Interesting facts about snooker


History and general playing objective

One of the safest sports throughout the world alongside pool, snooker is a game for two teams or two players. It is widely accepted to have had its origins in India. It shows influences from English billiards, which is a game using two cue balls and just one object ball. However, this is not where snooker descended from. Croquet is considered the original inspiration for snooker.

Croquet involves colored balls driven through hoops in the ground using a mallet. This makes it easy to see how croquet really is the inspiration behind snooker, which uses a table with pockets into which colored balls are driven using a cue.

When adopted for indoor play, snooker first involved balls propelled with a wooden head or curved metal called a mace, which was attached to the end of a narrow wooden handle. Because of how the size of a mace made it challenging to get accurate shots and play, a lot of people chose to turn the handle around and just use the narrow side for striking the ball.

That is how today’s cue sticks came to have their current design, which yields more efficient results.


General playing setup and various snooker trivia

Snooker involves the use of cues to drive some colored balls into pockets with the objective of getting the highest points. A cue ball is also used to pot or hit an object ball to get it into a pocket.

Doing this also involves shooting the object balls in order starting with a red one and then succeeded by another hue, and then on to bag consecutive points or a break. A red ball is worth a single point; a yellow one is two, a green ball is three, a brown ball four, a blue ball is five, a pink one six, and the black ball seven.

The highest break one can get has the black ball potted after the red one and then hitting the other colors with success one after the other. The maximum break is called a 147.

Both male and female competitions in snooker are held all over. That said, the world’s first recorded ‘female’ Snooker champ was actually a man. While Frances Anderson ruled the female snooker territory for around a quarter of a century by winning all the major tourneys in the female circuit, it was later discovered that the player was a male by the name of Orie Anderson.

This was only exposed during ‘her’ death when the undertaker at the mortuary discovered ‘she’ was a ‘he.’

Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry has been one of the game’s all-time greats. He used the same cue for all the major competitions he took part in. Hendry’s famous cue was brought out of a plane’s cargo hold in Thailand in pieces in 2003, and this left the player devastated considering how it was his second most famous cue to cause him problems.

He once had to pay thieves a hefty £10,000 ransom to get it back.


A snooker game can last for an indeterminate amount of time.

Dave Harold and Shaun Murphy played the longest ever single snooker game (frame) in Beijing during the 2008 China Open. It lasted for 93 minutes and 12 seconds. On the other hand, the shortest frame was only 3 minutes and was dominated by Tony Drago in 2009.

Drago was infamous for his quick breaks and for often getting penalized because he didn’t wait for all the balls to stop moving before moving on to make the next shot. While the oldest average age of any sports athlete is 35.6 years, it is the average age of a snooker player based on a 1990s research.

Cues and their tips have advanced alongside each other, with snooker players rubbing chalk on their cue tips to gain greater control of the cue ball. Surprisingly, the modern ‘chalk’ has no ‘chalk’ at all and actually comprises a variety of fine abrasives.

In all respects, the earliest recorded table for billiards was owned by King Louis XI of France in 1740. It had a large hole in the center and was constructed of stone. Amid its physical differences from modern snooker tables, that ancient contraption had a green felt covering similar to what is found in today’s snooker tables.

The early balls used in snooker had an ivory construction. However, in the 1920s, balls made of synthetic materials were introduced, with some containing a number of elements used in the manufacture of gunpowder, which gave them a tendency to explode when struck. Because of this, the balls were rapidly taken out of circulation.

Modern snooker balls are built using plastic or resin materials.


Uncommon play scenarios

A foul penalty is called when a red ball is missed, which leads to snookering the opponent and that results in what is called a ‘free ball.’

Foul shots by one player award points to the opponent. These include striking another color before the red, missing all the balls, and driving the cue ball into a pocket. A pocketed cue ball is typically referred to as ‘scratching.’ This is based on how a player’s points on the scoreboard acre literally ‘scratched’ by the opponent when the said player pots the cue ball into a pocket.

The ‘free ball’ rule enables the opponent to nominate a color to replace the red ball, pot it, and then pot a colored, such that if a free ball is nominated with all the reds on the table, a player can get a maximum of 155 points.

3 amazing RV destinations



Traveling with an RV is great because you get to enjoy the scenery while on the road and once you’ve arrived at the destination, you can take your time to relax and explore the area. So if you have your mind set on discovering new amazing places, I have some suggestions to make, and you’ll have all the reasons to thank me.

If anyone asked me, the Golden State deserves a year-round RV trip, but we all know that’s not possible unless your business is leisure. But you should at least go visit the Big Basin Redwoods State Park, near Boulder Creek, in Santa Cruz County.

The park is the oldest in the state of California, with more than 100 years of history. Its surface increased over time, and now it covers about 18000 acres of land. It’s also part of an ecoregion thanks to the ancient coast redwoods that expands south of San Francisco.

Besides the wonderful redwoods that will make you feel like you just took a leap in time or dwarfed overnight, there are other mixed species of trees and wildflowers, a variety of birds and lizards, black-tailed deer, squirrels coyotes, and even bobcats. You’ll be safe from grizzlies though; they’ve gone extinct in the area.

81 miles of trails is enough to get acquainted with the Waddell Creek as well as the surprising climate. You’ll get from damp, foggy coastal regions to dry peaks if you have the energy to go through all of that.

I enjoyed this place a lot, it gave me a really good vibe and really charged my batteries. Hope to see it again soon.

Going to Florida Caverns State Park is another experience I recommend. The surroundings are truly wonderful, and the caverns (yes, caverns in Florida) are unique, so take a guided tour to find out more about it and be prepared for a hot, wet visit.

Don’t forget to make time for hiking the trails around; there are some really great views to wallow in. You’ve got some opportunities for fun if you’re into hiking, biking, swimming or even kayaking because you can do all of that at the park.

Also on my list is the Badlands National Park. The Badlands stretch south and west from South Dakota’s Badlands National Park and I honestly chose the place because of the Terrence Malik movie. It seems the choice was great.

The austere landscape that looks like a totally different planet hosts 37 million years old fossil beds, undisturbed prairies and a surprising range of wild animals, from prairie dogs to foxes, bighorn sheep, and bisons.

You’ll have boardwalk trails through juniper forests, ladders and peaks and you can enjoy some really nice sunsets. It’s pretty intense and dramatic, and I hope you’ll like it.



How to buy darts for your new electronic dartboard.


If you’re a darts aficionado, the electronic dartboard is all the new rage! They’re fun, they’re safer, and they’re trending fast in pubs and bars. Many dart enthusiasts are now venturing on to these electronic boards.

In essence, this dartboard is a computer at the back end. The front face comprises of a dimpled surface that is structured to receive darts thrown at it. These boards come programmed with several games. They keep score by determining which part of the board the dart has hit and also determine misses. Most boards allow up to 8 players to be signed in per game.

The darts:

The darts for these “e-dartboards” are unique, in that, they aren’t sharp and metal tipped like conventional steel darts. They are soft-tipped with plastic, making them so much safer, especially for family environments. These soft-tipped darts are also much lighter than regular darts. According to regulations, these darts should not exceed a maximum weight of 20 grams.


Dart barrel types:

Now, just like there are a variety of materials to choose from, for metal darts, soft-tipped darts also come in different ranges and materials. Choice of dart material, grip, shape etc depend upon your level of experience and your affordability.

The most inexpensive soft-point darts would be brass darts. Brass is the lightest of the materials used for soft-tip darts. If you are a novice to dartboard games, in general, or if you are perfecting your game with electronic boards, these would be the darts best suited for you.

A slightly more durable dart barrel would be the nickel silver darts. They are almost as light as the brass ones, but they are tarnish resistant.

The more proficient dart players would opt for tungsten alloy darts. Tungsten is a dense metal that has high corrosion resistance. It is coupled with other materials for the barrel to make it more durable and strong. These darts typically weigh between 18 and 20 grams.

Dart shapes, tips, and grips:

The barrel of the dart comes in a variety of shapes for your convenience and gripping comfort. Those who seek a finger grip could opt for scalloped barrels, whilst those who want shorter barrels could opt for stubby darts. Grips come in a variety of forms such as dimples, cross hatched, knurled etc.

Though the flights or shafts of the darts may not break easily, the tip of the electronic dartboard darts are prone to wear and tear as they are made of plastic. These tips however are very inexpensive and can be ordered in a pack of 50-100 either online, or at a sporting goods store.




Why I like to play pool

Ever since I can remember, I was always the person to turn down competition. The fact that someone else could be better than me at something made me so mad I just couldn’t bear the idea, so I avoided everything that could have placed me in that humiliating position. This means I didn’t play sports, I didn’t enter school competition, and I had a hard time dealing with family game night.

But a few years ago my dad bought himself a pool table, placed it in the garage, and started spending long hours there, shooting by himself. I was definitely intrigued: what kind of satisfaction playing by yourself could bring? What sort of game is that and what’s the point? Finally, the curiosity broke my fear and I asked him to join. I then discovered a great sport that had a lot to teach me.

When you’re shooting at pool, you’re not just randomly pushing the ball around, hoping it will bounce into one of the pockets. Pool requires a certain mindset to control rather yourself and guide the ball where you want it to go. You can be playing against someone, but the primary connection is between you and your objective. I never thought I could reach such a concentration level while engaging in something so…fun.



Playing pool has brought me a lot of friends – I have begun entering different competitions – and what I like about it is that these friendships are based on a mutual respect for talent, technique and, in the end, fairness.

It’s also something you can easily do in different contexts: I already mentioned my dad’s garage, competitions, but there are pool tablets scattered all over this state: bars, sport pubs, sports centers, I even have one at work, for all employees to use at will. There are portable ones you can take on picnics and camping trips, and so on. For me, it’s an accessible distraction that revives both my body and my mind.

And yes, it can get competitive, and that’s just as great, because in the end all that competition makes you want to be better not than the adversary, but yourself.

But most of all, I like to play pool because it’s open to different set of rules that you can convene upon with your adversary. If you’re playing with your 12-year old cousin, you can leave aside the score and just enjoy the pleasure of shooting together.



How much should you spend for an electronic dart board

Socializing over a game is the best thing to do nowadays when we hardly have separate time for playing, meeting friends and partying. It surely lets you bond with your friends while displaying your special talents. A good quality dart board game will do this for you. What is better than a dependable and multiplayer electronic dart board?


So, if you are finally convinced to buy an electronic dart board, the next obvious step will be to select a good quality product that comes within your budget. You must be strictly aware with the various aspects of an electronic dart board and how much is enough to spend on it to enjoy a challenging darting bout in your buddies’ company.

You must also get acquainted about the features of dart boards, their material of construction to assess the price to help you make an intelligent purchase.

A few things any buying guide should contain:

  1. a1Player count allowed- more the number of players allowed, higher the price will go.
  2. Player score keeping options- if the score can be displayed for more number of players simultaneously, you need to spend more on such a model.
  3. Quality of LCD for scores- Some LCDs may be of so low quality that they may get cracked by a dart hit by the player. Check if the LCD is covered with a superior protective layer. It is going to increase the price.
  4. Storage and analysis of scorers- Whether the dartboard comes with option to store the scores of players. It will be an important factor to assess its price.
  5. Number of game options- If your chosen dart board provides a number of games, then be ready to pay more for your entertainment, but it will be a onetime investment for years of enjoyment.
  6. Size of the board- Bigger board will be costlier due to the count of electronic components on it.
  7. Quality and stability of darts- Just make sure that the dartboard manufacturer has not compromised on the dart quality to lower down the price of the unit.
  8. Accuracy of scores- Accuracy of scores is an essential aspect to keep the sportsman spirit alive, but you surely have to loosen your purse strings for the dependable quality.
  9. Number of surface holes to hold the targeted dart- It will directly impact the accuracy of your targets. It will definitely cost a bit more than the regular electronic dart board.


With all these points you will be able to evaluate the price of an electronic dart board against the features it holds. You should be ready to shell out anything between $10 and $100 to get an electronic dartboard home.

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