‘Billiards’ and ‘pool’ are two words that are often interchanged because they refer to games played on similar-looking tables with a cue and balls. However, what many people may not realize is that they actually have different meanings—and some striking differences in table features!
In its original use, billiards refers to any type of cue sport, including carom billiards, pool, and snooker. On the other hand, pool specifically refers to a game played on a pool table.
Traditionally, billiards tables do not have pockets. As such, the various games are referred to as carom billiards, or pocketless billiards. In contrast, pool tables (or pocket billiards tables) have six pockets, including pockets in each corner and one in the middle of each long side.
While billiards can include both billiards games and pool games played on billiards tables and pool tables, pool games only refer to those played on a pool table. To discover other key differences between carom billiards and pool, please continue reviewing our infographic below.
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