Billiards | Pool

Drawing of an 8-ball billiards rack

Billiard sports, also known as cue sports, are an assortment of games played on cloth-covered billiards (or pool) tables with a cue stick and billiard balls. Covering a range of play types and styles, cue sports can be categorized in three general types: Pool (pocket games), Snooker (English billiards), and Carom billiards. Pool is a general name for games on six-pocket tables of various lengths (7’, 8’, 9’) that include popular games such as Eight-ball, Nine-ball, and straight pool. Snooker, or English billiards, are games played on larger 12’ snooker tables while Carom billiards refers to a games on Carom tables without pockets.

Elevation drawing of two players playing a game of billiards, or pool, on a 9' billiards table

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7' Billiards | Pool Table
Dimensioned drawing illustrating the measurements and sizes of a 7' Billiards | Pool Table
7’ Billiards | Pool Tables are sized smaller than professional regulations for private usage in tighter spaces such as bars and small homes. 7’ Tables have playing surfaces measuring 78” | 198 cm in length, a width of 39” | 99 cm, and have beds set at 29 1/4”-31” | 74.3-78.7 cm from the floor.
Front and side elevation drawings with measurements of a 7' Billiards | Pool Table
7’ Billiards | Pool Tables are sized smaller than professional regulations for private usage in tighter spaces such as bars and small homes. 7’ Tables have playing surfaces measuring 78” | 198 cm in length, a width of 39” | 99 cm, and have beds set at 29 1/4”-31” | 74.3-78.7 cm from the floor.
7' Billiards | Pool Table

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Surface Length: 78” | 198 cm
Surface Width: 39” | 99 cm
Surface Height: 29 1/4”-31” | 74.3-78.7 cm
Table Length: 93” | 236 cm
Table Width: 54” | 137 cm
Table Height: 32” | 81.3 cm

7’ Billiards | Pool Table Clearances
48” Cue:
11’3” x 14’6” | 3.43 x 4.42 m
52” Cue:
11’11” x 15’2” | 3.63 x 4.62 m
58” Cue:
12’11” x 16’2” | 3.93 x 4.92 m
Area (52” Clearance):
181 ft2 | 16.8 m2

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8' Billiards | Pool Table
Drawing with dimensions of a standard 8' Billiards | Pool Table
8’ Billiards | Pool Tables are tables sized for usage in homes. 8’ Tables have playing surfaces with a length of 88” | 224 cm, width of 44” | 112 cm, and are set at 29 1/4”-31” | 74.3-78.7 cm high. An 8’ Pool Table has an overall size of 103” x 59” | 262 x 150 cm and a height of 32” | 81.3 cm.
Front and side profiles with measurements of an 8' Billiards | Pool Table
8’ Billiards | Pool Tables are tables sized for usage in homes. 8’ Tables have playing surfaces with a length of 88” | 224 cm, width of 44” | 112 cm, and are set at 29 1/4”-31” | 74.3-78.7 cm high. An 8’ Pool Table has an overall size of 103” x 59” | 262 x 150 cm and a height of 32” | 81.3 cm.
8' Billiards | Pool Table

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Surface Length: 88” | 224 cm
Surface Width: 44” | 112 cm
Surface Height: 29 1/4”-31” | 74.3-78.7 cm
Table Length: 103” | 262 cm
Table Width: 59” | 150 cm
Table Height: 32” | 81.3 cm

8’ Billiards | Pool Table Clearances
48” Cue:
11’8” x 15’4” | 3.55 x 4.67 m
52” Cue:
12’4” x 16’ | 3.76 x 4.88 m
58” Cue:
13’4” x 17’ | 4.06 x 5.18 m
Area (52” Clearance):
197 ft2 | 18.3 m2

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8.5' Billiards | Pool Table
Dimensions and drawing of an 8.5' Billiards | Pool Table
8.5’ Billiards | Pool Tables are oversized ‘professional’ tables sized to provide a greater challenge for players. 8.5’ Tables have playing surfaces measuring 92” | 234 cm cm in length, a width of 46” | 117 cm, and have beds set at 29 1/4”-31” | 74.3-78.7 cm from the floor.
Elevation dimensions of the height, length, and width of an 8.5' Billiards | Pool Table
8.5’ Billiards | Pool Tables are oversized ‘professional’ tables sized to provide a greater challenge for players. 8.5’ Tables have playing surfaces measuring 92” | 234 cm cm in length, a width of 46” | 117 cm, and have beds set at 29 1/4”-31” | 74.3-78.7 cm from the floor.
8.5' Billiards | Pool Table

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Surface Length: 92” | 234 cm
Surface Width: 46” | 117 cm
Surface Height: 29 1/4”-31” | 74.3-78.7 cm
Table Length: 107” | 272 cm
Table Width: 61” | 155 cm
Table Height: 32” | 81.3 cm

8.5’ Billiards | Pool Table Clearances
48” Cue:
11’10” x 15’8” | 3.60 x 4.77 m
52” Cue:
12’6” x 16’4” | 3.81 x 4.98 m
58” Cue:
13’6” x 17’4” | 4.11 x 5.28 m
Area (52” Clearance):
204 ft2 | 19 m2

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9' Billiards | Pool Table
Drawing with dimensions of the length and width of a 9' Billiards | Pool Table
9’ Billiards | Pool Tables are large and challenging tables suited for the most skilled billiards players. 9’ Tables have playing surfaces with a length of 100” | 254 cm, width of 50” | 127 cm, and are set at 29 1/4”-31” | 74.3-78.7 cm high.
Front and side elevation drawings of the measurements of a 9' Billiards | Pool Table
9’ Billiards | Pool Tables are large and challenging tables suited for the most skilled billiards players. 9’ Tables have playing surfaces with a length of 100” | 254 cm, width of 50” | 127 cm, and are set at 29 1/4”-31” | 74.3-78.7 cm high.
9' Billiards | Pool Table

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Surface Length: 100” | 254 cm
Surface Width: 50” | 127 cm
Surface Height: 29 1/4”-31” | 74.3-78.7 cm
Table Length: 114” | 290 cm
Table Width: 64” | 163 cm
Table Height: 32” | 81.3 cm

9’ Billiards | Pool Table Clearances
48” Cue:
12’2” x 16’4” | 3.71 x 4.98 m
52” Cue:
12’10” x 17’ | 3.91 x 5.18 m
58” Cue:
13’10” x 18’ | 4.21 x 5.49 m
Area (52” Clearance):
218 ft2 | 20.3 m2

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Billiards | Pool Table Pockets
Billiard | Pool Tables are engineered with six pockets — one in each corner and two centered on the longs sides. Pockets, varying in design from simple drop pockets to elaborate ball returns, differ in shape and dimension between Corner Pockets and Side Pockets.
Drawing illustrating the sizes and dimensions of side and corner pockets on a standard Billiards | Pool Table
Billiard | Pool Tables are engineered with six pockets — one in each corner and two centered on the longs sides. Pockets, varying in design from simple drop pockets to elaborate ball returns, differ in shape and dimension between Corner Pockets and Side Pockets.
Billiards | Pool Table Pockets

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Corner Pocket Mouth Size: 4 1/2”-4 5/8” | 11.4-11.7 cm
Side Pocket Mouth Size: 5”-5 1/4” | 12.7-13.3 cm
Cushions: 2” | 5.1 cm
Billiard Balls (Diameter): 2 1/4” | 5.7 cm
Rail Depth: 5” | 12.7 cm

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Billiard Balls
Diagram comparing the relative sizes of billiard balls used for various cue sports
Billiard balls come in different sizes and designs that vary by game type. Traditionally, billiard balls were made from elephant ivory, but are commonly made from phenolic resin today. Billiard balls range in diameter from Russian pyramid down to Carom, American-style, British-style, and Snooker.
Drawing comparing billiard ball dimensions from Russian Kaisa, Carom, American, English, Snooker
Billiard balls come in different sizes and designs that vary by game type. Traditionally, billiard balls were made from elephant ivory, but are commonly made from phenolic resin today. Billiard balls range in diameter from Russian pyramid down to Carom, American-style, British-style, and Snooker.
Billiard Balls

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Diameter (Russian kaisa): 2 11/16” | 68 mm
Diameter (Carom): 2 7/16” | 61.5 mm
Diameter (American): 2 1/4” | 57 mm
Diameter (British): 2 3/16” | 56 mm
Diameter (Snooker): 2 1/16” | 52.5 mm
Material: Phenolic resin

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Billiards Racks
Billiards racks are pieces of sporting equipment used to place the billiard balls (to ‘rack’ the balls) into their starting locations for a game of pocket billiards. The two most popular variations of billiards racks are the triangle (Eight-ball) and the diamond (Nine-ball).
Sizes and dimensions of eight ball and nine ball racks used in the game of Billiards | Pool
Billiards racks are pieces of sporting equipment used to place the billiard balls (to ‘rack’ the balls) into their starting locations for a game of pocket billiards. The two most popular variations of billiards racks are the triangle (Eight-ball) and the diamond (Nine-ball).
Billiards Racks

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Eight-Ball Rack: 15 ball triangle
Inner Width (Eight-Ball): 11.25” | 28.58 cm
Inner Height (Eight-Ball): 10“ | 25.51 cm
Nine-Ball Rack: 9 ball diamond
Inner Width (Nine-Ball): 6.75” | 17.15 cm
Inner Height (Nine-Ball): 10“ | 25.51 cm
Materials: Wood, plastic, metal

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