There are various types of billiard games, also referred to as cue games, which are played all over the world. But there are 4 particular billiard games which are widely loved and are the most popular among the other types of billiard games. This article will give you a brief introduction about all these games and make sure you become the billiards trivia master!We recommend you also read: What Really Is The Difference Between Ping Pong and Table Tennis?
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American-Style Eight Ball
The American Style Eight Ball also referred to as Pocket Billiards, Bar Pool, Six Pocket or Solids and Stripes, is a classic American favorite, as the name suggests. Played with a total of 16 balls, out of which 7 are stripes, 7 are solids, 1 is an eight ball and one is the cue ball, the objective of the game is to shoot all your balls in the pockets of the table, and also shoot the mighty eight ball in a designated pocket. Both the players are assigned either solids or stripes, and the game revolves around wanting to pocket all your balls along with the magical eight balls. Whoever does this first, is considered the winner of the game. Despite being a classic game, it became immensely popular in the 20th century, this game is still very popular with the younger generation and is also known to be one of the most popular types of billiard games around. Being very popular in Europe and the Middle East, the game has traveled far and long, causing in a little distortion of the rules, so no one can really decide on a certain set of rules, and everyone plays the game as they go along. So before you start a new game, it is a good idea to quickly go through the rules so that you and the other player are on the same page.
Straight pool is often also referred to as 14.1 and also involves the same set of balls used for American-Style Eight Ball (7 solids, 7 stripes, one eight balls, and one cue ball). The objective of this game differs from that of the American style eight balls. Here the players try to pocket any balls, regardless of if they are solids or stripes. Each ball pocketed gives the player one point. This game can go up to 100 or 150 points, and this depends on how many times the players re-rack the balls on the table. This style of playing got popular in 1961 when Jackie Gleason and Paul Newman went against each other in the film The Hustler. This game is more marathon styled, where players focus on quick movements and pocketing off the balls.
Carom, also called Carombole or Straight Rail is played just with 3 balls. There are 2 white cue balls for each player and one red object ball. PLayed on a table with no pockets, the objective of the game is to strike the red object ball and the cue ball of the opponent’s in the same shot. This game is slightly uncommon but it originated in Spanish and actually is one of the oldest billiard games ever. Another thing that sets this game apart is that the pocketless table is slightly heated up so that the speed of the balls can be increased and moisture can be removed.
A game played with 22 balls, which include 15 red balls, 6 different colored balls, and 1 cue ball, Snooker is played on a table which is larger than a pool table. Unlike Carom, Snooker is played on a table with 6 pockets and players score one point for pocketing a red ball, and more points when they hit the colorful balls. The points scored when you hit the colored balls keep on increasing. A very serious game, snooker is a classic which is enjoyed by all and is also very competitive.
Now that you know the basics of these 4 types of billiard games, I encourage you to go out there and try them out with your friends to understand which billiard game is your personal favorite!