Billiards and snooker are two very similar games. Both involve the use of pool cues to poke different colored pool balls on the table. Both require different billiard supplies, are two-player games that involve the calling of free throws, and require skill in aiming and focusing. However, they are completely different when it comes to details.
Billiards is a slow-moving, thoughtful game that requires patience. A frame can last an average of one hour. The table is much larger than the pool table: two meters wide and one meter long. Due to the size of the table, building the break (that is, an uninterrupted series of pocket shots) is very difficult. It requires a great deal of planning. Billiard players must be adept at using billiard ball spin in order to play the shot in such a way that they end up setting the cue ball for the next shot. Billiard balls are generally struck lightly and not on the table. The score is based on the balls, each of which has a different value.
Pool tables, on the other hand, are smaller: a meter long and less than a meter wide. The pockets are larger and the pool table felt used is much coarser (and therefore requires more force while playing). Here the rules are less strict and the pace is faster. You also don’t need devices like the spider, which allows shots that are too far away to be hit by an average human. There is no punctuation as such; the person who finishes and hits the black ball first wins.
In a friendly and non-competitive environment, it is easy to see why billiards has become more popular than billiards. For one thing, billiards takes much longer to play than billiards. Two good pool players can clean a pool table in 5 to 10 minutes. That is not the case with billiards.
Billiards is also more difficult and therefore never achieved popularity with general players. In terms of excitement, the pool also has a top edge here. Due to the length of the game, players tend to enjoy playing a lot more. Billiards is also a good spectator sport for this reason.
Pool lounges and bars also have an important role to play in this. On various occasions, pool salons have sprung up in various locations around the world. They proved to be profitable businesses for entrepreneurs and people frequented these places as they had a fun sport involved in the social process. Remember: billiards was originally a gambling game and got its name because players and bettors “pooled” their money at the table.
Ultimately, both games have their pros and cons in their respective fields. However, it is clear why the pool has gained popularity.