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Carom Bole Balls

The three standard balls in most carom billiards games consist of one white cue ball, a second yellow cue ball, and a third, red object ball. Historically, the second cue ball was white with red or black spots to differentiate it; both types of ball sets are permitted in tournament play. The balls are significantly larger and heavier than their pool or snooker counterparts, with a diameter of 61 to 61.5 millimeters (2.40 to 2.42 in), and a weight ranging between 205 and 220 grams (7.2 and 7.8 oz) with a typical weight of 210 g (7.5 oz).

Billiard balls have been made from many different materials throughout the history of the game, including clay, wood, ivory, plastics (including early formulations of celluloid, Bakelite, and crystallite, and more modern phenolic resin, polyester, and acrylic), and even steel.