Billiards is a game of skill born in the 15th century during the reign of Louis XI.

At that time, it comes in the form of a table covered with sheets, and is played with a stick curved at the ends.

Today, the pool has evolved, and many variants have appeared, such as French billiards (carom) billiards English (8 Pool), the snooker, billiards Italian (variant of French billiards), the snooker, Russian billiard or snooker India.

Each variant has its own rules of the game

French billiards example, the table has no holes, the goal is not to pocket the balls, but to put them in contact with each other.

Here are some details on some variants of billiards.




The snooker also called "8 pool" is played on a table with 15 balls, 6 holes (7boules red, 7 yellow balls and one black ball).


Early in the game, players must pocket a ball in order to determine their respective colors.

Then everyone will try to pocket all the balls of the color assigned to it.

When a player has returned all his balls, he must to win the game, pocket the black ball.



The snooker is played on a table with 6 holes with 15 numbered balls and a cue ball.

Balls 1-8 are full, ie fully colored, while the balls 9-15 are circled, ie decorated with a band of color.


As for the snooker, players must first pocket a ball in order to determine their respective colors (solid or balls rimmed).

To win snooker must pocket all balls before your opponent.



Very different from English and American billiards, French billiards also called carambola, is played with only 3 balls (1 white ball, 1 red ball, 1 yellow ball) on a table without holes.


The goal is to get in contact with red and yellow balls using the white ball.

To win a game, the player must reach a certain number of points, determined by its level.



Another variant of billiards, snooker is played on a table with 6 holes 22 balls (1 white ball, 15 red balls and 6 balls of colors: yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black).

All balls do not have the same value: for example the red balls worth 1 point, while the pink ball is worth 5.


The aim of the game is to pocket the balls in a specific order.

Early in the game, the player starts pocketing a red ball will be followed by a color ball and so on.


8 Pool.: Synonym of snooker.

Elongation.: A term referring to an extension of exaggerated tail flick.

Bands.: Refers to the edges of the rubber pool table.

Carom.: Synonymous with French billiards.

Goal ball.: A term referring to the black ball.

Shock ball.: A term referring to the white ball.

Bezel ball.: When two balls are very close, which makes the pile easier.

Ball in hand.: Place the white ball in place is his choice after the lapse of an opponent.

Packet logs.: Refers 3 balls very close.

Mixed pool.: Indicates a pocket billiards with holes can be sealed to play carom.

Blouse.: Bringing the balls in the holes da pool table.

Bump.: Meeting between two balls unforeseen preventing the pile.

Pileup.: It's French carom billiards player touches the ball when No. 2 and No. 3 with the white ball.

Tile.: Refers to the total shutdown of the white ball in contact with the black ball.

Carrot.: In pool play or pull the carrot is the act of putting his opponent in an awkward position.

Sensitive.: Refers to the action of the triangle formed by breaking balls early in the game.

Easel.: Refers to the position of the hand on the billiard cloth to guide the tail.

Paste.: Refers to the position of a ball in contact with another ball or with the band.

Cons.: It's against when the white ball and the black ball collide twice.

Blow.: Refers to a stroke at a ball stuck to the tape.

Distance.: In French billiards, the distance is the number of points to score to win the game.

Pocket.: When you put a ball in a hole, it is said pocketed.

Arrow.: Refers to the upper part of the tail.

Hussarde play.: Refers to the act of playing a shot by having the tail in the back.

The D.: Refers to the area is put into play the white ball.

Petting.: Play gently to keep the balls in the package.

Piqué.: When performing a shot by tilting the tail.

Full.: Hit the ball in the center.

Pockets.: Refers to the holes on the pool table.

Push-all.: Giving a blow to two balls at the same time.

Queue.: Kind of cane to play billiards.

Retro.: Kick the technical name made back to the white ball into contact with the black ball.

Series.: Number of caroms made in part.

Snook.: Refers to the act of placing the cue ball behind another ball play before leaving his opponent. The objective is to prevent the opponent from playing one of his balls.

Talon barrel.: Refers to the lower part of the tail.

Triangle.: Allows you to collect the balls between them.