Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pool

Category: Sport
Place: Pool club
          Bar
          House
Regular Budget (away): Game per hour: 3-8$
                                     Game per round: 0.5-1$
Optional Budget (home): Pool table: 1500-15000$
                                      Cue: 50-200$
                                      Cue holder: 10-200$
                                      Box of blue chalk: 5-10$
                                      Pool balls: 30-250$
                                      Rack: 3-120$


If you are looking for a sport where you don't have to move much, but rather depend on your brain and hand control skill and still have a fun time, then pool is a great sport for you!
A lot of people like to play pool and there are different game types you can play, like 8-ball, 9-ball, snooker (though you need a different table), etc. Even though not anyone plays pool well, it doesn't stop them from enjoying it and learning the basic rules and tricks is not hard.
The most common game of pool is 8-ball pool. The game starts by placing all the balls in a rack on one side of the table and then breaking them with the white ball, which is placed anywhere behind the line on the other side of the table. Then if the player who performed a break pots a ball, he continues to play and chooses which balls he will pot, but if he doesn't pot anything then his opponent has the turn. The goal is to pot all the balls and then end with the black one. Hitting your opponent's ball first, not hitting a ball at all or the ball not hitting the sides of the table is considered a foul and your opponent has a chance to place the white ball wherever he wants.
That's pretty much all you need to know about the rules of the game, now just learn the basics of holding the cue and hitting the balls and you are ready to play!
Pool is a great game, but also very expensive. Weather you want to play it at bars and clubs or have your own table at home, it's gonna cost you. So if you are willing to spend a few bucks on it, then go ahead and enjoy your new hobby, you might even get great at it. If you do, here's a list of trick shots you can perform to impress your friends or the passing strangers: http://www.trickshottim.com/



5 comments:

  1. I used to play a bit of pool back in High-School, good times

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    1. I just started playing it again with my friends.
      I have two diplomas and am level 2 ranked pool player.

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    2. heh, I never tried anything that's ranked though. Like I said, I played back in High-school... but I never said I was any good

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    3. Well to be honest, playing with friends for fun is much better than competing for a medal.

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  2. Great post! I do enjoy to play pool every once in a while. Can't say I'm good though. There is a bar close to where I live that has it, and to great thing is that they don't charge for it. However, I can't say that I have tried or witnessed anything ranked.

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