Pool, billiards and snooker were extremely popular games, with men flooding into halls to enjoy a game or two with their mates. The games continued to be popular after World War Two as people sought a cheap form of entertainment where they could practice their skills while also enjoying a beer and chatting to their friends.
Game tables were usually found in communal halls and it was not unusual to see people playing very fast games to try and get more bang for their buck because it was all done by timer.
Over the years, popularity for the games waned, but it recent years, they have seen a resurgence as men bought tables to put in their man caves.
On these pages, you will find information on famous players, the rules of the games and the history of how they came to be. You will also find information about the professional circuits and where they are played. People who play these games professionally are usually known to be quite pale, and the reason for this is that they constantly practice indoors and never get any sunshine. As they say, in these games, it is not about potting the balls, but controlling where they white cue ball goes after each shot. There is considerable skill involved, especially when playing on the larger snooker tables.
These days, there are not many snooker or pool halls in existence, but you can still find a table in pubs here and there, particularly in the UK, the US and Australia.