The pool is a classification of cue games. It is a sport that is played on a table with six pockets along the rails of the pool table. These games are often referred to as the pocket billiards, and this term is favored by the pool industry.
There are many versions of pool tables games which are described as under;
Each pool tables game has its own rule and regulation, but all the types are observed by the same ruling authority body of the game that is WORLD POOL-BILLIARD ASSOCIATION (WPA).
They keep a regulation check on all the types of pool games, and they set the rules for each game. Now let’s see what these games are and how they are different from each other.
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All these games are played with the same three equipment. They are;
Cue sticks are long stick designed especially for the pool games. They are longer with smaller tips. The tips are regularly sharped before taking the shot. They are generally 58.5 inches (148.6cm) long.
The pool balls which are used in the pool games vary in size from 2.25 inches in diameter to 2.375 inches in diameter. The cue ball that is commonly white in color is usually larger and heavier and has a magnetic core.
The pool tables are of different sizes. They vary from 7 inches to 9 inches in length. They have six pockets attached to them. 4 pockets on each side while 2 pockets on the center on either side lengthwise.
These following foul rules are generally applied to every game of pool, and they are approved by the international world pool association. Following are the fouls,
Now as I mentioned earlier that the pool games have various types. All game types are derived from one another and somewhat have standard rules and regulations.
It is a pool game type which is often referred to as stripes and solid. Because of the balls which have numerical numbers on them and half of the balls have stripes on them.
It is so commonly played that the beginners sometimes don’t even know that the usual game they play which they refer as pool, is actually called eight balls. It has following main pointers.
The balls are usually colored as under:
The balls are placed in a triangular rack and set on the pool table. They are placed in such a way that the apex ball is on the footnote, and the rack is parallel to the end rail. Balls are in contact with each other.
Following mentioned objections are all fouls, and when they are made, the ball is placed on the table and opponent takes the turn.
It is a version of a pool game. It is a contemporary form of pool. In this game, the 9 number ball is not the shot ball, but any ball can be a pot at any time of the game.Rules:
It is played on a pool table with cue sticks and 10 balls. Each ball with a number on them. The balls are placed in a diamond-shaped rack and then placed on a pool table. Colors in them don’t matter. It has the following few rules that are different from the 8-ball.
It is typically a folk game. There are no set rules for the game. It is usually played with just three balls as per mentioned by the name of the game. It consists of;
The rule of this game is very simple. One player takes the shot and tries to pocket the three balls in as fewer shots as possible. When player no.1 is able to pocket all three balls, then the second player come forward, and again balls are set in the rack and placed on the pool table.
This goes on till all the players have played. The winner is the one who pocketed all the balls in fewer shots.Fouls:
Since the three-ball game is a different game than other pool games, it has its own fouls list.
As the name shows, it is a game in which only two pockets of the pool table are used. Unlike other pool table games, where balls can be pocketed in any pocket of the pool table, the players usually select their own pocket, and then they only pot the balls in that pocket.Fouls:
It should be noted that traditionally, one ball pool game is played without any rules of the foul. The international rules of foul play are applied sometimes. Those include;
It is a pool game in which all the scoring shot must be made by banking the called ball off the cushion and then into the pocket. It is usually played with a full rack of 15 balls. A player is declared a winner if he pockets the eight balls legally.