Billiards / Snooker Table

The Standard Billiards Table has playing area 11’8½” x 5’10” within the cushion and height from the floor to the top of the cushion 2’9½”. There are pockets at each corner of table (two at the Spot end known as the top pockets and two at the Baulk end known as the bottom pockets) and one each at the middle of the longer sides (known as the centre pockets). The size of pocket should be as approved by Worlds Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.

Baulk-line and Baulk: A straight line drawn 29” from the face of the bottom cushion and parallel to it is called the Baulk-line and that line and the intervening space is termed the Baulk.

Pool Table

Table Bed Height: between 29 ¼ inches and 31 inches.
Playing Surface: The playing surface (area) must be rectangular, and symmetrical
Rail and Cushion: The rail width must be between 4 and 7 ½ inches including the rubber cushions.
Pocket Openings: Only rubber facings of minimum 1/16 to maximum ¼ inch thick may be used at pocket jaws.

Cloth: The cloth must be non-directional, nap-free billiard fabric which will not pill or fluff, composed of no less than 85% combed worsted wool and no more than 15% nylon.

Billiards / Snooker Cue

CUE is an equipment for playing the game of Billiards, Snooker, Pool or Carom Bole, and is because these games are categorized as Cue Sports. Cue is used to strike the striker ball or cue ball in these games. There are various types of cues available for Billiards and Snooker like One Piece, Centre Joint and Three Quarter but the best one is which suits the individual requirements. Generally length of cue is 58 inches. Weight from 17-18 ounces. Cues are completely made up of wood. The holding side of cue is termed as Butt and the striking side is known as Shaft. The top of shaft is covered with metal (nearly 1 cm. in length) termed as Ferrule. Basic function of Ferrule is to support Cue Tip. Cue tips are made up of Leather. These all comprises a Standard Billiards / Snooker CUE.

Pool Cue

Pool Cue: Cue Sticks used at WPA competitions should comply with the following during play at table:
  • Length of Cue: 40 inches (1.016m) minimum / No Maximum
  • Weight of Cue: No minimum / 25 oz. (708.75gm) maximum
  • Width of Tip: No minimum / 14mm maximum.
  • The cue tip may not be of a material that can scratch or damage the addressed ball. The cue tip on any stick must be composed of a piece of specially processed leather or other fibrous or pliable material that extends the natural line of the shaft end of the cue and contacts the cue ball when the shot is executed.
  • The ferrule of the cue stick, if of a metal material, may not be more than 1 inch (2.54 cm) in length.

Billiards Balls

The Balls should have a diameter of 21/16”. All balls should be of equally weighted. There are 3 balls in Billiards. Red termed as Object Ball, One White and One Yellow Ball. are used as cue ball for both the players. Mean to say, if first player has white as cue ball, the yellow ball remain as another object ball during first player's turn and in second players turn, the the position exactly opposite, the yellow becomes cue ball and white considered as another object ball.

Snooker Balls

In Snooker, Specification of the balls are same as in Billiards but the the game is played with 22 balls instead of three balls as in Billiards. In these twenty two balls, 15 Red balls with a point value of "1" each. Six different color balls i.e. Yellow, Green, Brown, Blue, Pink and Black with point values of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 respectively. And the last one, white which is cue ball.

Pool Balls

Pool Balls: Balls must be composed of cast phenolic resin plastic and measure 2¼ Inch in diameter and weigh 5½ to 6oz. Balls should be unpolished, and should also not be waxed. Balls should be cleaned with a towel or cloth free of dirt and dust, and may also be washed with soap and water. Balls contaminated with any slippery substance treated with a polishing or rubbing compound and/or waxed - must be cleansed and dew axed with a clean cloth moistened with diluted alcohol before play.
A complete set of pool balls consists of one white cue ball and fifteen color-coded, numbered object balls. The object balls are clearly and highly visibly numbered 1 through 15. Each object ball has its number printed twice, opposite each other, one of the two numbers upside down, black on a white round background. The object balls numbered 1 through 8 have solid colors as follows:
1=yellow, 2=blue, 3=red, 4=pink, 5=orange, 6=green, 7=maroon and 8=black. The object balls numbered 9 through 15 are white with a centered band of color as follows: 9=yellow, 10=blue, 11=red, 12=pink, 13=orange, 14=green, 15=maroon. The two printed numbers 6 and 9 are underscored.


Cue RESTS, long cues also known as butts & half-butts according to their length, extensions and adaptors may be used by players when they fall under difficult positions for cueing.  All extensions, adaptors and other devices to aid cueing must be of a design approved by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.