The Subtle Difference Between Billiards and Pool Tables

The fact that billiard seems to be a game we all think we can understand, just because they are based on a singular concept. Billiards, pool, and snooker are entirely different type of sports or games. Therefore, it is predictable and usual that the play surface including the paraphernalia and equipment utilized in the game is not the same. If you are watching a snooker championship and you figure out that there are dissimilarities in the tables from what you know as billiards, you are right. They are different in names, rules, execution, scoring, and of course, the size and shape of the table itself.

The differences between a Billiards Table, Pool Table and a Snooker Table might be distinguished through its appearance. At the same time, before pointing out the differences, billiards, in this case, refers to the carom version and that it is not a term to describe a traditional variation of the pools.

Furthermore, before a consumer decides whether they should purchase one of the three types of tables presented, they can also opt for a model that includes conversion tops which allows you to play two or more games.

Conversion tops constitute a cost-effective way to avoid spending more on several gaming tables as well as the best possible way to save space within the game room.

Billiards Table

Billiard is not just another type of pool, but rather constitutes the premise from which snooker and pool have evolved. As of such, billiard is not put to play on a standard pool table. This game has its specific surface for the play: a slightly larger table with no pockets.

The object of billiards (or carom billiards) consists of striking the object ball with a cue ball, hitting the rails exactly three times and then somehow contacting the second ball; there is no need and no function for pockets.

As one may observe, the standard dimensions of a billiard table are 9.3 feet by 4.7 feet, although in the US, the presence of models measuring 10 feet by 5 feet.

The balls utilized in billiards, they are slightly bigger in size (2-7/16 inches) as compared to the pool and extensively larger than the snooker ones.

On the other side, the weight of billiard balls and their pool counterparts are same.

The playing surface of the billiard table is covered in a fabric made from authentic worsted wool and is referred to as “baize”, rather than felt like in pool and snooker. From one rail to the other, the width surface of the play on the billiard table is approximately 112 inches by 56 inches.

Pool Table

This is the most ubiquitous table anyone can have it mistaken as a billiard’s table. The most distinctive difference between a Pool Table and the Billiard table comprises of the presence of the 6 pockets. There are 4 in each corner and 2 halfway on each of the rail’s long sides.

Meanwhile, with regards to the dimensions, the pool tables only differ just a bit. The common variations being: 9 feet, 8 feet, and 7 feet. 10 feet pool tables are quite rare in modern gaming, but can be found occasionally in traditional establishments with vintage ornaments. In addition to that, residential versions can be as tiny as 6 feet by 3 feet.

The pool table comes equipped with 15 object balls, a cue ball and a triangle rack that is used to arrange the balls before the match. The pool cues, compared to billiards, are a few inches longer and have a thinner tip.

Summer Ivy is a board and table game enthusiast. She enjoys chess, billiards, checkers, and a bit of writing in her spare time.

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