Origins of Billiards

Billiards which is more commonly known as pool have a long history that dates back nearly two hundred years ago. Pool is now more commonly known as a game you play for fun at a bar or at a friend’s house. Years ago Billiards had their own league in which different pool players would face off against one another in order to win the tournament prize.

The game is said to have originated from the United States back in the 1800’s. At the time there were sports like Soccer, Rugby and Baseball. Unfortunately all of these sports required great physical effort that some just didn’t have. When Kelly Mulvaney created the first pool game it revolutionized how sports could be played across the USA. You would have a leather shake bottle that had various plastic pills, you’d shake the bottle and pull out a number. The number you were given was the pool ball you had to hit on the table.

There were those who didn’t approve of the game and by the early 60’s various states were banning the game. Montana made it a serious offence to play this game as it was becoming widely popular and more available in local bars. Young adults who were not of age would sneak into the bars to play pool which lead to a series of bars being shut down. Eventually people started to wager on the various pool matches being played and this game got known for being gambling related. Young adults were wagering their hard earned money and losing to adults with quality skills. This is what lead Montana and a variety of other states to banning Kelly Pool.

Pool eventually became so popular that different versions of the game started popping up all across the USA. As of right now you can play Nine Ball Pool, Eight Ball Pool, Three Ball Pool, One Pocket Pool and Bank Pool. Each one of these games differ in their own ways, making the experience unique and thrilling all at the same time.

There is also a governing body for this sport. The World Pool-Billiard Association is the world’s leading governing body when it comes to pool. Multiple regional circuits are run by the WPBA, these circuits include the All Africa Pool Association, The European Pocket Billiard Federation, The World Confederation of Billiard Sports and many more. All of these various circuits work with one another through the WPBA in order to bring various tournaments, matches and matches to professional pool players.

Though the game may not be as popular as it once was it still had an avid following. The game is fun, enjoyable and relaxing all at the same time.


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