Straight pool , also called 14.1 continuous or simply 14.1, is a pocket billiards game , and was the common sport of championship competition until overtaken by faster-playing games like nine-ball (and to a lesser extent eight-ball ). This is the classic game from the history of pool and most of the greatest players of all time were known to play this game .
In straight pool , the shooter may attempt to pocket any ball on the table. The object is to reach a set number of points determined by agreement before the game . One point is scored for each ball pocketed where no foul is made. A typical game might require a player to score 100 points, meaning at least 100 balls must be pocketed to win. In professional competition, straight pool is usually played to 150 points. Straight pool is a call - pocket game , meaning the player must indicate the intended object ball and pocket on every shot .