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Billiard Sports

Billiards sports represents the three sports of Pool, Carom and Snooker. 

Carom billiards, refers to games played on tables without pockets, typically 10 feet in length, including balk line and straight rail, cushion caroms, three-cushion billiards, artistic billiards and four-ball. 

Pool, covers numerous pocket billiards games generally played on six-pocket tables of 7, 8, or 9-foot length, including among others eight-ball (the world's most widely played cue sport), nine-ball (the dominant professional game), ten-ball, straight pool, one-pocket, and bank pool. 

Snooker and English billiards include games played on a billiards table with six pockets called a snooker tables. A separate culture and terminology from other cue sports characterize their play.

Quick Facts

  • A "Billiards" category encompassing pool, snooker and carom was featured in the 2005 World Games and in the 2006 Asian Games.
  • The three disciplines were assembled under one umbrella organisation in August 1990.


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