Billiards has been popular for decades, in fact centuries. But it was a chap called John Thurston who really established the pastime as a mainstream activity for the hgm well-to-do, way back in the late 1700’s, and whom was responsible for the on-going development of various versions of the game ever since!
But what exactly is ‘billiards’…didn’t the British play snooker?. Many people in the UK think of billiards as the game of English Billiards which is played with a white, spot white and a red, where players get points for billiards (playing one ball off another or into the pocket) and straight pots. English Billiards is typically played on a 12ft snooker table with napped cloth and flat faced rubbers on the cushions.
However, the term ‘billiards’ can be used to describe hundreds of different ball games played on tables around the world. In effect it is a generic term for all forms of table games with balls and rubber cushions. And for reference, yes much of Britain became fanatical about snooker in the 1980’s, but it wasn’t until the mid 19th century that snooker was developed in the jewel of the British empire…India!
So, for the sake of this article, I’m going to be writing about ‘American’ style pool and ‘UK’ style pool and how they differ, what makes one game better than the other and so forth.