How To Play Billiards
Many people play billiards for entertainment, but to really enjoy it you must first learn how to play billiards. Billiards, also known as pool is a fun game that is played on a table covered with green felt. Billiards looks easy, but to master the game it takes a lot of practice and patience.
To play billiards you need:
- Billiard table
- Billiard cues
- Billiard balls
- Find a comfortable environment to learn how to play. Playing at a friend's house that has a pool table is always an option. You can also find a bar or a pool hall to play at. Just go wherever you feel most comfortable to start off learning how to play pool. You can always change up you location once you get the hang of the game.
- Rack the billiard balls. To begin playing billiards fill the rack with the billiard balls minus the white cue ball. Place the eight ball in the middle of the rack and then alternate the solid and striped balls around the rack to fill it up.
- Break the billiards rack to start the game. First, flip a coin to decide who breaks the rack. Then decide which balls, either the stripe or solid you will be attempting to sink for the rest of the game. If you don't sink any balls your opponent attempts to sink one of each of the balls. Whoever does this first decides which set of balls they want to play.
- Sink as many billiard balls as you can. As long as you keep sinking balls into the pocket you get to keep playing your turn. Once you miss a shot it is your opponent's turn to sink as many balls as they can into the pocket. If you are playing with a team mate you must alternate turns with your partner. Once your partner has taken a turn, then you can shoot. You will keep this rotation throughout the entire game.
- The eight ball is the last ball to shoot into the pocket. Once a team has shot all of their balls into the pocket, they must shot the eight ball into the pocket to win the game. If they miss this attempt the opponent shoots until they miss and you get another chance at the eight ball.