Chalk Color Balls Cue Cue Ball Rack Red Balls Rests 22' x 16' Snooker Table
Fifteen red balls are placed at one end of the table. Colored balls (yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black) are then placed at various spots throughout the table. Red balls are worth 1 point, while colored balls are worth: 2 for yellow, 3 for green, 4 for brown, 5 for blue, 6 for pink and 7 for black. Play starts with the first player hitting the cue ball with the intention of pocketing a red ball. If successful, the player can then attempt to pocket one of the colored balls. If pocketed, the points are added to the player's score, the ball is returned to its position and the player attempts to pocket another red ball. This pattern continues until a player fails to pocket an attempted ball, at which point the opponent takes a turn. The game proceeds like this until all red balls are off the table. Players then attempt to pocket the six colored balls, in order of increasing point value. Once the balls are pocketed, they remain off the table. When the table is clear, points are totaled and a winner of the frame is declared.
Snooker is played on a baize covered table. A player or team wins by scoring more points than the opponent. Points are made using the cue ball to pot the red and colored balls. Snooker is a billiards game, most popular in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Two players attempt to sink multi-colored balls that carry varying point totals. At the end of play, points are calculated and a winner is declared.
Billiards was first played in 15th century England, and has been a popular game throughout Europe and the United States ever since. Many styles and variations have been created using the same basic rules and equipment. Snooker was developed in the second half of the 19th century by British soldiers stationed in India. By the 1930's, the first professional leagues were formed and championships were held. After a long period of decline, the sport's popularity was revived by regular television broadcasts in the 1970's. This culminated with the massively watched 1978 World Championships. Today, snooker is the most popular billiards sport in the British Isles. It is also growing quickly in Asia, specifically in China.