As per the myth saying, the origin of Billiards is
associated with sixteenth century pawn broker called William Kew. He just
put down three different balls and started pushing with a yard measurement
stick. Hence the game initially termed as Billyard as Bill Kew started
playing with a yard stick. Similarly, Cue was initially used to call as
Kew. But we are not going to past, we will start from few decades back.
Changes are major part of life and the game has also
changed a lot. Even in the past three to five decades, many changes have
been seen in the game. The era in India when Sir Wilson Jones and Michael
Ferreira ruled the world of green baize, they had more stress on In-offs
rather than potting, used to play in-offs, long Jennies, short Jennies,
cannons and in very odd situations they used to pot the red when almost no
other option left on the table. But now, in the era of Geet to Pankaj, the
game has moved from "D" to Spot. The game is now fast as the players are
building breaks on Top Table using pots and cannon at most, and now
in-offs are left for recovery shots only.
But this game has always maintained a class, and the
beautiful part which comes out from billiards is technique, style,
control, consistency and the most important concentration.
Billiards is a game of three balls, the red and two white
balls [now one white has changed into yellow]. The red is placed on the
spot a.k.a Black Spot in Snooker. Both the players get one
white ball which remains as their cue ball for their visits on the table.
In the opening shot, the first player plays from the "D" and remain on
table till he accomplishes as many legal shots with one red ball only.
During this visit, the second white ball remains with the other player and
he just wait for his turn. Once the visit of one player ends, the other
player starts from "D" with his hand ball i.e. cue ball and start playing as
many in-offs, cannons, pots whatever or simply we can say, as many as
legal shots and gets point for every legal shot. The points are summarized
In-off from Red – 3 points
In-off from white – 2 points
Cannon – 2 points
Red Pot – 3 points
White Pot – 2 points
In-off after Cannon in a single shot (if cue ball strikes red at first)
2+3 = 5
In-off after Cannon in a single shot (if cue ball strikes white at first)
2+2 = 4
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