Snooker is one of the most popular billiards games in the world. Similar to pool, the snooker game takes place on a felt-covered table with six pockets, a cue stick and a set of balls. one white cue ball, 15 red balls worth one point each, and six balls of different colours: yellow (two points), green (three), brown (four), blue (five), pink (six) and black (seven). The red balls are initially placed in a triangular formation, and the other coloured balls on marked positions on the table known as "spots". Players execute shots by striking the cue ball with the cue, causing the cue ball to hit a red or coloured ball. Points are scored by sinking the red and coloured balls (knocking them into the pockets, called "potting") in the correct sequence. A player receives additional points if the opponent commits a foul. A player (or team) wins a frame (individual game) of snooker by scoring more points than the opponent(s). A player wins a match when a predetermined number of frames have been won.
Snooker, generally regarded as having been invented in India by British Army officers, is popular in many of the English-speaking and Commonwealth countries, with top professional players attaining multimillion-pound career earnings from the game. The sport has become increasingly popular in China. Touring professional players compete regularly around the world, the premier tournament being the World Snooker Championship, held annually in Sheffield, England.
Here you can learn how to play snooker.
- 1Obtain the proper equipment. Snooker is played with 22, unnumbered object balls, divided into a group of 15 red balls, a group of 6 balls of different colors and one white ball (the cue ball). Each ball has a different point value: red=1, yellow=2, green=3, brown=4, blue=5, pink=6, and black=7.
- 2Understand that you're trying to score a higher number of points than your opponent by potting the balls, i.e. sinking the red and the colored balls alternately into the table pockets.
- 3Toss a coin to decide who is to play first. The first player has to cause the cue ball to contact a red ball. If he fails to do this, the other player tries.
- 4The first player who manages to pot a red ball continues by potting one of the colored balls and then a red ball in sequence until he fails. Then, the turn moves to the other player, who has to pot a red then a colored ball in sequence until he fails.
- 5Continue in that manner as long as there are still red balls on the table. While there are still any remaining red balls on the table, all the potted colored balls return to their original position on the table.
- 6Put the lowest value to the highest value colored balls in sequence after the red balls run out. From then on, the colored balls are no longer put back in their original position.
- 7The snooker game ends when there are no longer balls on the table, i.e. all balls have been potted in the specified sequence. The winner is the player who had scored the highest number of points. Sometimes, the points difference between the players will be more than the points available on the table. During such cases, by mutual understanding between the players, the player with the lower number of points resigns from the game, thereby making the opponent as winner, even with balls left on the table.