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Introduction to Snooker by Tim Dunkley

Friday, June 22nd, 2012
This post is the first in a series by snooker expert, coach and writer Tim Dunkley. Tim will be talking us through all there is to know about snooker, with a few pro tips thrown in along the way – over to you Tim!

Introduction to snooker

SNOOKER is the most stressful, calming, maddening, rewarding, frustrating and exciting of games.

It’s played on a 12ft long by 6ft wide piece of hell on earth.

The trick is to make this difficult game as simple as possible. And that is hard. But we’ll give it a go.

How to play snooker

AT THE start of a frame, 15 red balls (worth one point each) are formed in a triangle. Six coloured balls are placed on their own spots: yellow (worth two points), green (three), brown (four), blue (five), pink (six) and black (seven).

The cue-ball is played from the semi-circle towards the reds. If a red is potted it stays in the pocket and that player can attempt any of the six colours. If a colour is potted it is put back on its spot. Then it’s back to a red and so on until a pot is missed and the second player steps forward.

When all the reds are in the pockets, the colours are potted in order from yellow to black but not re-spotted. The player who has the most points after the final black is potted or fouled is the winner.

A break is two or more scoring shots added together. So a red and black is a break of eight.

How to get started

MOST snooker clubs run Saturday or Sunday morning junior sessions for kids as young as seven. And they provide cues and coaching. Search the internet for your nearest one.

For older (and wiser?) players, pop into your nearest snooker club or working man’s club or Royal British Legion or Conservative club.

You don’t actually have to play a game. Experiment by knocking the cue-ball up and down the table over the spots. Does it travel in a straight line? Easier said than done.

Feeling adventurous? Line up all 21 reds and colours from the brown spot to the black spot. Start wherever you want and pot any ball to get position on any other ball. See how many you can sink before you miss.

Ask behind the bar for details of competitions. Every area has a social clubs league catering for all standards. You’ll be surprised at how well you fit in, even if your high break is only 16.

Coaching tips

A DECENT approach, stance and cue-action are so much more important for local league snooker players than for their pool counterparts. Snooker pockets are smaller and further away.

Step in on the line of the shot, take your cue-tip to the cue-ball, drop your chest and chin onto your cue and strike the centre of the cue-ball in a straight line.

Wow! That sounded easy.

But you’ll be amazed at how accurately you can strike an object ball if your pre-shot routine is grooved in.

Did you know?

SNOOKER players wear waistcoats because men used to dress in three-piece suits for dinner parties and would remove their jackets after they had eaten to play billiards.

World number 54 Michael White made a century break aged nine.

Neville Chamberlain (not the World War 2 prime minister) is thought to have invented the game in India, in 1875.

Useful websites

CHECK out the professional game and read the official rules of snooker at

About the writer

TIM Dunkley is a World Snooker coach, freelance writer and press officer for the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association. He is based at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club near Southampton.

Keep Those Pool & Snooker Balls Clean!

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Before I start let me just say that I am well aware of the the quite substantial possibilities for some double entendres here, but I shall politely decline. What I am going to talk about is the different ways you can ensure you keep your pool or snooker balls in tip-top condition, playing their best and ensure they last a lifetime.

Apart from the quality of the table and the cue the quality of the balls you are playing with is the next big thing that can really affect the quality of your game. When we sell a table with free accessories (as they all are!) or a set of balls, we do always try to remind our customers of the importance of maintaining their tables to get the most life out of them, and this includes the balls as well.

So what’s the best way to keep the balls clean an shiny?

Well the answer to that depends on your budget… We sell Aramith Billiard Ball Cleaner which is specially designed to be used with pool and snooker balls, is non-abrasive and won’t affect any of the compounds used in billiard ball manufacture. Coming in at a respectable £12.95 including free delivery this is an investment that’s well worth it.

However for the more professional amongst you we have automatic ball polishing machines (8 and 16 ball models available). These may be slightly over-kill for the home player but for commercial environments where customers demand the highest standards in table and ball quality these machines can save you in the long-term. These machines will automatically clean and polish the balls for you in a way which doesn’t deform the ball, ensuring not only beautifully polished balls, but also balls which play as well as when they were brand new!

So there we have it, there are many old wives tales circulating the Internet about the best way to clean your billiard balls, but these are the ways we here at Liberty Games suggest to our customers. Don’t forget if you have any questions at all about our ball cleaning products or any of our other pool table accessories just give on our our pool & snooker specialists a call free on 0800 612 8180.

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Even more BCE & Riley videos added

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

BCE Riley table sports tablesWe blogged the other day about uploading some videos on the extremely popular BCE / Riley brand of games tables, and if you enjoyed that then we’ve got some great news for you! We’ve got even more videos where they came from!

BCE videosWe’re showing off some more tables from their great space-saving folding range – a real bonus for those of you with limited space but who still want to enjoy the best that pool tables, foosball and air hockey have to offer. We’ve also got some great video of their multi game tables.

Don’t forget that behind Strikeworth BCE are one of the most popular manufacturers of games tables out there, so if you get a chance we’d recommend checking these videos out.

You can find videos on many other Liberty Games products on our video page.

As always if you have any questions about these tables please contact one of our games table specialists on 0800 612 8180.

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New video of BCE folding range of pool, snooker and football tables

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

BCE Games TablesWe’ve got some great news for those of you who like to see things in action on video before they buy (ok so maybe most people like to see them in action 1st!), we’ve just uploaded a bunch of new videos for the ever popular BCE / Riley range of folding games tables.

BCE Videos

These tables are always extremely popular, especially around Christmas as if you have more limited room for a games tables in your home or business then these tables allow you to conveniently store the table away when its not in use.

We do get a few questions about how the exact mechanism works in terms of folding the table down, which is something hopefully these videos can help answer! You’ll be able to see each table both in play, and being dis-assembled ready for storage so you can see how quick and easy it is for yourself!

Tables we have new videos for are:

We sell hundreds of these extremely popular tables every year, and luckily due to their relatively small size we can get these our right up until Christmas. However stocks have been known to run out so its always a good idea to order early to avoid disappointment!

As always if you have any questions regarding our range of BCE games tables or anything else please give one of the team a call on 0800 612 8180 and we’ll be happy to help.