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Why is it called snooker

Why is it called snooker: Snooker is one of the most popular sports in the world, with both players and spectators. Neville Chamberlain, a young British Army soldier stationed in India at the time, invented snooker in 1875.

Why is it called snooker

While playing on a table used to play a separate game called Black Pool, Chamberlain came up with the concept of snooker.

Snooker table selby

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The name’snooker’ comes from a nickname given to the cadet troops who first saw, played, and developed the game in India in the nineteenth century. Snooker was the moniker given to these young troops from the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, and it has stuck with them ever since.



By the early 18th century, the game had been brought indoors and was being played on a table draped in green linen to imitate grass. It was popular among the French and English upper classes.

 

In reality, the first recognizable form of billiards was played as an outdoor lawn game comparable to croquet in France in the 1340s.



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