Billiards Games, Snooker &
lesson is about
billiards games to include these versions: billiards, snooker, 8-Ball,
9-Ball and Carom.
rules and terms you should know are also taught.
– What does it mean? Many believe that the word has been
from the French dictionary where ‘bille’ means ball and ‘art’ refers to
the art of playing the game. Others believe that it referred to the
game of Port and King Billiards which is played with the hoop and
In England, it is still believed that this game was
originally played with 2 white and 1 red ball and was referred to as
Historians believe that billiards games existed
in the year 1470 within the limits of King Louis XI of France where
they used a game board.
Further, these games were
played by all classes of people in the ancient times, from kings to
commoners. In the beginning, the game was played with 2 balls each
belonging to one of the two players. The playground was a table with
six pockets and the goal was to hit the opponent’s ball with the
player’s ball so that the opponent’s ball moved through the target. The
rules varied as time went by until standardization was established.
Billiards Games: Rules
The equipment required for a game is a table that measures 12
6 feet with 6 pockets. It is played with one red ball and two white cue
balls; one would have a small black spot whereas the other one will not
have one. The tapered sticks are used to strike the cue balls with a
tip that is called cues. The cues are chalked every now and then to
prevent any slippery contact with the cue ball.
There are other
accessories called rest, a full-butt and a half-butt that can be used
to rest the cue to extend the playing lengths or used to hit long shots.
singles game is usually played rather than doubles. Each turn that a
player gets is called a break and can be followed by a series of
strikes of the cue ball that would end either by a foul or a scoreless
shot. When the cue ball knocks another ball into a pocket it is known
as potted. When a cue ball strikes the first ball and this in turn
strikes the other ball that can be potted or not is called a cannon.
Another technical term that is used, in off
when a player pots a ball after having hit another ball. Kissed
means to be struck or touched
with the cue ball.
There are several versions of Billiards games.
Billiards Games: 8-Ball
One of them is 8-Ball that is played with a cue ball and fifteen object
balls, which are numbered from one to fifteen.
object of the game is that one player should pocket balls numbered 1
through 7 that would be in solid colors whereas; the other
player pocket balls from 9 through 15 that would be in
The player pocketing his share of balls is allowed to legally pocket
the 8-Ball and thus, win the game.
Billiards Games: 9-Ball
form of the game is 9-Ball that is played with 9 object balls numbered
from one to nine and of course the cue ball. The first contact made
should always be lowest numbered ball on the table and it won’t matter
which ball is potted. After the first player misses, the second player
would take over from the position where the first player left off. The
game is won by pocketing the 9-Ball.
is another version of this sports game and is played on a rectangular
shaped table with 6 pockets. In snooker, the cue ball is used to strike
and pocket the object balls in one of the 6 pockets. There would be six
different colored balls each assigned with points. Example: yellow=2
points. Each ball should be potted in a sequence and points are awarded
accordingly. The player with the most points wins the frame. The player
who has the maximum frame wins out of 19 frames is declared the winner
of the match.
French or Carom is played with two white and one red
ball on a table without
pockets. Yes, this version does not have any pockets. The objective of
this game is to drive one of the white balls (cue ball) into both the
other balls and by doing so the player earns one point. The three balls
used in this game are white, red and white with a spot.
When one player fails to score any point, the play is passed to another
player, who plays the game as it is left.
The game continues until one player reaches an agreed number of points
that is often 50.
of the rules is if a player hits the wrong cue ball, then it is
considered a penalty of one point and the player loses their turn.
Games is followed by Darts
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