A shot that has an ostensibly positive outcome for the player, although it was not what the player intended. Examples of flukes include an unexpected pot off several cushions or other balls having missed the pocket aimed for, or a lucky safety position after having missed a shot . Many players are apologetic after a fluke , and in most games such an accident is a loss of turn . Some rule sets (most notably those of nine-ball and related games generally, and the eight-ball rules of the American Poolplayers Association and its affiliates) count flukes as valid, point -making shots. Compare fish and slop ; contrast mark (sense 3) and call .