An important ingredient in the POT BLACK series is the snooker table. Television veiwers assume the snooker table has not altered in design or construction since the game was invented.
The billiards table, to give it its correct name, and its equipment, have slowly evolved inconstruction and design over a very long period of time. In Britain and the Commonwealth, there is now a tendency for players to call the tables ‘Snooker Tables’ and to purchase ‘Snooker table Cues’, and even to ask for ‘Snooker Chalk’.
Whilst Britain plays the game of ‘English billiards’ and ‘Snooker, most European countries play ‘Carambolage’ or Continental Billiards’ — the principal difference being that the Continental-style tables do not have any pockets and the game is entirely made up of a series of cannons, while the English snooker table has pockets at each corner and at the centre of each long side.
In the United States a large number of different games, all of which we generally refer to as ‘American Pool’, are played on pool tables which have pockets, but with a population of mixed European origin billiards follows the Continental style: tables without pockets.
A full-sized snooker table is twelve foot long, six foot wide and about thirty one inches high. The timbers most commonly used are mahogany, oak and walnut, and in the nineteenth century the bed of the table itself was also made of wood.
I am pleased to tell you that they are now made of slate. Once a snooker table has been set up it is easy for a fitter to do the snooker table recovering with the assurance that slate does not move as long as trhe slate bearers are supporting the middle of the slates correctly.
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