The Rules of Snooker

Snooker is played with 15 red balls, 6 coloured balls and 1 white cue ball. The goal is to pot a red ball first followed by a coloured ball then red then coloured, and so on and so forth. This red-coloured sequence continues until all of the balls have been pocketed. If you fail to pocket the right ball, then it becomes the opposing players turn. Add up the points using the values listed below to find out who the winner is. Set the rack by placing 14 red balls in a pyramid with the pink ball at the point and the black ball behind the pyramid. The blue ball is placed in the middle of the table. The brown, yellow, and green balls are placed in a line across from the pyramid. Jump shots are illegal in snooker. If you pot the incorrect ball in the wrong sequence then this shot is considered a foul. It then becomes the opposing players turn and no points are scored. Foul red balls are left off the table but foul coloured balls are re-spotted on the table.

 

  • Red ball = 1 Point

  • Yellow Ball = 2 Points

  • Green Ball = 3 Points

  • Brown Ball = 4 Points

  • Blue Ball = 5 Points

  • Pink Ball = 6 Points

  • Black Ball = 7 points

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The Rules of English Pool

English pool is played with 7 yellow balls, 7 red balls, 1 black ball ( 8 ball) and 1 white cue ball. To win, a player must pocket all their group of object balls in any order, and then legally pocket the 8 ball. The game begins by the first player breaking the balls. To be deemed a legal break, 4 balls have to hit a cushion. The break will also be deemed a "fair break" if at least one colour is potted. Following the break shot, regardless of whether a player has potted a ball or not, the person breaking will nominate their choice of balls. If the player breaking pots a combination of balls, for instance a red and a yellow, they can simply nominate which ball set they wish to play. Further, if one red is potted, they can if they so choose, nominate yellows without having to pot. If a player fouls from the break, the right to nominate will be lost. This advantage will then pass to the opponent, who will receive two shots, the first of which will be a free table (NB: Note two ‘shots’ and not two “visits”. This is the only time in the frame where two shots do not carry following a foul.) With the first shot, the player can then play or pot whichever ball they wish (the exception being that one cannot pot the black) following which they then nominate their preferred set.

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The Rules of American Pool (8 Ball)

American pool is a game played with a cue ball and fifteen object balls, numbered 1 through 15. One player must pocket balls of the group numbered 1 through 7 (solid colours), while the other player has 9 through 15 (Stripes). The player pocketing their group of balls first and then legally pocketing the 8-Ball wins the game. When racking the balls, the balls are racked in a triangle at the foot of the table with the 8-ball in the centre of the triangle.

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