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Friday, March 4, 2011

Billiards

I learned how to play billiards while in school, ironically, while I was NOT in classes.  It is a sport recently becoming more and more popular in the Philippines especially after the continuous victories of international players Efren "Bata" Reyes and Francisco "Jango" Bustamante.  Their legendary wins prompted many Filipinos both young and old to play billiards.  There are three main types of billiards: carom billiards, pocket billiards (also known as pool), and snooker. Carom billiards is played with three balls, a cue ball and two object balls, on a pocketless table; scoring is by caroms only, i.e., by causing the cue ball to strike the object balls in specified ways. Pocket billiards is played with 15 object balls and a cue ball on a table with six pockets; the essential object of the game is to cause the object balls to enter the pockets. Snooker is similar to pocket billiards, except that it uses 21 object balls and smaller pockets.  In earlier days, it is considered as a man's sport since billiard tables are most oftenly found on bars and men's clubs.  Recently however, more women are involved with the game and in fact in fair competition with men.  It just takes a steady hand, strategy, and geometry familiarity in order to play this very enjoyable game. 

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