In doing a Google search to find the difference between pool and billiards, I found this. Ever since I played a game of pool (8-ball), I have always seemed to use those two words interchangeably.
Like, there would be times where I’d tell my friends by saying, “Let’s have a game of pool.” Other times, I would find myself asking, “You wanna play some billiards?”
Now, after reading what I saw on this page, I have a better understanding between pool vs. billiards. The difference is that pool is a variant of billiards. A game of snooker is under the billiards term as well. The names of bumper pool and carom would fall under the billiards category also. To use an analogy as an example, billiards is to fruit and pool is to apple.
Pool is a variant of billiards
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the real main difference between the two terms is that billiards is a blanket-term of pool. To say the word “billiards” is like putting the words snooker, carom, pool, bumper pool, etc. into one word.
Pool, on the other hand, would be in a league of its own under the billiards term: using only cue sticks, the table must have pockets, and there cannot be any pins or any objects in use. The most common forms of pool are 8-ball and 9-ball. This is also the most well-known form of pool.
To further explain my example of billiards, I will be going over another variant: snooker. The items with this game is different from pool. It consists one color of each ball: white, pink, black, blue, green, yellow, and brown. There would also be fifteen red balls to be played as well.
Another thing to note about playing snooker is that the table is wider where the playing surface measures at 11 feet 8.5 inches by 5 feet 10 inches for a standard full-size table.
Pool (only) games: 8-ball and 9-ball
Whenever you’re at a pool hall, pool bar, or a friend’s house, chances are you’re looking at a pool table that contains six pockets where the balls fall into. You’re also likely to find accessories such as cue sticks, a white cue ball, and sixteen numbered balls.
So, when you’re playing 8-ball and 9-ball, you’re playing a game of pool. Even though, I still find myself saying the word “billiards”, as it’s the wrong way of saying what these games are. What I should be saying is, “I’m playing pool.” It’s going to take me a while to change this habit.
The pool table measurements
The measurements of the pool table’s playing surface varies. The smallest (7 ft) table measures at 39 inches by 78 inches. A medium (8 ft) table measures at 44 inches by 88 inches. A large (9 ft) table measures at 50 inches by 100 inches.
An interesting thing to note is that the playing surface of the pool table is smaller than the snooker table where I’ve mentioned that the playing surface for the snooker table measures at 11 ft 8.5 inches.
What were your thoughts about reading this post on The Difference Between Billiards and Pool? Do you now see the difference between the two words? I would like to know your feedback. Please submit them in the comments section as I am eager to know about your thoughts. Thanks.
To your billiards/pool/gaming enjoyment,