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www.thebilliardshop.com/history-of-pool-and-billiards

A Brief History of the Noble Game of Billiards (Pool, Snooker, English Billiards) by Mike Shamos, curator of The Billiards Archive, used with permission from the Billiard Congress of America – article outlines the first use of the cue stick and chalk, introduction of eight ball and other facts.

www.pooltables.com/history-of-pool

Eight-Ball was invented shortly after 1900; straight pool followed in 1910. Nine-ball seems to have developed around 1920. While the term "billiards" refers to all games played on a billiard table, with or without pockets, some people take billiards to mean carom games only and use pool for pocket games.

www.answers.com/Q/Who_invented_the_game_of_pool

Pool/billiards/snooker was invented during the 15th century in Northern Europe. The first recorded game of pool was invented by the British in 1775.

letsplaybilliards.com/when-was-pool-invented

You might be curious about it, asking questions like "When was pool invented?" Pool initially evolved from a lawn game that shared a lot of similarities with croquet. What we can consider the oldest ancestor of the modern game of pool started sometime during the 15th century in northern Europe as an outdoor game. However, it eventually moved ...

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Snooker is a pocket billiards game originated by British officers stationed in India during the 19th century, based on earlier pool games such as black pool and life pool. The name of the game became generalized to also describe one of its prime strategies: to " snooker " the opposing player by causing that player to foul or leave an opening to ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight-ball

Eight-ball (also spelled 8-ball or eightball, and sometimes called solids and stripes, spots and stripes of highs and lows) is a pool billiards played on a billiard table with six pockets, cue sticks, and sixteen billiard balls: a cue ball and fifteen object ball s. The object balls include seven solid-colored balls numbered 1 through 7, seven striped balls numbered 9 through 15, and the black ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pool_(cue_sports)

Pool is a classification of cue sports played on a table with six pockets along the rails, into which balls are deposited. Each specific pool game has its own name; some of the better-known include eight-ball, blackball, nine-ball, ten-ball, seven-ball, straight pool, one-pocket, and bank pool.. The generic term pocket billiards is sometimes also used, and favored by some pool-industry bodies ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Polo_(game)

Marco Polo was known as a water game in America by the 1960s. Between 1965 and 1970, some respondents to a Dictionary of American Regional English survey, when asked to name a game played in the water, responded with "Marco Polo." In modern times, Marco Polo is played worldwide.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_snooker

History of the game The beginning. In the 19th century, billiards was a popular pastime among the British Armed Forces stationed in India.Two of the most popular games were black pool and pyramid pool.Black pool is a gambling game which involved as many coloured balls as there were players along with a black ball.

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History of Pool Tables. Like many other sports, it's hard to pinpoint when and where the game of billiards originated. France, England and Persia are often mentioned as countries that possibly invented the game of pool, but each is debatable.