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After the first year of university me and my friends were looking for something to do in the evenings that didn't cost as much to do, and wouldn't leave us in the same sorry state we always woke up the next morning in. Yes I agree, drinking can be a lot of fun, but did we really need to be getting drunk every night, spending money that wasn't really ours (thank you loan company, although they have recently put the interest up to 4.84% so I'm only paying off £80 per year). One day whilst sitting in the cafeteria we decided to see if there was a sport that we all liked doing that we could perhaps do in our free time, weekends or evenings. We soon decided that anything physical was out of the question, we wanted a sport where we could converse and perhaps have a little cheeky pint while we were playing it.
A sudden spark of genius hit my friend Michael, he suggested we play pool. We all showed our signs of agreement with simple nods, although my friend Liam did yell a bit which scared us all slightly. We did a bit of research and decided we would play at Riley's. Riley's are a nationwide snooker and pool club who also have a bar and serve bar food, ideal.
We had all played pool before and were all actually pretty good, I had learnt from my dad and uncle whilst down by the coast where we went pretty much every week. We paid 4 pounds to become members for a year, a bargain considering a guest pays £3 every time, and had the choice of paying by the hour or unlimited at certain times, usually after 6pm, it was around £5 a table per hour and £12 for unlimited.
The game is played on a pool table, usually green in colour for English 8 ball with dimensions of H 41cm W 115cm L 192cm, this is a typical 6 foot table, although the game is sometimes played on a 7ft table. There are 6 pockets that the balls are potted into, one in each corner of the table, and two on either side half way up the table. The table also has a line around a foot from the top of the table with a small D coming off of it mid way along the width of the table. There is also a spot at the bottom of the table which is where the black is placed (the black is placed amongst the coloured balls ready for the break).
Each player will have a cue which will be hand picked by themselves, so there is no specific size. The end of the cue will be chalked in order to provide better grip on the ball when the shot is played.
14 coloured balls are needed, 7 of one colour and 7 of another which are the individual players balls they must pot. There will also be a black ball which needs to be potted after the 7 coloured balls in order for the player to win the game. The balls are potted by the use of the white ball, the white is usually slightly larger and heavier than the other balls so if it is potted the table can separate it from the coloured balls and will release it for another shot rather than holding it until a new game is played.
The Game -
The nature of pool means that it can be played pretty much anywhere, the space needed is around 5m by 4m, this allows for the table and space for the player to move around it when playing a shot.
Pool is predominantly a two person game, although it can be played in doubles. The idea of the game is for each player to pot their own coloured balls with the use of the white ball, after which they can pot the black ball to win the game. The coloured balls are usually red and yellow and combined with the black form a triangle which is broken at the start of the game.
In order to choose who breaks the participants often each place the white ball on the line near the top of the table, they can shoot the ball up the table off the top cushion, it is the player who can place the ball closest to the line that will break. The player who breaks must place the white behind the line and shoot the ball up and hit the triangle, the break is deemed 'legal' if at least 4 balls hit a cushion, if a ball is potted it is a 'fair break'. If the player pots a red ball, they are the reds, if they pot a yellow they are then the yellows, if they pot both they can then choose what they are. If however they pot the black straight off the break they automatically win the game, I've never actually done this myself but I have witnessed it, the idea is to hit slightly to the right of the top ball, this apparently causes the black to go off into the top pocket, I've yet to do it.
If a player pots a ball it is their go to shoot again, they continue until they either don't pot a ball or cause a foul. The following are all fouls within pool:
- If you shoot the white and it doesn't contact and other ball
- If the white hits a coloured ball that isn't yours or the black before you pot it
- If you pot the white
- If you pot a coloured ball that isn't yours
- If you handle a ball
- If you pot the black (You automatically lose the game)
- If you pot the black legally but the white goes in (lose game automatically)
If a player commits any of these fouls the other player gets two shots, unless of course they commit a foul during their go in which case you get two shots. The only time you only get one shot from a foul is if you are playing to pot the black, although this rule is played differently all over, some people still allow two shots on the black.
If the white is potted by accident the other player must play the shot from behind the line at the top of the table, and also shoot down the table, usually making sure the white ends up on the other side of the line. For those who play Pool casually and do not have a lot of skill it can be luck as t whether or not you win, ball placement isn't so important, whilst smashing the balls and hoping they go in is. Professional players can place the balls where they want them by using backward and forward spin on the white which will force it to land in a specific area ready to play the nest shot. I can not do this very well myself, I have kind of got the general idea but to place every shot it very difficult.
The game is very fun to play and is great for socializing, you don't have to concentrate very much and it's great to play with a beer and some curly fries covered in cheese on the side. The game can be played in pretty much any pub although the price per game will vary from around 50p to £1.50, therefore if you are serious about playing I suggest joining somewhere like Riley's. You don't have to be fit to play it and it wont get you fit which may put some off, but for a laugh it is great fun and anyone can pick up a cue and play.
Fitness factor - 3/10
Fun factor - 9/10
Social-ability - 9/10
Cost - 7/10
Although I'm not very good at either pool or snooker (which I think is slightly better, because of the larger table and the tactical skill needed), I still really really enjoy it. I find that the satisfaction of potting a really long shot, or putting just the right amount of spin on the ball to do the pot you've dreamed of, is extremely satisfying. Pool and snooker are both great games because they require no effort - so if you aren't exactly muscular, you can still win a game or two - unless you collapse whilst walking around the table. Hmmm, the disadvantages of pool...I suppose that being hit with a cue isn't a pleasant experience, and the balls make a loud sound if they hit the floor; you then get the humiliation of everyone in the room looking at you, whilst you pick up the ball, grin sheepishly and say, "Sorry.". I also think there's something quite sophisticated and elegant about pool, the way the ball glides into the pocket - or, in my case, the way the ball glides off the table and into the groin of my opponent. All in all, pool (and snooker, of course) are both extremely enjoyable games.
Pool is a great game that almost anyone can play, the table is usually 6 feet long by three feet wide, and at one end has a d shape similar to snooker and the other is where the pool balls are set up. In the english game there are red and yellow balls, 7 of each and 1 black ball. The object of the game been to pot all of your given or chosen colour and then pot the black to win. If the black is potted off the break, the breaker wins, if it is potted during the game the person potting it loses, in the event of a foul shot or an in off your opponent has 2 shots , in the case of an in off the first must be taken from within the d. The most disturbing thing about the game of pool is the differing prices around the country, in wales you can still play for 20p, in leeds 50-70p, in london £1 which i think is totally ridiculous. come on landlords, drop the prices or youll lose customers who want a game.
I started to play pool for my local pub about 12 years ago in the league, where we used to play home games and travel to other pubs in the league for away games. I just love the game but what is so disappointment is the league rules which change from year to year because the league committee did not want the game to go on to long beyond closing time. There are two league rules one for the Monday league and one on the Wednesday, and if you just popped down to the pub or your local snooker hall where they have a pool table and have a friendly game with a stranger he will ask you is it the house rules. House rules are normally the old rules the one with two shots after a foul. There are several rules if you count the league rules and all the different house rules. There should only be one set of rules for all of us.
When I lived in Glossop, I was going out with this boy, who was mad on playing pool. He used to go out with his mates at the weekends and play pool. I didn’t really know anything about the game, all I knew was it’s a bit like snooker, you have to knock balls in pockets. As I wasn’t seeing a lot of him, I suggested I go with him, and he could teach me how too play. He agreed to this, to his surprise I picked the game up really quick, and I was really good at it, and beat some of his mates, and him a few times. I still love playing pool, if I get the chance, pub games are really good, because you do tend to drink less, because you are so involved in the game. Pool is not just a game for men, woman can be good at it too. I think pool is probably the most popular pub game.
This sport is surely the best chance Mr normal has got to beat the best.I recently went to Cardiff to watch the world championship 9 ball.The atmosphere was so relaxed and the players even played frames against members of the audiance.I have played in the Welsh open championship 8 ball so i can play a bit,but these guys are something else,they can play shots that you or i couldnt dream of.Yet the marvel of this 9 ball game is,you could beat them in 1 frame.The only problem with 9 ball at present is the lack of tables,most are in the big clubs in town,but hopefuly in a couple of years this will change.Try 9 ball pool you never know you could beat the world champion one day.
I'm quite a dab hand at a game of pool although i wish it was as easy to win the pools. Pool is more of a laugh than snooker because you don't have to fuss over which colour ball's to be potted next. That's if you can pot the balls. It's much easier with either stripes or spots. I enjoy playing this game although i'm no champion, it's just funny when your opponent is doing brilliantly well and you think you're done for when he manages to pot the black and you win by default. Cruel but you can't help rubbing it in. Just take your time when aiming if it's half way down the board. Really it's all about where and how hard you hit the ball. If you're going to whack it though beware to warn others, unless you fancy giving them a clout behind the ear hole with the jack.
Pool is definatly the main topic of conversation in our house.. When he was 6 we bought our son a small snooker table,the one that looks like a pasting table,and folds up out of the way....well from that day on snooker/pool have been his life...there came a time about 12 years ago he had to make the choice between snooker and pool...he had been on the junior pool circuit with players like Ronnie O'Sullivan for about 6 years. He chose to concentrate on pool...after playing in countless tournaments and the county team for a few years he turned professional and joined the UK Tour, this is a tour that all the top pool players in the UK take part in,,they play matches over several weekends during the years..and players get ranking points for winning matches. you can also accrue ranking points by progressing in a variety of other tournaments as well. He has appeared on TV twice so far,and his ambition is to play for England,he has had trials for the squad,but as yet has not cracked it... At the moment he is ranked about number 17.needless to say we are very proud of him. The only real drawback,apart from the fact its not the healthiest atmosphere in a pool hall,is that its very expensive for him to travel and pay for accomodation at all the tournaments,the UK tour is mostly held at the Hilton chain of hotels,and although the rooms are subsidised,its still very expensive,so if anyone cares to sponsor a dedicated and talented pool player...let me know..:-))))) Luckily his girlfriend understands his love of pool..she is an England ladies player and captain of our county ladies team....:-))))
Pool, in my opinion, is by far greater than snooker. It requires less skill, less effort, less time, less precision potting and lower costs. Anyone can play this highly popular game and the rules can be pretty much make 'em up as you go along if you don't know them. The drawback in our local is they allow 8 year olds on to destroy the cues, mark the cloth, lose the chalk and spend half an hour playing a game that should take 10 minutes max. The price pretty much varies between areas - I've seen it as low as 20p in a village cricket club, and as high as £1.50 in a city centre pub! Anyone can learn to play pool, but it helps if you play snooker, as when you convert to using the smaller table the pots seem alot easier. A laugh a minute guaranteed, with pure snookers and fouls galore. Good for a laugh with your mates or for competitive play with the masters.
A bar without pool is like a pool without water! We all love it, it's a fantastic leveller, a superb bonder and all over fun. If you want to compete you find someone close to your level, then throw the cash down (always being wary of the Hustler(watch the film!))and play till your pockets empty. In the end of things you can always even off playing double or quits, or not, and stitch your mate for a couple of hundred quid. You can play with your girl, once anyway before she hits you for being better! But all in all it's a great drunken sport for the real outdoor man!!
I think pool is a very good game. The advantages it has is that everyone can play. You don't have to be particularly strong or fast, you can just play. It does require an element of skill, but you get that with practice. I would recommend playing pool to everyone, it is very addictive and doesn't cost too much. One tip, remember to chalk your cue often, otherwise the ball will go all over the place. Overall I think pool is a decent game, one for all the family.
The one thing I don't get about pool is why its called pool. Other than that, it's the classic pub game. Everyone knows how to play pool, even girls, in fact some of the most amusing times playing pool are watching girls trying to play - even more amusing is when a girl who can play comes along and thrashes your mate! There is a lot of fun to be had playing pool in a pub - the fact that you've all had a few pints tends to even the playing field, so anyone can win. You also seem to attempt more "interesting" shots when you've had a few! The only drawbacks are that * there is usually only one good cue * it's pretty expensive now, 50 or 60p ! * there is ALWAYS an argument over the rules (usually the "follow on" rules) * strangers try and muscle in on your games, and there's the whole "winner stays on" rule Other than that, every pub needs a pool table, along with a jukebox, a big screen and a bandit.
Pool tables are one of the most popular games in pubs. However, I happen to believe that it is one of the worst, there are two main reasons why pub pool is pretty pointless. Firstly, pool is only ever good for one of the players, the better at pool. The game is virtiualy one sided when two people of uneven skill play. But, if you do find someone of equal skill you may find it either frustrating that neither of you can pot a ball or that the game is over to quickly. The second reason why this game is so lame is that it is so boring. It is increadably repetitive with no highs of lows just knocking balls around a table.
The traditional pub game, with 14 balls split equally in two colours (normally yellow and red) with one black ball (the 8 ball). The object of the game is to pot all the balls of your designated colour and finish with the 8 ball, although some of the othe