How to Play the Game of Snooker

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Snooker is one of the world's most popular billiard games in the world because it's lots of fun to play and easy to learn! Snooker is played much like pool is on a felt-covered snooker table with 6 pockets, a set of billiard balls and a cue stick. If you like billiard games why not learn how to play?! Here's how you play snooker:

Firstly, you'll need to ensure that you have everything you need for the game. Snooker uses a set of blank coloured balls, called object balls. You first need to divide the balls into two piles, one the one side you need to lay the red balls, you can use any number between 10 - 15 red balls in there depending on how long you want to play a game. In the other pile put one ball of each of these colours into it: yellow, green, black, white, blue and brown.

The white ball will be your cue ball that you use to knock the other balls into the pockets. The other balls have a point value as follows: red (1), yellow (2), green (3), brown (4), blue (5), pink (6), and black (7).

Put the two piles of snooker balls into the middle of the snooker table similar to how you would for pool with the coloured balls on the one side, and the red balls on the other.

Flip a coin to see who goes first. the first player must then ensure that the white cue ball comes into contact with a red ball. If not, the other player tries.

The first player to make the cue ball come in contact with a red ball can earn points by pocketing a coloured ball and then a red ball in sequence. When he fails, the next player has to pocket a red ball followed by a coloured ball in that order. As long as there are red balls in play, all coloured balls must be put back on the table at the original starting point after the break.

Continue this game play as long as there are red balls on the table.

Now that the red balls have all been sunk into the snooker table's various pockets, players can then earn points by pocketing the coloured balls in ascending order. Its not necessary to replace all the sunk coloured balls during this round.

Now that all the coloured balls have been sunk, thats the end of the game. Now to tally up the scores and the player with the highest score wins!

Scoring: Players can score points in two ways: 1) By pocketing the correct target ball. 2) Or by earning points for opponents fouls. Some of the most common fouls are failing to contact the correct object ball, failing to contact a red ball at the break, and pocketing the wrong coloured ball or the cue ball. When a foul occurs the opponent is awarded 4-7 penalty points. Its the higher score between the point value of the legal object ball and the point value of the ball that was hit first.

The opponent must also give the other player the choice of playing as the striker or allowing the opponent to play. Game play continues from then on from there.

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This article was published on 2010/03/29