What is a Suit in Pool?

In pool, a “suit” refers to one of the two groups of balls used in games such as 8-ball. These groups are referred to as solids and stripes. Each suit consists of seven balls that players must pocket before attempting to pocket the 8-ball to win the game.

The 2 Suits in Pool


Solids, also known as “low balls,” are the balls numbered 1 through 7. They are solidly coloured and typically include yellow, blue, red, purple, orange, green, and maroon.


Stripes, also known as “high balls,” are the balls numbered 9 through 15. These balls have a white base with a coloured stripe running around the middle. The stripe colours match the solid balls, with the added distinction of having a stripe to differentiate them from their solid counterparts.