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The game on the green table

The game of billiards has a long and rich history, evolving from a lawn game similar to croquet and dating as far back as 1350.

Play began outdoors using a ball and a crooked still. Only later was it moved indoors, to a wooden table covered with green cloth simulating grass.

The cue and the other equipment became increasingly sophisticated during the industrial revolution. By the 1850s billiards had fully evolved into its current form.
The three disciplines of billiard sports - Carambole, Pool and Snooker - are derived from the same game but have developed separate identities, each creating its own set of rules.

All disciplines have three pieces of  equipment in common. The game is played on a table, with or without pockets, which is covered in cloth.  Each discipline uses a cue of varied length and balls of different colors. The skill lies in moving the balls around the table. Points are scored by either potting the balls or deflecting them off as many edges as possible.

Billiard sports are played on all continents, in more than 100 countries. The total number of registered players is estimated at over 100 million.
World Confederation of Billiard Sports
Information about the German Billiard Union


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