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Did you know that there are many different games that can be played on a billiards table? You didn’t really think the only game played was the famous eight-ball game of pool, did you?

We kid, we kid— it’s a common misconception. And we’ve got your back.

We’ve taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of 3 different types of billiard games you should know and their general rules— all for your future learning and playing pleasure. 

1. Carom 

This game is popularly known as Carom or Carambola, and the billiard tables used are typically pocketless. 

The point of this game is for players to show off their skills by effectively hitting their cue balls over their opponent’s cue ball, and directly into a specific object ball. 

One has to do this in one shot— and in doing so they get a point. 

This game has multiple variations, so players ultimately get to choose which one they’d like to play.

The most popular one is played upon a straight rail without extraneous scoring restrictions. 

On the other hand, another variation is the Balkline, which is characterized by its many restrictive rules in play. Playing this version of the game requires the players to divide the table into balk spaces (i.e. multiple preset areas). 

Yet another version of the carom game is the Artistic billiards, which is more entertainment-based than the other variations. In this one, players must perform a total of seventy-six different shots— all of which are set at different difficulty levels and number of points. 

2. Snooker

You’re gonna need a traditional billiards table with 6 pockets, one white cue ball, and 22 standard colored balls in order to play this one. 

The cue ball will be used as a striking ball against all the other balls.

This game is played by the players first pocketing a red ball, and then pocketing the rest of the numbered balls in ascending order.

Whenever a player pockets a ball, they earn points.

Every player is allowed to take as many consecutive shots possible, as long as they keep on pocketing the balls. 

However, sometimes a player ends up hitting the wrong balls, so it’s considered a foul. In this case, the opposing player earns a point. 

If a player strikes and pockets the white cue ball, that’s considered another foul. 

Fouls always earn the opponent points. 

3. One Pocket

The billiard table for this game should also have 6 pockets.

However, every player is only allowed to use one pocket at a time (hello, it’s the name of the game).

Every player is required to earn points in order to defeat the other players— this includes ensuring they pocket a specific ball into a chosen pocket. 

If one ends up pocketing the ball they’re aiming for into their opponent’s designated pocket, then the opponent gets a point and the former’s turn ends. (This is a foul)

After this occurrence, the balls are rearranged and the next person’s turn begins.

When a player commits a foul, the opposing player earns a point. However, if they foul three times in a row, they lose the game by default to the rest of the opponents. 

In this game, players don’t need to call out their specific shots, and there’s no designated way to arrange the balls.

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