Pool Vs. Snooker Vs. Billiards

Pool, Snooker, and Billiards are cue sports which are played on a table having pockets. The main objective is to send the balls to the pockets. There are many differences between all the three which are as follows −


In snooker, 22 balls are used which include one cue ball, 15 red balls, Along with the table has one ball each of yellow, brown, blue, pink, black and green colors. In this sport, a player has to pot one red ball and one colored ball.

The winner is decided on the basis of the number of points. A player will score one point by potting the red ball. Then he has to shoot the colored ball from least valued ball to the most valued ball. The player has to shoot least valued ball first and then move to the next valued ball.


In Billiards, only three balls are used whose colors are white, yellow, and red. The white and yellow balls can be used as cue balls. Billiards is played either between two individuals or two teams. The players have to string in order to decide who will start the match.

Points are awarded through cannon, winning hazard, and losing hazard −

  • In cannon, the cue ball is hit in order to hit the other cue ball and then the red ball two points will be scored.

  • In winning hazard, a player has to pot the red ball and in this case three points are scored.

  • In losing hazard, a player can score in the following conditions −

    • If he hits another cue ball which hits the red ball and pot it three points will be scored.

    • If the red ball is hit first and then the other cue ball, then two points are scored.

    • If the other cue ball is hit and then the red ball and the red ball is not potted, two points are scored.

    • If the red and the other cue ball hit simultaneously, then two points are scored.


Pool has different variants and based on that number of balls are declared. In eight-ball pool there are 15 balls, in nine-ball pool, there are nine balls and in three-ball pool, there are three balls.

After the first shot (called break), the players have to choose whether to play with solid colored balls or striped colored balls. After potting either of the seven balls, the 8 ball has to be potted.

An individual can win if −

  • he pots the 8 ball legally after potting all the seven balls.
  • the opponent illegally pots the 8 ball.
  • 8 ball is knocked off the table.