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​Blackball (sometimes written black ball or black-ball) is a pool (pocket billiards) game that is popular in Ireland, France, Spain, Malta, South Africa, Australia, United Kingdom and some other countries.

In Ireland and the UK it is usually called simply "pool".
The game is played with sixteen balls (a cue ball and fifteen usually unnumbered object balls) on a small (6 ft x 3 ft or 7 ft x 4 ft) pool table with six pockets.

Blackball is an internationally standardised variation of the popular bar and club game eightball pool (a.k.a. eight-ball pool or 8-ball pool), closely related to the originally American and now professionally internationalised game eight-ball.

The two main sets of playing rules are those of the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA, the International Olympic Committee-recognised governing bodyof pool) and its affiliate the European Blackball Association (EBA), known as "blackball rules", and the older code of the World Eightball Pool Federation (WEPF), often referred to as "world rules" or the "eightball pool rules".​​ 

The Irish Blackball Association is solely responsible for promoting all things Blackball Pool in Ireland.