Playing Pool Billiards Guide

This billiards guide is an easy to read explanation of the rules, the history and the instruments used in the game of pool. Simple to understand diagram pictures included.

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Let’s find some action. Why don’t we go knock the balls around? Want to go shoot the stick? These are all ways to invite a friend to indulge in a game of pool with you. Many enjoy billiard games as a casual social activity that is played just for fun. Playing pool is, by many, considered a serious sport. Then there are all the levels in between the two. I frequently find myself enjoying my evening, leisure time playing friends for fun. The game is easy to understand but hard to master, well at least for me. Billiard games are about precision and accuracy, and even though I lack both, I know I can never blame my equipment because of all the work that goes into the production of all the equipment needed to play pool. From the cue to the pool table, everything has changed through the years of billiards for the good. Better quality for a better game.

In this paper I will discuss all of the necessary equipment used in the game of pool. The pool table, all the balls, the racking triangle and the cue stick will be described, with a brief history of how they evolved. When choosing equipment to buy, the cue stick is the most personal. From the weight, to the grip to the quality, it can be a hard decision. This paper will explain all the components of a cue stick that make it hard to decide. I will also discuss some of the advertising involved in selling billiards equipment to the public.

The first pool table was made in the year 1470 for billiard games. Back in those days, they would put the hole right in the exact middle of the table. Then the players would shoot the balls into the hole. Eventually this was changed to the tables we now know today, most with 6 holes.(see attachment No. 1) There is one hole at each of the four corners of the rectangle table. Leaving two more holes which are each placed evenly in the middle of a rail, one on each long end of the table. Most tables have nets or a bag of some kind beneath the holes to catch the balls when they are hit into them. However, in the later part of the nineteenth century, a more convenient and profitable ball return was evolving. Tunnels attached to each of the holes were invented that the balls travel through to end up all in the same spot, in an area trapped in the right long side of the table. The tables with tunnels have a separate area for the cue ball to be retrieved from if it goes in a hole on the short end of the table. Profiting from this is easy for bars and other establishments. A catch mechanism stops the balls from falling until money is put into a slot on the side of the table. When you put your money in, the balls are released, and fall to a retrieval box located on the other short end of the table. Establishments don’t have to watch when a machine takes care of it for them.

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