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Questions tagged [snooker]

For questions about the game of snooker, a cue or billiards sport of English-Indian origin. Questions that are about a snooker situation, where a player has no direct legal shot, should be tagged only for the actual game.

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Why not use a snooker cue on a standard pool table?

What are the benefits or drawbacks of using a snooker cue rather than a standard cue on a regular pool table?
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Has anyone hit the wrong color ball in an important snooker match?

I have been watching snooker for a few months now and I have never seen a player hit the wrong type of ball. Personally, I often get confused and forget which type the player is on (color or red) and ...
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Penalty for interfering with the path of the cue ball?

In snooker, what is the penalty for interfering with the path of the cue ball? I assume it must be more than 7 points because let's say a player hits a shot and he sees the cue ball heading for the ...
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Why do snooker breaks show more ball activity than decades ago?

While watching old snooker matches, like the famous Higgins vs White match in 1982, I notice that the breaks seem to be like straight pool breaks, with just the corner balls moving. Ideally, the two ...
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Why can't player's nudge balls indefinitely in snooker? [duplicate]

Below is a position from a match between O'Sullivan and Hendry. Hendry has just nudged the cue ball into the pack of reds. Obviously O'Sullivan could just do the same thing, hitting the cue ball into ...
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What prevents players from nursing the balls in snooker?

In straight pool there is a rule to prevent nursing, which means nudging a ball to the rail as a safety. Without this rule players could spend hours just playing one safety after another nursing balls ...
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Why not open up the table when it is snooker-friendly?

Below is shown a position from the famous Fu-Day game of snooker in which Day achieved four snookers. This was aided by the snooker-friendly condition of the balls in a cluster at the end of the table,...
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Can a player re-spot a color ball even if the referee intends to do so?

I was just watching a UK Championship game and came across a rare incident. Mark Williams potted the yellow after the last red. The referee should have re-spotted the yellow, but he forgot. Then ...
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Is chalking a snooker/pool stick a recent habit?

I was watching this video from 1987, so I wonder if chalking the stick is a recent discovery that they didn't know about back then? Jimmy is drinking beer and frustrated but John is shooting very ...
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Why do players walk off in snooker without any outward display of emotions or celebration?

Like golf, I feel snooker has a reserved body language and sportmanship to it. Excluding dynamic personalities like Ronnie O'Sullivan I feel the game has this sense of respect. When players get 147 ...
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When attempting a side or top curve spin in snooker do you need to adjust the aim of the shot?

I'm trying to get my head round this. I'm practicing positioning shots. If I want to hit the cue ball on the side, top, bottom etc do I need to aim slightly off for example hitting an angle to ...
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Has a player ever obtained a 147 via two breaks?

Suppose John starts a break and gets red-black combinations to a reasonable score, then misses red. Paul takes his shot next but misses straight away, scoring nothing. John takes his next break and ...
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Does one have to hit a cushion during a break in snooker?

I was wondering during the break in a snooker game can I simple strike the cue softly and just touch the reds. Or do I have to hit the cue ball and make sure it rebounds and hits a cushion? I just ...
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Is potting 1 ball in a turn a break in snooker?

I am confused about what counts as a break in snooker. The official rules have the following paragraph: Break A break is a number of pots in successive strokes made in any one turn by a player ...
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What constitutes a legal safety shot in 8-ball pool?

In a recent friendly game, I successfully snookered my opponent between the rail and one of my balls. To achieve this, I played the cue ball off a single rail and ended up touching my own ball before ...
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What's the average weight of a professional's Cue stick?

As I have observed my Cue action is better with a heavier stick but I kind of feel good with a relatively lighter one. What's the average weight of a professional's Cue stick as I'm in early stages ...
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How many 147 were made in a decider frame

I am curious to know how many times maximum breaks were scored in a decider frame. I remember one from Ronnie but don't remember the opponent. Were there any more records like this?
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Why isn't a foul on the red at least 8 points in Snooker, when playing on a colour?

This is a question that has confused me for a while. If a player fouls and pots the red when playing on a colour, their opponent gets 4 points, but they have taken a possible 8 points off of the table....
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Snooker fouls before tv

When a foul occurs in snooker, they use "instant replay" or whatever to put the balls back in their original position if the opponent wants the shooter to try again. How did they do this before TV? I ...
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Starting a social pool club at work

I work for a large company with a good social focus. I'm thinking of starting a weekly pool club for the interested. I've found a decent venue where we can go to have an informal get together, but ...
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Is it easy to learn how to use an American pool cue if you're a snooker player?

The only cue sports I have good experience of are Snooker and British pool. For these cue sports one usually play with a 9mm tip. Even though American pool balls are slightly bigger and heavier than ...
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What happened in the Tony Drago vs. Alan McManus 2012 German Masters?

The situation I’m referring to can be seen in the following YouTube video: Tony Drago goes mad. German Masters Q v Alan McManus Starting around the 4:50 mark in the video, an exchange between the ...
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Is there a way to practice Snooker cue action at home?

I'm wondering what kind of snooker practice can be done at home alone! Cause I have a cue & I just trying to get a nice stance & grip & I don't how can I improve cue action at home with ...
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What do different properties of a snooker cue affect?

For example: Is there any difference, playing wise, between a centre jointed cue and a 3/4 jointed cue? I would have thought that the only difference would be that a centre jointed cue is more ...
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Please explain confusing situation in 2009 UK Championship O’Sullivan vs. Higgins

The situation in question is recorded in this video: UK Championship 2009 Day 8. OSullivan — Higgins. Frame 13, weird situation My questions are: Starting at 1:40 in the video, what is the ...
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How can I be consistent in Snooker?

I've been playing Snooker for more than 4 months. Sometimes I can pull some decent performance off, other times I find myself struggling even with the simplest shots. It is like one day I can see ...
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Can a player enter the top 16 for the following season if he wins a world championship?

Due to Ronnie O'Sullivan's absence in almost all snooker tournaments through the 2012-2013 season, he dropped out the top 16 for the next season. But since he won the 2013 World Championship, will he ...
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What was the fastest 147 break before Ronnie O'Sullivan?

In the 1997 World Championship of Snooker, Ronnie O'Sullivan recorded the fastest maximum break in a time of 5 mins and 20 seconds. However, who was the record-holder and with what time before O'...
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Is it common among hobby-snooker-players to play for money?

Snooker is a very popular game in Great Britain and Ireland. Most Top-Players come from these Isles. Nearly 90% probably. I don't know the history of this sport, on TV it looks a bit elitist, fine ...