8 interesting facts about billiards

Posted on Mar 12, 2022      179

Hardly anyone can say exactly when did this wonderful game originated. Some historians believe that the game appeared in Asia, and in Europe it came some time later. This game allows to developmental and physical abilities of man. After all, winning in billiards depends on accurate calculations, as well as the ability to give the ball a certain way of movement. Here are a few of the most interesting facts about the game:

1. A billiard professional’s cue extends his hand. A professional cue is very expensive, and can cost up to tens of thousands of dollars. But not only cue is the key to success but also other accessories, such as gloves, for example.

interesting facts about billiards

2. This game was the very first in which the world championship was created. The best players from around the world came to the tournament in the United States. First place was taken by the Frenchman Garnier. After that, the French for a long time were the best in this game. After a while, the second billiard tournament was held in New York, then took the lead Parisian Vigneault, for this he received the nickname “the great billiard matador”, after winning the tournament, Vigneault for another 30 years continued to show his talents in billiards.

3. the game has no age restrictions. Englishman Fred Davis won his first champion title in 1980. At that time, he was already 67 years old. And the youngest champion was 17-year-old Jimmy White, who received his championship title at the age of 17.

4. Steve Starr was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for his amazing trick with a billiard ball. He could swallow it and return it back. He was nicknamed “the vacuum cleaner man” for this skill.

5. Billiard table service life starts for 50 years. It requires only competent care. Recently at the auction was sold 100 years old billiard table, it played Mark Twain himself. The writer was a staunch admirer of the game. He claimed that billiards even influenced his character.

6. Tom Jefferson was an ardent fan of billiards. He owned his own billiard table in his home in Virginia. He was not even stopped by the prohibitions of this game; the punishment was up to 2 years in prison.

7. Billiards has not always been a table game. The first games were held on the lawn. Perhaps because of this, billiard tables are covered with green cloth. There may have been another color, but that color has really caught on.

8. You can often see the tip of the cue being rubbed with a special composition that resembles chalk. However, it is a little different from what we are accustomed to at school. Such a composition does not stain the table. It was developed in 1897. For its development, the billiard community should be grateful to billiard player William Spinks and chemist William Hoskins.