Types of Billiards

Billiards can be broken down into two main subtypes. The two being carom and pocket billiards. The main distinguishing factor between the two is the existence of pockets. In carom billiards, the tables are pocketless. Carom is commonly played with two cue balls and one object ball. What players do is that they try to shoot a cue ball so that it would hit both the opponent's cue ball and the object ball in just one shot. Then we can further subcategorized carom billiards into straight billiards, balkline and three cushion billiards.

On the other hand, the more popular pocket billiards are played by pocketing the balls according to the distinct order dictated by the game type. Different types of pocket billiards include the ever popular 8-ball and 9-ball, bank pool, snooker and straight pool. In the United States, pocket billiards are further classified into two: Pool and Pocket billiards.

First let's look at the types of carom billiards. The straight billiards, otherwise known as straight rail, is can be quite a feat to master. Players of straight billiards try to shoot his cue ball so that his cue ball will make contact with both the opponent's cue ball and the object ball, it is the classic carom. Balkline, on the other hand, is more difficult. The balkline refers to a parallel line drawn on one end of the table. The objective is to make a ball or two balls across the balkline. The three cushion billiards is a stylish game which combined some of the rules from balkline and straight billiards. In three cushion billiards the player needs to make contact with the other two balls on the table as well as three rail cushions.

For the types of pocket billiards, the 8-ball seems to be the most popular in the United States. Eight-ball is very common in bars. When you play 8-ball, you try to pocket all the balls of your chosen suit, either stripes or solid colored balls, until you pocket the 8-ball at the end. The 8-ball is the last ball that should be pocketed. Nine-ball meanwhile is a race to pocket the 9-ball. Only balls 1-9 are used in this game and balls are shot in sequence, from the lowest numbered ball to the highest one.


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