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Interesting things about snooker history

Billiards has long been a familiar and widely loved sport in the world. In some countries, the snooker fan with this number is not inferior. However, have you ever wondered how Billiards was born? Join us to learn about the interesting things that swirl around the small ball in the article below.

Development history

Antique illustration of sports and exercises: Knurr and Spell

In Europe, people began to play billiards – an outdoor game on clay tables using marbles and sticks from the 13th century. There are records in 1469, which is 16 years after being taken by the Turks. Invasion, had billiard tables. However, it is not yet agreed which country billiards were first. Particularly in France, history books clearly stated: The first wooden billiard table from the time of King Louis 11; The author is Mr. Henri de Vigue played for the king to play.

Before King Louis ordered the table, this sport was mainly played outdoors, players would use their sticks in the shape of a golf club to hit the ball through a small iron frame, in front of which there were many. Obstacles are different, whoever overcomes all obstacles and hits the iron frame first will be the winner.

And since King Louis ordered that table, history has started to turn the page with billiards. People moved from outdoor to indoor and the sticks and frames were reduced to fit the size of the table.

In 1643, the Dutch landed in New York (originally named New Netherland) and introduced billiards here. Soon, billiard associations sprung up across South and North America. In Europe, from the 17th century, in Germany – Austria started to play billiards; In Northern Europe, billiards entered Denmark in 1766, and then to Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

To the east, it was the Dutch who occupied Indonesia in 1636 and brought billiards here. By 1560, Japan learned that billiards was brought by Dutch sailors. Today, Japan is the country with the most billiard clubs and has also produced many billiard champions. The head of the Japanese billiard association is Mr. Tsuneyoshi Takeda, a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Through historical periods, billiard gradually became more and more people turned to hitting balls in the hole and the curved stick to hit the balls was no longer suitable. As a result, many people have started to give up the old style stick and switch to the long, straight and small-headed stick that we today call muscle. With the change of its play style as well as its popularity no longer confined to the aristocracy, so many billiards clubs began to appear, along with many forms of competition. different match like American style pool, billiard carom, 8 ball pool, snooker, 9 ball pool …


Billiards have many different names between countries: Italians call this game biglia, the French then Bilhard, in Spain it is called Virlota and the British call it “Ball-yard”. Today the international name is Billiard.