Where Did Snooker Originate?

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The game of snooker originated in the United Kingdom, and it became an official game in the year 1927. Learn about the history of snooker with information from an experienced billiards player in this free video on recreational sports.

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Hi, my name's Joe, and I'm at Break Time Billiards in Wilmington, North Carolina. We're going to talk a little bit about the origination of snooker. It's a very popular game that's played in the U.K. and even in China. It's a fairly young game. It didn't come about until the 19th century, and it wasn't until about 1927 that it was an accepted game. In 1968, they had an organization -- the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Organization -- that set the rules on how to play the game and what the regulations are for. It's a fun game to play. It's a lot different than American billiards. You play it with 15 red balls and five numbered balls that go on different spots. You have to pocket a red ball before you're able to pocket a colored ball. The red balls count one point, the colored balls count the amount of points that each ball has on it. After you have made the colored ball, it re-spots, and then you have to make another red ball before you can, then again, shoot a colored ball. And that's the general rules for snooker. You lose points for certain fouls and things of this nature. And that's a little bit about the...where snooker originated, and a little bit about the rules on how to play a really fine game.

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