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Started by moto748 on Feb 21, 2021 10:24:44 PM
Cue sports in the US

Always surprised me that snooker does not appear to be popular in the US. Partly covid-related, there has been wall-to-wall UK TV ocverage of snooker tournaments (held behinf closed doors) in the last year or so. I just watched the final of a wonderful comp where the greatest player the game has ever seen, Ronnie O'Sullivan, was narrowly defeated by an unheralded rank outsider. They show pool here on Monday nights. I like pool, and have played pub league pool for years. But the skill levels of even the very best pool players are nothing compared to snooker players on a 12 foor by 6 foot table. There have been top Canadian players in the past, why has the game not caught inon the US?

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Samsonite - 22 Feb 2021 02:46:28 (#1 of 55)

snooker table also has smaller pockets than pool table .... it's a bit checkers and chess, baseball and cricket.

TheSwearingBear - 22 Feb 2021 04:09:59 (#2 of 55)

Pool pockets should be called buckets.

spartak - 22 Feb 2021 06:21:35 (#3 of 55)

You should try Russian billiards. The balls are huge and barely fit in the pockets. You have to hit it dead centre and not with pace. It’s crap.

TheSwearingBear - 22 Feb 2021 06:54:59 (#4 of 55)

Is it billiards? Just three balls?

spartak - 22 Feb 2021 07:00:12 (#5 of 55)

Just looked it up on Wikipedia. It’s called Russian Pyramid.

TheSwearingBear - 22 Feb 2021 07:33:45 (#6 of 55)

So not billiards.

TheSwearingBear - 22 Feb 2021 07:44:15 (#7 of 55)

My grandfather was a billiards player, he loved it. He claimed that he once beat Walter Lindrum.

I played snooker with him once and he said it was the first time he'd ever played the game. He thrashed me so I changed my opinion about what I should believe from him.

Arjuna - 22 Feb 2021 07:46:53 (#8 of 55)

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e
3/Russian_billiards_ball_at_a_corner_pocket.jpg


surprised that can go in

Tenesmus - 22 Feb 2021 07:56:38 (#9 of 55)

Perhaps snooker and billiards are seen as colonial games so they wanted their own, and came up with pool.

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moto748 - 22 Feb 2021 14:32:28 (#11 of 55)

And the other thing I wanted to know from American posters is that when people play 8 ball pool in bars and suchlike in the US, what rules do they play? I suppose the answer would be, it varies, but typically? After a foul, say, what happens? Two visits? A shot and visit? Play the cue ball from where it lands, or from 'hand' (behind the line)? The the UK most leagues are based on either 'World rules' (which allow a deliberate foul shot) and 'black ball rules' which don't.

Tenesmus - 22 Feb 2021 14:55:44 (#12 of 55)

About 10 minutes after we moved to the village, the pub got rid of the pool table they'd had for years... :-(

Agaliarept - 22 Feb 2021 15:41:28 (#13 of 55)

Play the cue ball from where it lands, or from 'hand'

In 9 ball I believe after a foul you can place the cue ball where ever you like but don't get two shots.

moto748 - 22 Feb 2021 15:47:21 (#14 of 55)

True. But I regard 9-ball as a bit of a Mickey Mouse game. I was really talking about 8-ball. But I think 9-ball is more popular in the US?

Agaliarept - 22 Feb 2021 15:52:58 (#15 of 55)

But I think 9-ball is more popular in the US?

I think so but I'm only basing that on films and one episode of Quantum Leap.

moto748 - 22 Feb 2021 15:54:56 (#16 of 55)

Yeah, The Color of Money...

Arjuna - 22 Feb 2021 16:01:57 (#17 of 55)

Do people watch pool on tv? it is a great bar game but I can't see how it compares to snooker to actually watch.

Agaliarept - 22 Feb 2021 16:08:21 (#18 of 55)

Do people watch pool on tv?

I have done yes.

but I can't see how it compares to snooker to actually watch.

Bout the same only quicker and with fewer balls.

moto748 - 22 Feb 2021 16:10:38 (#19 of 55)

I do, every Monday. It's interesting if you play the game yourself.

Arjuna - 22 Feb 2021 16:12:20 (#20 of 55)

I have always played pool but watched snooker

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