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Originated in India

Snooker is a cue sport that originated in 19th-century India among British officers stationed there. 1)

Played on table

It is played on a rectangular table covered with green baize cloth, with pockets in each of the four corners and in the middle of each of the long sides. 2)

Snooker balls

The game is played using a cue and 22 snooker balls, including a white cue ball and 21 object balls consisting of 15 reds, and six balls of different colors: yellow, green, brown, blue, pink, and black. 3)

The goal

The objective of the game is to score more points than your opponent by potting the balls in the designated pockets. 4)


Points are awarded for potting balls, with the most valuable balls being the reds and the least valuable being the colors. 5)

Hitting the ball

The player must also hit the ball that was last potted, or if no balls were potted, the ball must be played from the designated “D” area on the table. 6)

Fail to hit

If the player fails to pot a ball or commits a foul, the turn is passed to the opponent. 7)


The game is generally played to a fixed number of frames, with the winner being the player who wins the most frames. 8)

Professional sport

Snooker is a popular professional sport, with many high-profile tournaments being held around the world, including the World Snooker Championship and the UK Championship. 9)

World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association

The sport is governed by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), which was founded in 1968. 10)

Current world champion

The current world champion is Mark Selby, who won the title in 2021. 11)


The game has been won by players from many countries, including England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Canada, and China. 12)


The highest official break (a sequence of consecutive pots without committing a foul) in snooker is 147, which has been achieved by several players, including Steve Davis and Ronnie O'Sullivan. 13)

Not an Olympic sport

Snooker has been an Olympic sport on two occasions, in the 1966 World Games and the 1972 World Games. 14)

The game has been featured in many movies and television shows, including The Hustler, The Color of Money, and The Snooker Player. 15)

snooker.txt · Last modified: 2022/12/14 02:24 by aga