Snooker

We offer the only 12' Snooker Table in New England!

At The Billiards Café our Snooker table is 6'x12'
and is completely redone!

 

Please contact us for a reserved time or just stop in.

 

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The Snooker Ladder

The Snooker Ladder at the Billiards Cafe' is a way to learn snooker, meet new people, and shoot with players of similar ability. The ladder is simply an ordered list of players, based on matches won. The players with the most wins are at the top of the ladder, and those with the least are at the bottom. We currently have almost 40 players, of all skill levels, on the ladder.

 

You may challenge another player near you on the ladder to a snooker match, and if you win, your position on the ladder moves up, and then you can challenge a new range of stronger players. Similarly, if you lose, you move down the ladder, and can then challenge players of more similar skill. The goal is to get as high on the ladder as possible.

 

The ladder runs yearly, the cost is $20.00, and there are several prize categories. Snooker table time is 50% off for members playing matches. Players can play as much or as little as their schedule allows.

 

Send an email to snookerladder@gmail.com to join, or for more information.

 

Snooker - The Game

Snooker Balls

Snooker is a cue sport that is played on a large green baize-covered table with pockets in each of the four corners and in the middle of each of the long side cushions. A regular (full-size) table is 12’ × 6’ (3.7 m × 1.8 m). It is played using a cue and snooker balls: one white cue ball, 15 red balls worth one point each, and six balls of different colors: yellow (2 points), green (3), brown (4), blue (5), pink (6) and black (7). A player (or team) wins a frame (individual game) of snooker by scoring more points than the opponent(s), using the cue ball to pot the red and colored balls. A player wins a match when a certain number of frames have been won. Snooker, generally regarded as having been invented in India by British Army officers, is popular in many of the English-speaking and Commonwealth countries.

 

Snooker - The Equipment

Snooker Table Sizes

The official sizes are 10' (American) and 12' (British) foot tables. Snooker tables are sometimes referred to as English Pool tables. American Snooker tables use the same size slate as pool tables. British pool tables use 11/2"- 2" slate.

 

Snooker Pockets

Corner Pockets and side pockets are the same size and are significantly smaller than pool pockets. The ball enters the pocket after passing through a curved gateway, which is a continuation of the cushions. Unlike pool rails, pocket facings are not needed. American snooker tables have "V" (or pyramidal) shaped cushions. Stepped rubber or "L" shaped, is used more commonly on British tables. Both style cushions play about the same.

 

Snooker Balls

In most snooker games, 15 red balls PLUS 6 numbered balls with a value of 2 through 8 points and a cue ball are used. The table is marked with a "D" at the bottom (which is called the head end in pool). The rack of 15 red balls is placed at the top (foot end in pool). The numbered balls are placed on their particular spots and are returned to these spots after being pocketed or "potted".

 

Snooker Cues

Snooker cues can be 1, 2, 3, or 4 pieces. 1 and 2 piece cues are very similar to pool cues and some snooker players use pool cues. A 3 or 4 piece cue has an extender, which can be attached for longer shots due to the larger table sizes and avoiding use of the spider (bridge). Lengths are between 57" & 63" without the extensions. Shafts are usually made of ash. Snooker cues have smaller tips between 9.0 and 11mm. The accuracy of a smaller tip on a smaller (than pool) ball is necessary. The shafts are thinner. Snooker cues do not have the linen wrap pool cues have. They also have one flat face on butt to help the player orientate the stick for play.