Players such as Tom Dennis and Joe Davies helped snooker become the popular game it is today. Did you know; the multi million pound industry we see today started out as a mere £6,10s for the first prize money given to the winner of the World Snooker Championships.
Pool tables,on the other hand were becomung a common sight in America around the beginning of the 19th century having first been introduced by Europeon settlers and military officers playing billiards some two hundred years earlier.
The game of pool’s origins comes from pocket billiards, straight rail and fifteen ball pool. All these games were a common sight by 1870.
Straight rail was based on the game of Carambole and was played on a surface similar to a snooker table but with no pockets. The game of fifteen ball was played on tables not dissimilar to the American pool table, usually slightly smaller than a billiard table and with bigger pockets.
In fifteen ball pool, each ball has a numerical value which the player at the table scores when potting that ball. The total of the balls in the rack totalled 120, therefore the first player to 61 was the winner of the game. This was superseded in 1888 by the game of continuous pool were each ball scored one point and matches were played over several racks and the player potting the last ball of each rack would break the next one.
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