What is the difference between billiards, pool, and snooker?

Since we travel a lot and been to a lot of places, we met all types of people. We hang out at bars, drank beers and played a lot of bar games. Billiards and Pool are our favorite bar games ever! That is why I am kinda wondering what are the differences between these sports. I will also include Snooker which I am starting to play as well.

So, are there really big differences between Billiards, Pool and Snooker? Find out below!

To the people who do not understand the world of the pool table, there are three different types of games in this world. These three compile and create a singular cue sport that has more similarities than differences. Whatever said is not wrong until some point saying that all the games use the cue to strike the cue ball that hits the object balls. However, all of these games have a table that has different analogous characteristics. 

However, there are necessary points that need to be shown about the core game model that the three games share in common. The rules and the equipment used in the game used, the cue ball and the table, the games have their unique character. 

Billiards

The game of billiards in the UK is different as it has no pockets. The goal of this cue sport is to strike one of three object balls present along with the cue ball, after a minimum of three railings.

The table is typically 9.3 feet by 4.7 feet, the American tables are always 10 feet by 5 feet used in a different fashion. The player has to reach a predefined number of points by striking one of the three balls. This type of game in the billiards is known as the three cushions and the most known game by far.

There are different cue games that are played in the billiards tables like the straight rail, a simple version of the cushion game where the player has to hit only two types of object balls. 

The four-ball, a game that increases the number of object balls by 1. 

Pool 

The earliest reference to the game that is played nowadays in the pool, I.e. the cue games dates back to the 1800s. In the previous case, nobody could for certain say whether this game was inspired by the original billiards or the snooker. The fact is that a simplification of snooker can be seen in the pool games. The snooker has pockets, so does the pool table. The pool table is smaller than the snooker table. 

The most common game of pool is the 8-ball pool game, where there are 7 solid colored and 7 striped balls and the black 8-ball and the white cue ball. The standard dimension of the balls used in the pool is 2.25 inches and the game is played in a table that measures 9 feet by 4.5 feet. 

In this game, you need to use a pool cue to hit the balls. If you are interested to learn this game as well and want to buy a pool cue, just visit this website to get some high-end pool cues.

At the starting of the game, the balls are arranged using a triangle where all the balls are placed, the other thing is that the player arranges the balls and then using striking the cue at the first ball of the triangle, and attempts to pocket as many as balls possible in a single shot.

If he/she fails to pocket any of the balls at that time, then that player loses their turn and they have to the chance to their competitor. The next player then takes the shot. In an 8-ball pool game, if the black is pocketed before any other ball left in the game, then the player who pocketed the black ball loses the game immediately.

There is also a popular version of this game known as the 9-ball pool game. In this game, pocketing the lowest valued ball with the 8-ball wins you the game. 

Snooker 

The Snooker is the primary variation of the billiards that emerged in the world of cue sports and the first mention of this game can be dated back to the 16th century.

The historians are still confused as to whether or not this game originated from billiards or not. However, the similarities of the game cannot be ignored. The obvious differences that the game has are the rules, the design of the table, the size of the ball, and the pockets.

The game of snooker has 21 balls (measured 2 and 1/8 inches), the 15 of them are colored red and do not have any numbers, whereas the other six balls are called the object balls and have different colors. The main objective of the game in snooker is to score more points than the competitor by alternatively pocketing the red balls and the object balls. 

After the red balls are completely exhausted from the table, it is time for the players to pocket the object balls. The object balls are to be pocketed in a predefined order.

In the circumstances where the player is unable to touch a legal ball or pockets any ball else than the predefined one, it is called a fault shot. There are other rules that exist and include the complexity where other rules are taken into consideration. 

Same Same but Different

Same same but different. I heard this quote while we were in the Philippines this summer. A common phrase in Thai culture, it essentially means, “yeah, I mean, they are kind of the same, but also kind of different.” When comparing the U.S. and Korea, this quote could not be more perfect.

We have only been in Korea for three weeks, but already we are noticing how things are kind of like the U.S. And then the next moment, I find myself thinking, “Wow, I’m DEFINITELY not used to this.” Let me give you some “same same but different” examples.

Education: The first five minutes of the first day of school. Every teacher knows this can be a make or break moment. Well, my first five minutes were CHAOTIC. I’m talking kids running around the room and hitting each other. Immediately, I’m thinking, “What is going on? How am I supposed to survive this?” Okay, I admit, I can be a control freak, and this was a control freak’s worst nightmare. However, after the third week, I now have (almost) complete control. These kids aren’t very different from my students at home – they just need a little motivation to keep them engaged.

Korean students, however, have very high expectations placed on them. Most of them attend evening academies, or hagwans, until late at night. It’s not uncommon to see young students with their backpacks walking home at 10 pm! While my American students were expected to perform well, I have never before seen so many young students dedicate so many hours to their school work.

Driving: So, we caved and bought a car. My commute by bus would’ve taken nearly 2 hours, and it seemed like a sensible option. Admittedly, I was terrified to take the wheel here. As some of my friends here have said, stop lights, and lane dividers are more of a suggestion than a rule. Surprisingly though, driving hasn’t been THAT bad so far (knocking on wood…). Korea is a country that is always rapidly changing, and it’s been said that driving is much saner than ten years ago. And for now, it seems relatively smooth! Except for the occasional car parked perpendicular to a sidewalk or stopped in the middle of a lane with its emergency flashers on.

Food: I feel very grateful. I REALLY like Korean food. Not every expat here can say that. I love the spice and the flavors. I do, however, miss the variety that the U.S. has. I feel lucky to be from a place and also currently live in a place with excellent cuisine (in my opinion, at least!). But the most pleasant surprise so far? How delicious the school lunches are here! Back in the U.S., I would have to be pretty desperate to buy a school lunch. It actually saddens me to see what is served to our children in the USA! In Korea, the students get delicious, well-balanced, home-cooked meals, which is a delightful change.

Food and drink are an essential part of the culture here, just like it is in many countries. I have been very pleasantly caught off guard by the times and places meals are served. Today we had a teacher sports day. This basically means the teachers get to play a variety of games after school. I headed down to the gym to play a game of catch and watch some ping pong (P.S. the kids at my school are really, really, really good at ping pong). A feast in the gym’s lobby immediately followed sports day. Kimbap (Korean sushi), tempura, kimchi stews, fruit, dumpling soup, beer, and soju (a strong Korean liquor) were all being served. At 3 pm. In the school gym. With students wandering around us. Really emphasizing the latter part of “same same but different” here.

The People: Some of the best people I know are Americans. They are generous, kind, and selfless. I am beyond grateful for my family and friends back home. Korea is very similar. The people I have gotten to know here have gone above and beyond. But you want to know the big difference between Americans and Koreans? Korean new acquaintances/strangers will bend over backward to make sure you are taken care of.

A few anecdotal examples: A friend of mine was caught in a rainstorm and then ducked into the nearest Baskin and Robbins to dry off. A complete stranger handed her an umbrella. Her own umbrella. That she would need when she walked back out into the rain. Or how about when Kenny and I were in a cab, trying to unsuccessfully tell the driver how to get back to our orientation site. A lady walking by on the street popped her head into the cab and said, “Here, let me help him (the taxi driver) figure out how to get to where you need to go.” The people here are so generous and don’t even give it a second thought.

One thing remains consistently similar… no matter where I go. We all love to be in the company of natural beauty. In Yeosu, we are surrounded by stunning mountains. You can find multiple trails up each one of them. And on top, there is a guaranteed view of the sea. When it comes down to it, we’re really not all that different.

And We’re off!

Welcome to Teressa and John’s blog! The Laterrasse Palawan. As much as I like perusing blogs, I never thought I’d be one to write one. But hey, if no one reads it, at least we’ll have a place to review our memories!


As many of you know, John and I are headed to South Korea at the end of October. We will be living in a city called Yeosu, which is waaaay south.

After an initial Google search of the town, our excitement has grown by the day. We don’t know much about the position yet, except that we will both be teaching English at different elementary schools in Yeosu.

We have been asked a number of questions, so I thought I might address a few, just in case you were curious.


Q: Why did you leave your great jobs in Seattle to go abroad?
A: For those of you who know us well, we love to travel and teach. So why not combine the two?! South Korea has some great opportunities to continue our career abroad, so we jumped at the opportunity.


Q: How long will you be gone?
A: Our contract is for a year. After that, the world is our oyster!


Q: How will you afford to live over there?
A: Believe it or not, we aren’t taking a pay cut which is awesome


Q: Can we come to visit you?
A: YES, YES, YES! Seriously, Google Yeosu. It’s beautiful! There are islands, mountains and beaches. We can eat delicious foods (think spicy seafood!), go hiking/camping and go island hopping.

We hope to see you there.
We will do our best to keep this blog updated as much as possible. I am looking forward to staying in touch with all you beautiful people!

Bursting With Hometown Pride

We are back from vacation! What a fantastic trip, but it’s good to be back. We will give an update on Vietnam soon, but first, we have a more pressing issue to write about. Basically, we are bursting with hometown pride and want to shout it from the rooftops:

The Seattle Seahawks are the Super Bowl champions!!!

The Super Bowl aired on Monday morning for us, just as we were arriving to work. Luckily, we didn’t have any classes. So I logged on to my work computer, popped on my headphones and streamed the game online. Kenny was able to stream the game on the big screen in his classroom, accompanied by a loudspeaker system. If you know anything about Kenny, you know how enthusiastic he can be, mainly about sports. Upon our win, he was hooting and hollering so much that other teachers came by to see what the commotion was. He ended up running around the room, hugging them all. I can’t stop laughing when I think about this, and if you know him, I’m sure we are in similar company.

Since we weren’t able to fill up a plate of Super Bowl grub and pop open a cold beer, we were Facebooking and texting our family and friends back home, doing all that we could to connect with our hometown during this monumental moment. The game was incredible, but even more exciting was the Seattle energy. The pride. We really wish we could experience the magic that is happening there right now.

Kenny has lived away from this great city many times before and he has always said, “When you go away, you appreciate Seattle even more.” He was telling me this right before we moved and I didn’t quite get it yet. I have lived in the Seattle area for most of my life, and I was itching to leave and see the world. And here we are now. I love that we’re here. The experiences we are having, the people we’re meeting. It’s all making life more precious.

But the truth of the matter is, as much as I love it here in Korea, being away makes my love for Seattle grow stronger. The people, the funky restaurants/cafes/bars, access to the beautiful nature of the Pacific Northwest… it all contributes to that unwavering pride all of us Seattleites take with us, wherever we go in this world.

Seattle, you rock. It will be nice when we get to see your big, bad, beautiful self again!

For those of you who have been away from your hometown for some time, does your love for it grow stronger? Or do you have a different experience?