shawbros9 wrote:If a player goes in off the black and the result is a tied frame, does the black remain in the position it finished in after the foul or is it placed on its spot?
This question has already been thoroughly and accurately answered, but I will go ahead and chime in as there is an element which is a personal pet peeve of mine. It may not be the Oxford standard definition, but in my mind, "tie" and "draw" are not equivalent terms. To tie as in a sporting event is conclusive; to draw is merely temporary. A final score may end in a tie. A football (soccer) match can end in a tie. It doesn't happen very often, but as the good people of London recently discovered, an American football game can end in a tie. A frame of snooker may NOT result in a tie. Ever. After the final Black, it may be a draw, the scores level. But a winner will be decided. Likewise, a chess game may not result in a tie. A condition of "stalemate" may be reached (also a possibility in Snooker) so a game may be a draw with no effect on the ultimate match score; the board is re-set and the game is re-played.
A re-spot Black frame is fairly common when the Black is potted to draw the scores level so everyone always knows what to do. A fouled final Black whether by in off or failure to contact doesn't happen too frequently so people tend to be confused by it. So when this type of situation comes up on occasion, the best way to think of it is simply like any other sport...there is "regulation play", then there may be "overtime" (re-spotted Black). So what is "regulation play"? That has already been answered above, but to repeat for clarity using a quote from the Rules verbatim: "When Black is the only object ball remaining on the table, the first score or foul ends the frame
..." and that applies ALWAYS. Now, in the event that the first score or foul on that final Black results in the scores being equal as we have in the original post, then we still have the end of "regulation play" and we move into "overtime". Overtime is always the same....spot the Black, flip a coin (or any other agreed method) to determine choice, White ball in hand. Play out the overtime again to "the first score or foul ends the frame." And we have a winner.