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Snooker- A game that originated in India

Tuesday - May 8, 2018 9:24 am , Category : Fun Facts

Snooker compared to Billiards is a relatively new game that has fast become one of the nations most popular spectator and participation sports. Snooker is a cue sport which originated among British Army officers stationed in India.

The term 'snooker' was given to the game by Colonel Sir Neville Chamberlain in 1875 whilst serving in the Army. In the Officers' Mess at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, India. Snooker gained its own identity in 1884 when army officer Sir Neville Chamberlain (not the Prime Minister of that name), while stationed in Ooty, devised a set of rules that combined pyramid and life pool.

It is played on a rectangular table covered with a green cloth, or baize, with pockets at each of the four corners and in the middle of each long side. Using a cue and 22 coloured balls, players must strike the white ball (or "cue ball") to pot the remaining balls in the correct sequence, accumulating points for each pot. An individual game, or frame, is won by the player who scores the most points. A match is won when a player wins a predetermined number of frames.

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