Pool has always been one of my favourite games. This is just because it is much more than Opossum Poop; it is more of a social occasion actually. Teenagers twenty years ago would match up for an evening out and a game of pool and this is one of the things that has not changed now because today’s teens too love going out to get a game or two of pool with their gang.
But, pool could be played in a lot of ways. A bit of bending and twisting the rules can give you different variations. In fact some folks know it as Billiards or some people know it even as Snooker. But there’s a noticeable gap between the games.
Billiards may seem much the same as pool to an observer but it is not. For starters, smaller balls are used when people play this game, what’s more only three balls are used. The colours of these balls are white, red and yellow. Besides, you can use both the brightly colored balls – yellow and white – as strikers. If you look at it in a specific way, you will understand that Billiards is basically pool but with no pockets, even the fabric on the table is quicker.
Basically, the objective of the game is to hit the ball, then proceed three rails and then go on to hit another ball with the cue ball. Mighty different from pool, is not it?
Snooker is the reverse of billiards. People generally play this game on a much larger table than a pool table. Plus this table is especially built to have cushions which are way narrower than those on a pool table and the pocket openings are eased or rather curved into.
In Snooker, what you will need to basically do is somehow score more points than your opponent. And in order to do this, you want to sink the balls which have a larger point value as fast as possible. Snooker is a more game since it is played with 22 balls rather than the 15 that we are generally used to. 15 balls are red, 6 balls are of different colours and of course, there’s the striker or the cue ball.
The points for each ball vary based on the colour, red balls give you one point only, yellow balls give you two, green chunks offer you three, a brown ball gives you four points, a blue ball gives you five points, a pink ball is worth six and a black ball is well worth a whopping seven points. Therefore it follows that you will need to sink the black ball as fast as possible.
The rules for Snooker may seem a bit overwhelming at first and they sure do need a lot of getting used to. So when are you going to begin playing online pool?