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Welcome to the fantastic Billiards Quiz!

Do you have what it takes to pocket your way to victory and show that you’re a genuine billiards buff?

We’ve racked up a series of challenging questions designed to test your knowledge of this classic game.

Keep track of your right answers and check our result table to see how well you’ve fared.

So, chalk up your cue, focus on the cue ball, and let’s find out if you can break and run with your billiards trivia mastery!

Table of Contents

1. What is the standard size of a pool table for international professional competition?

  • A) 8 ft Γ— 4 ft
  • B) 9 ft Γ— 4.5 ft
  • C) 10 ft Γ— 5 ft

2. Which ball is referred to as the “money ball” in 9-ball pool?

  • A) 9-ball
  • B) 1-ball
  • C) 8-ball

3. Which type of billiards game uses only three balls?

  • A) Snooker
  • B) 8-ball
  • C) Three-cushion

4. What do players use to reduce the friction between the cue and the bridge hand?

  • A) Chalk
  • B) Talc
  • C) Wax

5. In which country was snooker invented?

  • A) China
  • B) England
  • C) United States

6. What is the maximum number of points a player can score in a single frame of snooker?

  • A) 147
  • B) 155
  • C) 167

7. What is the word used to describe putting a “spin” on the cue ball?

  • A) English
  • B) Swerve
  • C) Bank

8. What is the term for a pool shot in which the cue ball is hit so that it rebounds from the object ball(s) without pocketing any of them?

  • A) Jump shot
  • B) Safety shot
  • C) Stop shot

9. In the game of straight pool, after the break shot, how many balls must be pocketed by the player?

  • A) 14
  • B) 15
  • C) 10

10. What is the term used when a player wins a game of 8-ball by sinking the 8-ball on the break shot?

  • A) Jump victory
  • B) Golden break
  • C) Quick-win

11. Which billiards game inspired the creation of snooker?

  • A) Pyramids
  • B) Black pool
  • C) Life pool

12. What is the maximum number of points a player can score from a single shot in snooker, without counting fouls?

  • A) 7
  • B) 8
  • C) 12

13. What is the term for the area on a pool table between the two end rails?

  • A) Head zone
  • B) Kitchen
  • C) Foot zone

14. Which of these is considered a foul in pool?

  • A) Missing the target ball
  • B) Jumping the cue ball off the table
  • C) Both a and b

15. What is the weight of a standard regulation cue ball on a pool table, in ounces?

  • A) 5.5 – 6
  • B) 6 – 6.5
  • C) 5 – 5.5

16. Which type of billiards game is played on a table without pockets?

  • A) Carom billiards
  • B) Pool
  • C) Russian pyramid

17. What is the diameter of a standard snooker ball?

  • A) 2.25 inches
  • B) 2.15 inches
  • C) 2.07 inches

18. In 8-ball pool, what is the minimum number of object balls a player must legally hit with each shot?

  • A) One
  • B) Two
  • C) Three

19. What is the term for the cloth used to cover a billiards table?

  • A) Felt
  • B) Baize
  • C) Canvas

20. What is the term for a shot in which the cue ball is struck in such a way that it draws back after contacting the object ball?

  • A) Draw shot
  • B) Bank shot
  • C) Follow shot

21. In a standard game of 8-ball, what is the proper numerical order in which the balls should be arranged in the rack, from left to right?

  • A) There is no specific order
  • B) 1-15
  • C) Odd numbers first, then even numbers

22. Which of the following is not an official World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) rule for the break shot?

  • A) The cue ball must be struck from behind the headstring
  • B) At least four balls must hit the cushion
  • C) The breaker must not use a jump cue

23. Which country is known as the origin of carom billiards?

  • A) France
  • B) United States
  • C) China

24. Which billiards game uses a cue ball, a red ball, and a white β€œopponent” ball?

  • A) English billiards
  • B) Bar billiards
  • C) Straight pool

25. When a player’s cue ball does not make contact with any other ball during a shot, what is it called?

  • A) Scratch
  • B) Whiff
  • C) Airball

26. What shape is the rack used in the game of straight pool?

  • A) Triangle
  • B) Diamond
  • C) Circle

27. What is the meaning of the term “double kiss” in billiards?

  • A) The cue ball contacts an object ball twice in a single shot
  • B) Two players make the same shot consecutively
  • C) A ball touches both side rails before coming to rest

28. In carom billiards, how many cushions must the cue ball contact before it strikes the second ball?

  • A) Zero
  • B) One
  • C) Three

29. What is the name of the device used to rack the balls in a game of 8-ball?

  • A) Triangle
  • B) Racker
  • C) Ball frame

30. In the game of snooker, what is the standard minimum point penalty for a foul?

  • A) 2 points
  • B) 4 points
  • C) 6 points

31. Which of these billiards games is played with the highest number of balls?

  • A) Snooker
  • B) Blackball pool
  • C) Chinese eight-ball

32. What is the term for the starting position of the cue ball in a standard game of pool?

  • A) Rack
  • B) Cue spot
  • C) Break box

33. In the game of snooker, which color ball has the highest points value?

  • A) Black
  • B) Pink
  • C) Blue


# of Correct Answers Percentage Range Label Description
0- 0-49% Armchair Athlete You've got some learning to do, but don't worry, there's always the next game!
- 50-64% Rookie Runner Not bad! Keep practicing, and you'll be a sports trivia champ in no time.
- 65-79% Midfield Maestro Impressive! You're getting closer to the top, keep up the good work.
- 80-94% All-Star Striker Wow, you really know your sports trivia! You're a force to be reckoned with.
-33 95-100% Legendary Champion Unbelievable! You're a true sports trivia master. Your knowledge knows no bounds!

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Max is a sports enthusiast who loves all kinds of ball and water sports. He founded & runs stand-up-paddling.org (#1 German Paddleboarding Blog), played competitive Badminton and Mini Golf (competed on national level in Germany), started learning β€˜real’ Golf and dabbled in dozens of other sports & activities.

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