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Play Snooker At Rileys

We welcome all playing levels, so whether you’re a first-timer or want to get back on the old green baize, Rileys is the place for you. 

Snooker can be played for the simple enjoyment or at a competitive level.. Our tables attract players of different abilities, so beginners might learn a thing or two under our roof!  Snooker is weatherproof, non-contact and indoors – so no broken bones, pulled muscles or muddy waters here!

The true beauty of the game is in its patience and once you get playing you’ll be hooked forever. As with any skill, practice makes perfect and we often see the world’s best players fine tune their game at Rileys.

How to play…

You start by having fifteen red balls racked up in a nice triangular form, pot one of those and you’re up and running.

After one red has been potted, you have an option to pot a coloured ball. There are six of these ranging from a yellow worth two points, up to a black worth seven. Pot one of these and you’re back onto a red.

Do this roughly fifteen times without missing and we recommend you get yourself an agent and turn pro! But if you do miss potting either a red or a coloured it’s your mates turn on the table.

If you have any questions about how to play, our friendly staff will be on hand to answer any questions.

The Basics…

1. Set up the table as per the picture

Snooker Pool Rack

2. The Break – Player A must place the white ball in the D and hit the pack of reds; this is the start of the frame.

3. After the break, player B must try and pot a red ball. If player B pots a red ball, player B must then attempt to pot a colour ball. Points are then built up by potting a red followed by a colour of the player’s choice (the colour must be placed back on its original spot after it has been potted). When player B fails to pot, it is now player A’s turn.

4. The point’s value of each score is as follows:

a. 1 point = Red

b. 2 points = Yellow

c. 3 points = Green

d. 4 points = Brown

e. 5 points = Blue

f. 6 points = Pink

g. 7 points = Black

5. Players A & B continue to take turns until the table is cleared or until one of the players is too far in front to be caught and the other player concedes the frame.

6. When all 15 reds have been potted, the colours must then be potted in order of value – lowest first.

7. You can also win points if your opponent commits a foul, these include;

a. Hitting/potting a ball which you are not supposed to hit or missing all balls on table

b. A ball jumping off the table

c. Potting the white ball

8. The value of a foul is -4 points, but if you foul on a higher value ball then the value of the foul is the value of that ball. E.G. pink is six points so you’d get deducted 6 points.

If you want a quick game you can, remove the back two rows of reds after racking and play with six reds. All other rules apply.

Don't get Snookered

10 terms that'll make you look like you know your stuff!

Baulk

The area of the bottom of the table that is between the baulk line and the baulk cushion, which houses the "D".

Bed

The playing area of a table, not including of the cushions.

Feather shot

A very thin cut shot in which the cue ball just brushes the edge of an object ball.

Hug the rail

Describes a ball rolling along a rail (cushion) in contact or near contact with it, or which makes multiple successive contacts with the rail.

Jaws

The inside walls of a table's pockets.

Jump shot

Any shot where the cue ball is intentionally jumped into the air to clear an obstacle.

Rack

The frame, usually wooden or plastic, used to set up balls at the start of a game.

Roll up

A gentle tap of the cue ball with the intention of getting it as close as possible behind another ball.

Ruckus

A term for the splitting of a group of balls, when another ball is sent into them.

Surgeon

A player skilled at very thin cut shots

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