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Is Pool and Billiards the same thing?


Pool or Billiards no matter what you call it it is one of the most amusing and some times most competitive non contact sport there is ” Well in my opinion anyway.”

I have loved pool for ever. My step dad is the one who actually introduced me to the game (sport) of pool, but I have never played competitively like on a professional level that is. I can get pretty competitive in a “Friendly” game though. Many do not think of pool as a sport yet others do. I refer to it as a sport because it meets the definition of a sport which is.

“An activity involving physical exertion and  skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Not that pool takes a lot of physical activity but you are using muscles to shoot the ball and walking around that table can be considered physical exertion as well. but pool takes a lot of mental skill.

I definitely don’t know all the ins and outs of the sport. There are several varieties of the game but I have to say my favorites are 8 Ball and 9 Ball. Yeah I keep it pretty simple. But there are many pool games other than 8 ball and 9 ball.

  • Snooker
  • Straight pool
  • Bank pool
  • One pocket
  • Cutthroat
  • speed pool

These are just a few examples. There are actually around twenty-five different pool games and each one has different rules and techniques,

I work with developmentally  disabled adults at a day program. Our main goal is to teach them life and work skill. now not that pool is a life or work skill, but we do have a pool table at our facility. one day I took it upon myself to teach a few of our clients the game and wow have they advanced. they actually caught on very well. Now I have to say that they do create their own rules now and then but they enjoy the game and that’s all that matters right?

Did you know that pool has been around since the 15th century? It started out as a lawn game. I wonder if that is why the felt on the tables is green. King Louis XI

had the first known indoor pool table. It was more a game for nobles. I wonder if there were pool sharks back in them days?

Can you imagine having to be wealthy to play pool?

If you have never played pool I suggest giving it a shot. No pun intended.

Depending on how in dept you want to get with this sport, it has many accessories other than just the table the balls and the Cue stick. Believe it or not they even make a pool glove. So your sweaty hands don’t effect your shot.

If you want to get into pull or already play the game/Sport you can check out some great accessories at the links below.






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