|Governing Body:||World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA)|
Pool also known as pocket billiards or pool billiards is a cue sport. It is played on a six-pocket table using a cue (stick) and a set of colored object balls. There are many variations of this game in which eight-ball pool, nine-ball pool, ten-ball pool, black ball pool and 14.1 continuous pool been most commonly played with each variation having its own set of rules.
In 8-ball pool and blackball pool, thereare 15 object balls in which those numbered 1 to 7 have different solid colours while balls numbered 9 to 15 are white with different coloured stripes and the 8-ball is solid black. Players of the 9-ball pool use nine of the numbered object balls in which 1 to 8 are solid coloured and the 9-ball is striped. In 14:1 continuous pool, the 15 object balls are numbered. The sport is also very popular in clubs and bars around the world.
To score maximum points by pocketing the balls in a predetermined set of order by following all the rules.
The game of pool is played by either individuals (one player each side) or by teams.
A six-pocket table is used in pool which has sizes ranging from 3.5 x 7 feet to 4.5 x 9 feet; it has its length and breadth in a ratio of 2:1. The slate bed of the pool table must be minimum 1 inch thick. The table has an escape tray which holds the pocketed balls in the order in which they went down.
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