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History of the Game

The game of snooker is a cue sport which emerged in its modern form in the late 19th century, with roots going back to the 16th century form of English billiards. Billiards was popular among the British Armed Forces stationed in India. As billiards was only a two player game, new games such as life pool and pyramid pool were developed in order to accommodate more players. Eventually, these two games were combined to form snooker. The beginning  Billiards was first played in the 16th century. It was known as a "gentleman's game" because of its popularity among royalty. The...

Sep 19, 2017

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Playing Billiards

Introduction Billiards is a game that seems simple, but is actually quite complex and challenging. There is a lot to learn and perfecting the game can take years. Perhaps you may have played billiards in your local pub or community center for fun, but now you want to get serious about the game and improve your skills. If you are looking to learn the basics of billiards, this article will get you started. A Beginner’s Guide to Playing Billiards Before You Take a Shot Preparing for the shot begins well before you line up your pool cue. First of all,...

Mar 21, 2015

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Choosing the Right Billiards Cue

If your pool game isn't improving, the problem might not be you - it might be your cue. When you're a regular player, and you're serious about upping your game, start by getting away from house sticks. The cues provided by most pool halls are typically poor quality items, designed for casual players at best. They are rarely straight, and are usually far beyond their prime. Choosing your first pool cue can be confusing, and if you're not sure what to look for, you could end up spending a lot of money on a stick that just isn't right for...

Sep 11, 2014

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The Art of English in Billiards

When you strike a stationery cue ball, the very act of striking will almost always induce some level of English, or spin, in the cue ball. Understanding the effects of English, and learning to exploit the phenomenon is essential to becoming a better billiards player. To strike a cue ball without inducing any English, it is necessary to make contact with the exact center of the cue ball with a completely horizontal cue trajectory. It will be obvious to even beginners that achieving a dead center strike with a completely flat trajectory is simply physically impossible a lot of the...

Aug 11, 2014

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