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Rules of Snooker Explained

English snooker is a popular cue sport played all around the world. The principles originated in the early 1900s from billiards rules.

This section will help beginners learn the basic rules of snooker game. Check out this simple version for all the match scoring tactics and equipment regulations.

Snooker Rules Simplified for Beginners

Officially, the United Kingdom founded the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) in 1970.

As a result, snooker is largely dominated by British players at professional and competition levels.

Even so, there has been a growing popularization of the sport in India and China in recent years.

The WPBSA has been the governing body of snooker rules UK since it revived the original English billiards rules in 1968.

First held in 1927, the Snooker World Championship is arguably the sport's pinnacle event. Moreover, it has now become one of the biggest sporting events of the calendar year.

The fact that snooker rules and regulations are also played in clubs and pubs by amateurs of all levels shows how popular the game has become.

Aim of Snooker Game

There is one simple aim when playing snooker rules. The objective is to score more snooker ball points than your opponent in each frame (an individual game unit).

Players achieve this goal by shooting the white cue ball at the other coloured balls in a set sequence with the aim of potting them in the table pockets.

Snooker Table Regulations

Snooker is a typical cue sport played on a rectangular shaped table. Professional snooker tables measure 12 feet long by six feet wide and almost 3 feet high.

The Rules of Snooker for BeginnersThe green baize-covered table is usually made of wood with a slate top. It contains six pockets to pot the balls into.

A table has four pockets located in each corner. There is another pocket situated in the middle of each of the long side cushions.

The baulk end (starting point) has a line across the width of the table twenty nine (29) inches from the baulk cushion.

The D marker gets located in the center of this line. It is an 11.5 inch-radius semi-circle using the baulk line as its diameter.

Equipment Rules for Snooker

There is minimal specialized and regulated equipment needed to play the game. A snooker set includes a cue and twenty two (22) hardened balls made from phenolic resin.

Snooker Ball Values: Colour Values

Rules for Snooker Colour Order

Snooker Cues

Snooker cues are most often made of wood cannot be less than 3 feet long. Modern cues follow a traditional and generally accepted shape and form.

Rules of Snooker Players

Snooker is usually played based on one player competing against another (singles). That said, doubles and team games are not uncommon. Players will play to the 'best of' a set number of frames, ranging from three up to 35 (for World Championships).

General Snooker Game Regulations

Scoring and Potting Order in Snooker Rules

Snooker Referees and Officials

The match referee shall be the sole judge of fair and unfair play. Referees are free to make a decision in the interests of fair play for any situation.

The officials are responsible for the proper conduct of the game. That is according to the codified WPBSA Official Rules Book for snooker.

Winning a Game of Snooker

The winner in a snooker competition is the player who wins more frames than his opponent. Winning a frame means scoring the most points in each particular frame.

A player with a lead of more points than those which are available on the table means the opponent will 'need snookers' to attempt a win.

If a frame gets tied then the players must play a black ball game and whoever pots the black gets declared the winner.

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