What is the difference between billiards and pool?
While the term "billiards" is appropriate to use when naming any game played on a billiards table, before laying out the rules of a pool game, let's quickly distinguish the difference between "billiards" and "pool" and thus, the objects of the games. Some die-hard pool and billiards players consider "billiards" to be "carom" games only, a carom being the act of hitting two balls with one stroke of a pool cue. Pool, on the other hand, is "pocket billiards": the act of hitting a ball into a pocket. Now, to be sure, pocket billiards takes on many forms, each differentiated largely by the number and size of balls used in play. Most traditional American pool games, though, such as the kind you'd play at the corner pub or in your own basement, are "8-ball pool" games played with 16 balls: 15 colored and one white "cue ball." Basic Rules of the Game
At the start of a pool game, players must "rack" the balls in a triangular pool rack; all balls must be touching. The first shot of the game is a "break shot": one player breaks the group of colored, or "object," balls by hitting the cue ball into the mass. Object balls come in both solid colors and stripes; during a game, one player will use the solid balls and the other will use the striped balls. Each player will take turns attempting to hit his group of balls into one of the six pockets on a standard pool table. During play, players are required to "call their shots," or announce which ball is intended for which hole at the time of a shot. A player's turn lasts until he does not shoot a ball into a pocket. Whichever player pockets all his balls first is the winner, though sinking the black 8-ball at any point in the game ends it; the player who pocketed it, before pocketing his remaining assigned balls, loses. * http://www.billiardsauthority.com/pool-tables/billiardspoolrulesarticle.cfm
The terms pool and billiards may or may not refer to the same game. Pocket billiards is usually referred to as pool, and covers many different games, the most common being straight pool, 8 ball, and 9 ball. English Billiards is never referred to as pool, and uses only 3 balls. Snooker is never referred to as pool or billiards, but is a form of billiards, and uses special table markings and 22 balls.
Pocket billiards is also called pool. There are different stories that describe why, but they all relate to the fact that pocket billiards and gambling went together dating back to at least 1700. In the US, the horse racing betting and billiard halls went together and some tie the term "pool" to these betting halls. There is no record of when pocket billiards really began being called pool. However, documents indicate it was not called…
Billiards is not common anymore (this refers to English Billiards and Carom Billiards, such as Three Cushion), but Pocket Billiards, or Pool, is very popular in many countries, most notably the US, and Snooker is very popular in UK. These are also popular in Canada, Australia, the Philippines, and Ireland, and less so in many other countries.
Pocket billiards is very often called pool. The reason is simple...back in the day, circa turn of the century, rooms for betting on the horses were extremely prevalent. The horse betting pools were such that these rooms were called pool rooms for short. Because pocket billiards became so popular with men of the day, pocket billiards tables were installed in most of these "horse betting pool" rooms. Rapidly.."pool room" became known as a room with…
Hello, I would like to place my viewpoint. The main objective is to strike the white cue ball with a pool cue in the direction of other object balls. The rules are very straight as to whichever player scores more points in the frame wins the points. If your hit is a foul then the other player gets penalty points. The difference between snooker and billiards are below: Billiards is played with three balls i.e…
Just look at your co-athletes How many in the pool hall look fit? Don't forget there is also weight training by lifting heavy beer bottles! Pool/Billiards Pool/billiards is not considered exercise to keep you fit, yet is can be a good stretch for your arms. Pool/Swimming Swimming is a great exercise and it is fun too.
John Quincy Adams had the first billiards table placed in the White House. Congress would not pay for it, so he paid for it himself. I do not know whether Adams' table had pockets. Pool and billiards are often used interchangeably, but some use billiards only to mean a pocketless game. The current pool table in the White House has pockets and was installed by George W. Bush.