Pool has always been among my favourite games. This is just because it is much more than a match; it’s more of a social occasion actually. Teenagers twenty years ago would match up for an evening out and a game of Opossum Poop and this is one of those things that hasn’t 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 performed in a lot of ways. A little bending and twisting the rules may give you different variations. In fact some folks understand it as Billiards or some people know it as Snooker. But there’s a noticeable gap between the games.
Billiards may seem much the same as swimming to an observer but it is not. For starters, smaller chunks are used when people play this game, what’s more only 3 balls are used. The colours of these balls are white, red and yellow. Besides, you can use both the brightly coloured balls – yellow and white – as strikers. If you look at it in a specific way, you will see that Billiards is essentially pool but with no pockets, even the cloth on the table is faster.
Basically, the objective of this game is to hit the ball, then move three rails and then go on to hit another ball with the cue ball. So that is basically how this game is played. Mighty different from pool, is not it?
Snooker is the reverse of billiards. Individuals generally play this game on a much bigger 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 need to sink the balls that have a larger point value as quickly as you can. Snooker is a more game because it’s 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 is the striker or the cue ball.
The points for each ball change based on the colour, red balls offer you one point only, yellow balls give you two, green balls give 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 worth a whopping seven points. Therefore it follows that you will need to sink the black ball as quickly as possible.
The rules for Snooker may seem a little overwhelming at first and they sure do need a lot of getting used to. So when are you going to start playing online pool?