• Re: Pool table stats

    From KP KP@21:1/5 to t...@ecs.soton.ac.uk on Sat Nov 12 10:45:46 2022
    On Thursday, March 15, 1990 at 4:19:35 AM UTC-8, t...@ecs.soton.ac.uk wrote:
    Henrik writes:
    I hope this is accurate.

    The tables used in pool tournaments have a 254 x 127 centimeter playarea
    (1 inch is 2.54 centimeter).
    Which is 100" by 50" or 8'4" by 4'2". That makes sense.
    The pockets aren't exactly "huge" but they sure are bigger than snooker pockets.
    I guess the reason is that in pool it's not the potting that's so
    important, it's the strategy to develop the balls into a position
    such that you can (in 8-ball) get them all down in one visit or
    (in 9-ball) to get the 9-ball down. Doubles, plants and shots
    down the rail are so much easier than they are on a 12' by 6'
    snooker table where the pockets are smaller.
    Pool balls are 57 millimeter in diameter (or 54 mm if you have a small table).
    About 2.3", which I think is slightly larger than snooker balls.
    I was also trying to figure out whether the balls are denser, and
    thus heavier, as pool cues have bigger tips and thicker shafts
    than snooker cues. (When I say pool, I mean US Pool, not the
    cut-down version seen in pubs here in England).
    Carembole balls are a bit bigger, I think 61.5 mm is the standard match size.
    What the hell is carembole ???
    Has anyone a definitive list of all cue-sports. I would love to
    know all the variants of the game, when they were invented and
    when the rules were formed. Is it true snooker started in
    India with the British Army around 1850? What was the first
    cue-sport played - I know they used to use the butt end of
    the cue to strike the ball, sliding the flat part of the butt
    along the table.
    Tim Chown
    I like billiards.

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