 break-and-run games consisted of 4 two-packs (all by Filler) and 14 singles. No one broke and ran more than 2 games in a row in these 7 matches.

10-Balls on the break -- One 10-ball was made on the break (0.7% of all breaks); it was spotted.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some break statistics from the 2018 Derby City Classic's Diamond Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge played January 19-22, 2018 at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana. This was an invitational 16-man, single-elimination event won by Roberto Gomez.

Conditions -- The conditions for this event included:
- Diamond 10-foot table with standard pro-cut pockets (4½" corners) and Simonis 860 cloth;
- Cyclop TV balls with the red-spot cue ball;
- Accu-Rack Pro10 racking template;
- rack your own (1-ball on the spot, 2-ball and 3-ball on the back corners) and alternate breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- jump cues not allowed and jumping with break cues not allowed;
- foul on all balls;
- all slop counts (except spot any 10-ball made on the break); and
- 40-second shot clock with one automatic extension per player per rack.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 62% of the time (176 of 283), won 51% of the games (145 of 283), and broke and ran 21% of the games (60 of 283).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 283 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 51% (145 of 283) of all games, Break-and-run games -- The 60 break-and-run games represented 21% of all 283 games, 41% of the 145 games won by the breaker, and 34% of the 176 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul).

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 60 break-and-run games consisted of 1 alternate-break 4-pack (by Immonen), 5 alternate-break 2-packs, and 46 singles. 

10-balls on the break -- The 10-ball was made on the break 4 times (1.4% of the 283 breaks), but it was immediately spotted (with the breaker continuing to shoot) rather than counting as a win.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some break statistics from the 2017 Derby City Classic's Diamond Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge played January 20-23, 2017 at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana. This was an invitational 16-man, single-elimination event won by defending champion Jayson Shaw.

Conditions -- The conditions for this event included:
- Diamond 10-foot table with standard pro-cut pockets (4½" corners) and Simonis 860 cloth;
- Cyclop TV balls with the red-spot cue ball;
- Accu-Rack Pro-10 racking template;
- rack your own (1-ball on the spot, 2-ball and 3-ball on the back corners) and winner breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- jump cues not allowed;
- foul on all balls;
- all slop counts (except spot any 10-ball made on the break); and
- 40-second shot clock with one automatic extension per player per rack.

The event's 15 matches (276 games), all of which were streamed from the same table.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 66% of the time (181 of 275), won 51% of the games (141 of 275), and broke and ran 21% of the games (59 of 275).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 275 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 51% (141 of 275) of all games,

Break-and-run games -- The 59 break-and-run games represented 21% of all 275 games, 42% of the 141 games won by the breaker, and 33% of the 181 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul).

The 59 break-and-run games consisted of 1 six-pack (Shaw), 1 four-pack (Kazakis), 1 three-pack (Shaw), 5 two-packs (Woodward, Shaw twice, Biado, and Gorst), and 36 singles. 

10-balls on the break -- No 10-balls were made on the break.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2016 US Open 10-Ball Championship, played the past three days at the Rio Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

Conditions -- The conditions for this call-shot 10-Ball event included:
- Diamond 7-foot table with 4½" pro-cut corner pockets;
- Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth;
- Cyclop TV balls, including the red-spot cue ball;
- jump cues allowed;
- breaker racks using the Magic Rack template with the 2- and 3-balls on the back corners;
- alternating breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- cue-ball fouls only;
- opponent has choice to shoot or return the shot if a called ball goes in the wrong pocket or a ball is made on a safety; and
- spot any 10-ball made on the break.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball and did not foul 79% of the time (183 of 232), won 59% of the games (138 of 232), and broke and ran 38% of the games (89 of 232).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 232 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 59% (138) of all 232 games, Break-and-run games: The 89 break-and-run games represented 38% of all 232 games, 64% of the 138 games won by the breaker, and 49% of the 183 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). 

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 89 break-and-run games consisted of 1 alternate-break 6-pack (by Morris in the hot-seat match against Van Boening), 6 alternate-break 3-packs, 10 alternate-break 2-packs, and 45 singles.

10-balls on the break: The 10-ball was made on the break only once (0.4% of the 232 breaks), and it was spotted rather than counting as a game win. With the Magic Rack, the 10-ball tends to remain close to its original position.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2016 Diamond Open 10-Ball Professional Players Championship played this week at the Super Billiards Expo in Oaks, PA. This was a 64-player modified double-elimination event won by John Morra.

Conditions -- The conditions for this event included:
9-foot Diamond Smart Table with 4½" corner pockets and blue Simonis cloth;
- Aramith Tournament balls, including the cue ball;
- wooden triangle rack;
- rack your own (2- and 3-balls need not be in the back);
- alternating breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- jump cues allowed; 
- cue-ball fouls only; 
- only 1 timeout per match (not per player), to be taken only after at least 10 games have been played; and
- all slop counts, except spot any 10-ball made on the break.

The stats are for the following 16 streamed matches. These matches totaled 260 games, but I missed or had streaming problems during 7 of the games, so the stats are for 253 games.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 51% of the time (128 of 253), won 49% of the games (125 of 253), and broke and ran 18%of the games (45 of 253).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 253 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 49% (125 of 253) of all games,

Break-and-run games: The 45 break-and-run games represented 18% of all 253 games, 36% of the 125 games won by the breaker, and 35% of the 128 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul).

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 45 break-and-run games consisted of 1 alternating-break 5-pack (by Van Boening), 1 alternating-break 3-pack (by Pagulayan), 3 alternating-break 2-packs, and 31 singles.

10-balls on the break: The 10-ball was made on the break 7 times (2.8% of the 253 breaks), but it did not count as a game win and was spotted.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some break statistics from the 2016 Derby City Classic's Diamond Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge played January 22-25, 2016 at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana. This was an invitational 16-man, single-elimination event.

Conditions -- The conditions for this event included:
- Diamond 10-foot table with standard pro-cut pockets and Simonis 860 cloth;
- Cyclop TV balls;
- Accu-Rack Dedicated 10 racking template;
- rack your own (2-ball and 3-ball on the back corners) and winner breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- jump cues not allowed;
- foul on all balls;
- all slop counts (except spot any 10-ball made on the break); and
- 40-second shot clock (one automatic extension per player per rack unless at hill/hill, then two extensions per player).

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 60% of the time (163 of 273), won 50% of the games (136 of 273), and broke and ran 20% of the games (54 of 273).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 273 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 50% (136) of all 273 games, Break-and-run games -- The 54 break-and-run games represented 20% of all 273 games, 40% of the 136 games won by the breaker, and 33% of the 163 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul).

The 54 break-and-run games consisted of 3 three-packs (Cheng, Bustamante, and Shaw), 5 two-packs (Biado, Orcollo, Shaw twice, and Van Boening ), and 35 singles. No one broke and ran 4 or more games in a row. 

10-balls on the break -- The 10-ball was made on the break just 3 times (1.1% of the 273 breaks), but it was spotted (with the breaker continuing to shoot) rather than counting as a win.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some stats from the Accu-Stats "Make It Happen" 10-Ball Invitational played December 17-21, 2015 at Sandcastle Billiards in Edison, NJ.

This was a 6-player event, with 15 round-robin matches (races to 13) followed by a playoff match between the 2 players with the best records. The tie-breaker for getting into the finals for players with the same records in matches was the number of games won. The six players were: Shane Van Boening, Jayson Shaw, Thorsten Hohmann, Earl Strickland, Yu Hsuan "Kevin" Cheng, and Darren Appleton.

The conditions for this event included:
- Diamond 9-foot table with blue Simonis 860 cloth;
- Aramith Tournament balls with the measles cue ball;
- Accu-Rack Dedicated 10 racking template;
- 40-second shot clock with one automatic 40-second extension per rack;
- rack your own and winner breaks from anywhere behind the head string;
- call shots, except slop counts (including the 10-ball) on the break, on kick shots, and for other pocketed balls when a called ball is legally pocketed.
- jump cues not allowed
- lag for opening break.

Overall results for all 16 matches -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 76% of the time (244 of 321), won 61% of the games (197 of 321), and broke and ran 33%of the games (105 of 321).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 321 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 61% (197 of 321) of all games,
Break-and-run games: The 105 break-and-run games represented 33% of all 321 games, 53% of the 197 games won by the breaker, and 43% of the 244 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). The 105 break-and-run games (including 10-balls on the break) consisted of one 6-pack (by Van Boening), two 4-packs (both by Van Boening), six 3-packs (three by Shaw, two by Van Boening, and one by Appleton), thirteen 2-packs, and 47 singles.

10-balls on the break:
The 105 break-and-run games included 6 10-balls on the break (1.9% of the 321 breaks).

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some aggregate break statistics from the 2015 US Open 10-Ball Championship, played the past three days at the Rio Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

The conditions for this call-shot 10-Ball event included: Diamond 7-foot table with 4 1/2" pro-cut corner pockets, Simonis 860 Tournament Blue cloth, Cyclop TV balls (including the cue ball), jump cues allowed, breaker racks using the Magic Rack template with the 2- and 3-balls on the back corners, alternating breaks from anywhere behind the head string, cue-ball fouls only, a break is a foul unless a ball is pocketed or at least 4 object balls reach a cushion (just one violation), opponent has choice to shoot or return the shot if a called ball goes in the wrong pocket or a ball is made on a safety, and a 10-ball pocketed on the break is spotted.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball and did not foul 72% of the time (209 of 291), won 57% of the games (167 of 291), and broke and ran 31% of the games (89 of 291).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 291 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul: Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 57% (167) of all 291 games,

Break-and-run games: The 89 break-and-run games represented 31% of all 291 games, 53% of the 167 games won by the breaker, and 43% of the 209 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul). 

With alternating breaks, B&R "packages" of the normal type are not possible. But we can still look at the breaks of a given player and see how many he ran on his own successive breaks, and we can call these "alternate-break packages." The 89 break-and-run games consisted of 1 alternate-break 4-pack (by Van Boening), 5 alternate-break 3-packs, 17 alternate-break 2-packs, and 36 singles.

10-balls on the break: The 10-ball was made on the break 3 times (1.0% of the 291 breaks), and it was spotted rather than counting as a game win.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some break statistics from the 2015 Diamond Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge streamed by Accu-Stats from the Derby City Classic at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth, Indiana. This was an invitational 16-man, single-elimination event.

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 49% of the time (120 of 243), won 50% of the games (121 of 243), and broke and ran 16% of the games (39 of 243).

Here's amore detailed breakdown of the 243 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 50% (121) of all 243 games, Break-and-run games: The 39 break-and-run games represented 16% of all 243 games, 32% of the 121 games won by the breaker, and 33% of the 120 games in which the break was successful (made a ball and didn't foul).

The 39 break-and-run games consisted of 1 three-pack (Van Boening), 2 two-packs (Van Boening and Orcollo), and 32 singles. No one broke and ran 4 or more games in a row. 

10-balls on the break: The 10-ball was made on the break 7 times (2.9% of the 243 breaks), but it was spotted (with the breaker continuing to shoot) rather than counting as a win.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some break statistics from the 2014 Diamond Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge from the Derby City Classic. This was an invitational 16-man, single-elimination event.

The conditions for this event included: Diamond 10-foot table with 4 7/16" (I think) corner pockets, Simonis cloth, Diamond wooden rack, Cyclop TV balls, winner breaks, rack your own (2-ball and 3-ball on the back corners), break from anywhere behind the line, no jump cues allowed, all slop counts (except spot any 10-ball made on the break), and a 40-second shot clock (one extension per player per rack unless at hill/hill, then two extensions per player).

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 58% of the time (155 of 267), won 52% of the games (139 of 267), and broke and ran 16% of the games (44 of 267).

Here's a more detailed breakdown of the 267 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break: Breaker broke dry (without fouling): Therefore, whereas the breaker won 52% (139) of all 267 games,

Break-and-run games: The 44 break-and-run games (16% of all the games) consisted of 5 two-packs and 34 singles. No one broke and ran 3 or more games in a row.

10-balls on the break: The 10-ball was made on the break 6 times without scratching (2.2% of the 267 breaks), but it was spotted (with the breaker continuing to shoot) rather than counting as a win.

 

from AtLarge AZB post:

Here are some break statistics for all 9 of the Diamond Bigfoot 10-Ball Challenge matches from the 2013 Southern Classic in Tunica, MS.

The conditions for this event included: Diamond 10-foot tables with approx. 4 1/2" (4 7/16"?) corner pockets, Simonis cloth, Diamond wooden rack, winner breaks, rack your own, break from anywhere behind the line, no jump cues allowed, all slop counts except spot any 10-ball made on the break in either foot-rail pocket, and a 40-second shot clock (last 3 matches only).

Overall results -- The breaker made at least one ball (and did not foul) 56% of the time (89 of 159), won 53% of the games (85 of 159), and broke and ran 19% of the games (30 of 159).

Here's a little more detailed breakdown of the 159 games.

Breaker made at least one ball and did not foul:

Breaker fouled on the break:

Breaker broke dry (without fouling):

Therefore, whereas the breaker won 53% (85) of all 159 games,

- He won 62% (55 of 89) of the games in which he made at least one ball on the break and did not foul.
- He won 33% (5 of 15) of the games in which he fouled on the break.
- He won 45% (25 of 55) of the games in which he broke dry but did not foul.
- He won 43% (30 of 70) of the games in which he either fouled on the break or broke dry without fouling.

10-balls on the break: One that counted as a win; eleven that were spotted. Ten of those spotted 10-balls occurred in the last three matches on Tuesday.

 


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