Cue Sports History

This Page is on Cue Sports History and is also known as Billiard sports and are a wide variety of games of skill generally played with a cue stick which is used to strike billiard balls, moving them around a cloth-covered billiards table bounded by rubber cushions.

There are three major subdivisions of games within cue sports:

  • Carom billiards, referring to games played on tables without pockets, typically 10 feet in length, including balkline and straight rail, cushion caroms, three-cushion billiards, artistic billiards and four-ball
  • Pool, covering numerous pocket billiards games generally played on six-pocket tables of 7-, 8-, or 9-foot length, including among others eight-ball (the world’s most widely played cue sport), nine-ball (the dominant professional game), ten-ball, straight pool (the formerly dominant pro game), one-pocket, and bank pool
  • Snooker and English billiards, games played on a billiards table with six pockets called a snooker table (which has dimensions just under 12 ft by 6 ft), that are classified entirely separately from pool based on a separate historical development, as well as a separate culture and terminology that characterize their play.

                    CAROM BILLIARDS                                          EIGHT & NINE BALL POOL                                                SNOOKER

Here’s a few great Clips and a Link from My suppliers at Peradon who also run Thurstons. They have the heritage room where many tables and older type balls and cues are on display plus cues from the greatest players of all time Joe Davis and pictures of all the Players including our own Australian legend Walter Lindrum.