What is pool and snooker?

Pool is usually played with one black ball, 7 yellow balls, 7 red balls and a white cue ball, but it can vary depending on the type of game. Pool is played on a table with 6 pockets.

Snooker is played with 15 red balls, 6 coloured balls and 1 cue ball – they are all slightly larger than pool balls. Snooker tables are larger than pool tables, but the 6 pockets on a snooker table are smaller than those on a pool table.

how to plAY pool and snooker?

Pool is a type of billiards game that is played with pockets. There are multiple variations of pool, but in the UK, the classic game (8-ball pool) involves 7 yellow balls, 7 red balls, a white ball and a black ball. The red and yellow balls are put into a pool triangle, with the black ball in the top centre. The white ball is placed at the opposite end of the table, and the triangle is removed.

The first player starts by hitting the white ball with their pool cue, aiming to break the triangle of balls at the other end. If one of the coloured balls goes in a pocket, this is now their colour and they can try to pot another one in, using the white ball. Their go ends when they fail to pot a ball, pot the white or opponents colour ball or the ball comes off the table. If the player pots the black ball before the end, they have lost. Once all a player’s coloured balls are potted, they must pot the black ball to win.

Snooker is a much more complicated game. The aim is to strike the white cue ball so that it strikes the coloured and pink balls in turn and causes them to fall into one of the six pockets. Points are awarded for legally potting balls in accordance with the rules outlined below, or when the opponent commits a foul.

The yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black snooker balls, each worth a different number of points, are all placed in a specific position on the table. The 15 red balls are placed in a triangle towards the edge of the table. Players take turns using the snooker cue to hit the white ball, in order to pot a red ball.

If they successfully pot one, they can then attempt to pot a coloured ball for points, in the specific order of yellow (2), green (3), brown (4), blue (5), pink (6), black (7). Between each coloured ball, they must pot a red ball. After each player’s turn, the red balls stay in the pockets but the coloured balls return to their original positions. The winner is the player with the most points at the end.

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