One-pocket (sometimes spelled one pocket , 1-pocket , etc.) is a two-player (or -team) pool (pocket billiards ) game . The object of the game is to score points by pocketing (potting) pool balls into specific pockets. A point is made when a player makes any object ball into that player's designated pocket . The winner is the first to score an agreed-upon number of points (most commonly 8). The player making the break shot (typically after winning the lag ) chooses a foot corner pocket for the rest of the game ; all of that shooter's balls must be shot into that pocket . All of the opponent's balls must be made in the other foot corner pocket .