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Latest Virtual Pool 3 DL Patch for Download Version

This patch is only for the download (DL) version. If you don't have it request an upgrade.

You can check to see if you already are at the latest version by comparing the version number shown in the link below with the version shown on the VP3 About screen.

Virtual Pool 3 MB)

This is a full install, not a patch. This is required as we have moved to a new installer. is compatible with for online play so this is not a mandatory upgrade for online play. You can patch to using the link below.

Virtual Pool 3 patch MB)

Requires at least version  If you are at, install the full version.


Patch History


Installer Changes

  • New Installer that corrects many install problems

  • Better compression resulting in much smaller download size

  • Change name of exe from vp3dl.exe to vp3.exe so GameSpy can find VP3

Misc Changes

  • New player training interactively teaches VP basics

Online Changes

  • Windows firewall registration for VP3DL

  • Correct Snooker break reset after passing turn

  • Fixed full screen brightness reset on alt-tab



Physics Changes

  • Slowed the rails down some



Physics Changes

  • Tweaked the rail reversal effect of balls changing when hitting them back and forth at low angles and higher speeds

  • Tweaked the rail speeds

Misc Changes

  • Corrected a problem with running on Windows Vista



Physics Changes

  • Corrected a problem where balls could drop through the top of the rail then end up floating in the air outside the table

  • Corrected a problem where cue ball on pocket edge moves to center of table

  • Corrected "stun bug"

  • Rails friction is now slightly higher

Misc Changes

  • On a snooker break and a foul occurs and the opponent passes the turn back,  the break statistics did not reset to zero

  • Snooker longest run was not being recorded

  • Using amplify during ball in hand allows moving the cue ball through other balls and if another key was pressed while moving the cue ball, it could be dropped inside another ball

  • Corrected sound bug where pocket sounds would occur when rails or table top was hit

  • Added a L (left) or R (right) to the left of players name for One Pocket to show which pocket the player owns

  • Fixed bug where Move Ball could not be remapped to mouse buttons

  • Changed rack spacing for better break

  • Corrected a problem with registration that could cause VP3DL to become unregistered

  • Alternate break now works properly when a player explicitly changes turn at the start of a game

Online Changes

  • Attempted to fix problem with save games getting corrupted

Rule Changes

  •  When CO made an illegal break in Straight Pool or Basic Pocket Billiards and the rebreak was specified the turn was not passed back to the CO

Career Changes

  • Changing the bet with Curley did not allow betting more than $10,000.



Misc Changes

  • Fix problem where bowlliards break was at reduced power

Online Changes

  • Attempted to fix problem where challenge room game setup changes

  • Changed double click game load to not work when online

Physics Changes

  • Adjusted rail reverse effect that was added in The effect was too severe and happened at velocities that were too low making double banks not open up enough.

  • Snooker rail model was modified to be different than the pool rail model

  • Fixed bug where object ball hitting inside edge of side pocket suddenly accelerated

  • Fixed bug where ball in corner pocket would not be counted as pocketed



Rule Changes

  • Fixed Straight Pool bug where an object ball hit off the table resulted in BIH in kitchen. It should be a foul but no BIH.

  • Fixed problem where in rare instances low ball hit foul was called even though the low ball was hit. This was seen most often in Snooker when shooting colours but could happen in any game where a low ball hit is required.

Online Changes

  • Fix turn change in Billiards. Ball colors did not change properly when turns were changed for the other player or spectators

Physics Changes

  • Made balls cleaner so the throw less

  • Redo of the rail model. Previous model was not well balanced and had errors in ball paths. Multiple rail shots did not respond properly and were overly sensitive to speed and English.

  • Table bed friction was increased for Professional and Championship tables

  • Fix bug where object ball on pocket edge could be shot though table



Career Changes

  • Career Player skill level has been reduced

  • Career weight adjusted for more play with less handicap

  • Career due impression now has greater effect on how many players want to play and how much money they will bet

  • Career games played in a match modified for some games

  • Career opponent bets modified so it takes more plays to build up enough money to play the boss

  • Computer Opponent was made easier for career

  • Computer Opponent handles low ball spot for rotation better

  • Computer Opponent now handles situation where it needs a hook to win better

  • Computer Opponent handles Straight Pool and Basic Pocket Billiards illegal break situations better

  • Computer Opponent now plays Cribbage better

  • Computer Opponent mental state variance has been reduced

  • For Quick Play Computer Opponent now plays Career Hard level. It used to be  Career Good Luck level

  • Fixed Computer Opponent statistics problem where Statistics menu called from Career Select Opponent menu was not initialized to the game being played in the career.

  • Put Opponent mental characteristics into the Computer Opponent Profile screen for Career Play.  The mental state is always set to Unknown.

  • Added Skip Movie button for Career Play

  • Curly match was set to 11 games. It has been changed to vary by game type.

Misc Changes

  • Fixed bug, during online play, after a one pocket match the Call Shot window would shot and the screen was black

  • Fix crash bug for Trick Shot Post in 16 bit mode

  • Removed ERSB notice when online play starts

  • Change Turn for Billiards at start of game now has breaking player always using cue ball on the right side



Rule Changes

  • Fixed one pocket bug where ball would not be spotted if you made opponents ball and they owed balls

Misc Changes

  • Cue loading used to be limited to 64 cues and is now unlimited allowing any number of custom cues to be added.

  • Crash when doing screen shot (F11) in 16 bit color mode was fixed.

  • Problem with ball disappearing when bouncing on rail alleviated.

  • Attempted to correct rare problem where low ball is properly hit and an incorrect foul is called.

  • Fixed bug on Windows 98 and earlier for failure to run with the message: "the vp3dlexe file is linked to missing export KERNEL32.DLL:GlobalMemoryStatusEX".

  • Fixed self-extracting installer problem where install aborted with the error "An  error occurred during the move data process -113"

  • Cue squirt menu setting when in Trick/Setup Shot mode has been fixed

  • Fixed bug where after a one pocket match the Call Shot window would shot and the screen was black


Initial release of Virtual Pool 3 DL version

New Features

  • Post trick shots

  • Post discussion

  • Jpeg compression for screen shots

Physics Changes

  • Miscue point is now correct.

  • Cue tip cue ball contact point computation is now correct.

  • Masse computation is improved.

  • Change cue squirt for trick shots

Rule Changes

  • Correct miscall in Bowlliards at game over

  • Fixed numerous issues in 8 ball rules including:

    • 8 ball foul was incorrect for Bar rules

    •  8 ball was incorrectly allowed to be hit first in Midwest rules

    • Pub rules incorrectly did not call a foul if opponents ball was pocketed after a legal hit

    • Spot balls knocked off table for Pub and Bar rules

    • Spot delayed balls after called safety in Midwest rules

    • Updated League 8 ball rules for delayed balls to be all balls not just yours

  •  Removed foul on break for Bank for 4 balls not hitting rail

  • Delayed spotting of balls made on break for Bank pool

  • Fixed scoring bug One Pocket where score was not counted correctly

  • Fixed scoring bug for Rotation where points were not added correctly for tie score at end

  • Fixed statistics bug where reds made not counted correctly

  • Fixed cribbage bug where balls could be improperly placed after a game

  • Fixed cowboy bug where balls could be improperly placed after a game

  • Fixed numerous statistic bugs in Bowlliards related to shot counting

  • Fixed cribbage bug where 15 ball could be shot at wrong time

  • Fixed ribbage bug where ball on was set for break

  • Fixed miscalls for Bank Pool, Honolulu, Basic Pocket, and Bowlliardsat start of game

Online Changes

  • Ghost ball in online play loophole fixed

  • Draw game removed from online play

  • No drag and drop of saved games files while playing online

Misc Changes

  • Crash on balls going into pocket, especially side pocket in Snooker is fixed

  • Resign game in challenge room only giving points to the winner and not
    subtracting points from the loser has been fixed

  • Using menu options like change turn in shot clock game after clock expires has been fixed

  • Remove Black Widow fonts