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Snooker For Beginners: Understanding Snooker Game

Snooker is played with 22 balls. There are 15 red balls, six balls of different colours and a white cue ball. Except the white ball, all other balls have certain points: red ball (1 point) , yellow (2), green (3), brown (4), pink (6) and black (7). Each snooker game is called frame.

Understanding snooker game

Snooker table differs from billiard table. Its length is 3,6 meters and width is 1,8 meters. Moreover, snooker balls are smaller than other billiard game balls. That’s why potting is more difficult than in other games. Players can use rest, spider, swan neck rest because the table is so big it makes difficult to reach the balls. As a rule in snooker; you must pot a red ball before pot the coloured balls. If you pot red balls, you can’t use these balls again.

Snooker is both the name of the game and the name given to a position in the game. One of the most frequently heard terms when watching snooker games is “safe stroke”. If snooker player doesn’t allow his opponent to play and pot consecutively, it is called break in snooker. Professional snooker players can reach high break points when they take control. That’s why the players try to take control of the table with safe strokes.

Ronnie O’Sullivan is the player who has scored most maximum break in the world. At the same time, the world’s fastest maximum break record belongs to Ronnie at the 1997 World Championships. After this record, he had the nickname “Rocket”. Although the game looks simple on tournaments, Snooker is actually a very tiring sport. If we think about some games lasting up to 8 hours, we can imagine how tired the players are both physically and mentally. It is imperative to wear a bow tie or a tie in a snooker game. Before the tournament, the rules about the clothes that should be worn at that tournament are explained. Stephen Maguire gets permission, so he is playing without bow tie in tournaments.

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