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Pocket Pool


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The game of Pool can also be referred to as cue sports or billiards. The history of the cue sports goes way back as they have been played for many centuries by kings, gentle men and commoners. They started in the 15th century in Northern Europe and France. It was once an outside game but with time, it moved indoors where it was played on a wooden table. The table had a green cloth, which was used to give a grass effect. At the time, the balls were shoved rather than struck with wooden sticks that were known as maces.

The name billiards was adapted from the French word "billiard" that means one of the wooden sticks or "bille" that means ball. 


In the 1880's it was only played by nobles and royalty and was referred to as the "noble game of Billiards". With time, everyone could access the billiard. In the 1600, it became more popular. It was mentioned by Shakespeare in Cleopatra and Antony. After 75 years of existence, the first rulebook for billiards was published. Billiards evolved from croquet that was played by a huge mace that had a large head at its rear. The mace made playing difficult and this lead to the development of the cue stick in the 15th century.

Cue came from the word queue that means tail. The tail was used to hit the ball and that it is how the name came about. In the past, women were not permitted to use the mace while the men could use the cue freely. The reason for this was that women would tear the green cloth when they were playing the pool games. This was later abolished and females could use the cue sticks as they please.


The tables that were used for pool games had flat walls. These were used to prevent the ball from getting off the table. The tables were referred to as banks because they looked like riverbanks. Later it was discovered that the ball could actually bounce from the table and that is when the bank shot was discovered. This involved a cushion where the ball could bounce and not fall off the table. Billiards became more popular and with the industrial revolution where equipment that was used to play it was improved tremendously.


This is where the cue was modified to have tips. Chalk was also used to increase friction so that the cue stick can work better. In 1983, leather tips were developed. This allows the players to spin the balls on the side. It was first invented by Germans who introduced it to the rest of the world.




Game Controls:  Use the mouse to aim and hold down the mouse button to hit the balls. To turn off music, click the "music note" located at the bottom right of rules menu! 


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