Neville Chamberlain came up with the idea of snooker in the late 19th century. He was playing a game of billiards when his opponent could not hit the shot he wanted to and Neville Chamberlain suddenly shouted out “snooker”. Chamberlain also made a comment about another player who missed a shot calling him “a real snooker” which referred to his lack of experience. From there, the exquisite, logical and composed game of snooker we have today was born.

Snooker is a game played by two or more players against each other. The aim is to defeat the other player by potting more balls to earn more points and subsequently win the game. Snooker involves using a white coloured ball which is known as a cue ball; this is used to strike other coloured balls with a cue stick. In snooker, there are red coloured balls which are worth 1 point and one coloured ball of each; yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black. The colourcd balls arc worth different points, the red ball is worth 1 point, yellow is worth 2, green is worth 3, brown is worth 4, blue is worth 5, pink is worth 6 and the black is the worth the highest by a staggering 7 points.

Alternate Text

What's the difference between Billiards, Pool and Snooker? In Layman’s terms,

  • Billiards is played on a table without pockets. The game only has three types of balls, which are red, white (with a spot), and another white one (without a spot).
  • Pool involves a table with six pockets. You need 15 balls, but some people play with just nine. Don’t forget the cue ball.
  • Snooker uses a table that has six pockets, but the table is generally larger than pool tables. However, the pockets of the snooker table, though, are smaller. You need 15 balls to play snooker. All these balls do not have a number but are all red. You also need six object balls, which are numbered, along with one cue ball.