Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Snooker Isn't Boring

Snooker is a funny old game. Unlike footballers or IronMen, you really don't need to be at the peak of fitness or cardiologically super. You just need to be able to use a stick to hit one ball against another.

Except, as with so many sports, an elegance and law of warfare has evolved in the sport.

If you don't know what 'Snooker' is, here are the basics:

A cue sport played on a baize covered table measuring  11 ft 81⁄2 in × 5 ft 10 in (3569 mm x 1778 mm), commonly referred to as 12 × 6 ft.

The game is played using a cue and 22 snooker balls: one white cue ball, 15 red balls worth one point each, and six balls of different colours: yellow (2 points), green (3), brown (4), blue (5), pink (6) and black (7).

The red balls are initially placed in a triangular formation, and the other coloured balls on marked positions on the table known as "spots".

Still from Media:Snooker break.ogg

The balls are then potted in order of points, one red, one colour, one red, another colour ball and so on.

Invented in India by British Army officers, it is popular in many of the English-speaking and Commonwealth countries, with top professional players attaining multi-million-pound career earnings from the game. The premier tournament in snooker is the World Championship, held annually in Sheffield, England.

The real beauty of the game can be seen here in this awesome video that had me clapping, gasping and smiling.




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