Negosentro | 4 Top Reasons To Take Up Snooker | So many Australians love to get out and play a game of pool (also often called billiards) while enjoying a beer, or even just socialising at someone’s home that happens to have a pool table. It’s a great game that anyone can play, young or old, which is one of the things that makes it so popular.
Another fantastic billiards game that doesn’t quite seem to enjoy the same level of popularity as pool is snooker. While the games are similar in some respects, they are also quite different.
If you enjoy playing pool but figure you might like to try snooker and are not yet convinced, then here are some top reasons why you should give it a go.
#1 – It’s More Interesting Than Playing Pool
One of the reasons for this is that a traditional game of snooker has a scoring system, something that doesn’t exist in a regular game of pool. It’s a little more technical because of this scoring mechanism, but it also makes it infinitely more interesting to play.
There are 15 red balls and 7 coloured balls in snooker. Red balls are worth 1 point, while the points for the coloured balls vary. You can also score 4 points if the other player plays a foul shot. Before you can pot a coloured ball, you first need to sink a red ball. This is one of the components that make this game so much more interesting and the variables so much greater.
With the need to first pot a red ball before going for a coloured ball, it can create many scenarios where you can “snooker” your opponent and possibly force a foul or prevent them from scoring points.
#2 – Snooker Is More Challenging On Your Skills
What was mentioned in the previous section makes snooker a far more challenging game than 8 ball pool, for example. Another aspect of snooker that increases the challenge aspect for players is the size of the table. While most pool tables are relatively small in comparison, a genuine snooker table is much larger and measures 12 feet in length by 6 feet in width. A standard pool table is only 8 feet by 4 feet, so much smaller.
Snooker can be played on a smaller table but the game is a lot more fun on a full-size snooker table and it can take a while to work out the correct angles due to the longer distances.
#3 – People of All Ages Can Play
That’s right, despite the size of a snooker table, it’s still a game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, including kids and the elderly. That’s one of the really cool things about billiards of any kind, including snooker, is that it’s not a very physically demanding activity, so it can be enjoyed by everyone at any stage of life.
#4 – It’s Even More Fun If You Join a Snooker Club
Even though snooker may not be quite as popular overall as playing regular pool, fortunately, there are quite a number of snooker clubs around the country. Sydney, in particular, is home to many of them.
If you join a snooker club, you can learn the skills of the game from other players and also infinitely improve your own game by pitting your skills against more advanced players, as well as beginners. Once you reach a certain skill level and have a good grasp of the game, there will even be opportunities to play in snooker tournaments, all for a bit of fun, healthy competition and perhaps even a chance to win some prizes.
Search online for snooker clubs in your area. Some example searches are:
- Western Sydney snooker clubs
- How do I join a snooker club?
- How to find a snooker club
- Snooker clubs Western Sydney
Just substitute Western Sydney with your city, town or suburb and see what comes up. There’s bound to be a snooker club somewhere nearby.
If you enjoy playing 8 ball pool and are looking for something even more interesting and challenging, then consider trying your hand at playing snooker. It really is a lot of fun and the scoring system makes it a very intriguing game to play.