Snooker is a game variant that requires an extra large pool table. Originally from England, it spread to all Commonwealth countries worldwide with British colonization. But beyond that and thanks to good TV broadcasts, this game finds a lot of friends. The rounded borders towards the pockets make the game, and above all a sense of achievement, very difficult for a beginner on the large tables. But the game is quickly explained and so you can get started quickly. You just have to practice a lot ...

The game is played with 15 red balls that are set up to form a triangle, the white one and six balls of different colors. The principle of the game is that each player must start with a red ball at the beginning of his intake. If he succeeds in pocketing a red ball, he must then pocket a colored ball of his choice. Then there would be a red ball again. For each sunk red ball there is one point, the colored balls have the following value: yellow = 2 points, green = 3 points, brown = 4 points, blue = 5 points, pink = 6 points and black = 7 points. Points scored are added together. Colored balls that have been sunk are set up again on their starting point (spot) before the next shot. This happens as long as there are red balls on the table. When all red balls have been sunk, you can sink a colored ball of your choice again, then the colored balls must be sunk in the order of their value. If a player commits a foul, no points are deducted. Instead, the opponent is awarded at least four points. If a foul occurs in connection with playing on a ball that has a higher value than four, i.e. blue, pink or black, the opponent is credited with the points corresponding to the ball that was played on. The snooker table is by far the largest table of all billiards. It has a playing surface of 356.9 x 177.8 cm. The pockets are rounded, which makes it much more difficult to sink the balls. The name of the gang differs from that of pool tables. The board from which the opening stroke is played is called the foot board and the board opposite, where the black ball is set up, is called the head board. The table is provided with several markings. At a distance of 73.7 cm from the foot board, a line running parallel to the board has been drawn, but this has no meaning for the course of the game. In the middle of this line is a point that serves both to build up the brown ball and at the same time is the center of a semicircle that points towards the ankle band and has a radius of 29.2 cm. The yellow and green balls are built on the intersection of the semicircle with the line. The order of the balls from left to right in the direction of play is: green, brown, yellow.

In the middle of the table is the “Center Spot” on which the blue ball is set up. In the middle between this point and the headband is the "pyramid spot" on which the pink ball is built. The first ball of the triangle of red balls is immediately behind it, as close as possible to the pink one, but without actually touching it. The red balls are all in contact with each other, so they are pressed. The black ball is built behind the triangle of red balls. After each foul, the opponent has the opportunity to let the person who committed the foul play again. In the opening shot, the white ball can be freely positioned within the semicircle. Unlike with pool, "jump-shots" are strictly forbidden in snooker. This term means when the white ball jumps over another. It does not mean that the white ball is generally not allowed to leave the playing area, for example because the kick off has failed completely. In contrast to pool billiards, it is quite permitted and customary for a player to be able to give up, for example if the lead cannot be caught.

Here you will get die offical rules for snooker and English billiards


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