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									The arrangement of billiard balls on the green bed of a pool table just before the break
shot is sheer beauty. No other ball game offers so much color and variety as billiards
does. In the game of Carom, a type of billiards played without pockets on the table,
only three balls are used. One is a red ball and the other two are white balls with one
of the white balls marked with a black dot. Sometimes a yellow ball is used instead of
a white ball. The red ball is known as the “object ball”. The white ball is the “cue
ball” for the first player. The yellow or the dotted white ball is the cue ball of the
second player.

Billiard balls are also popularly known as “pool balls” because the game of pocket
billiard is popular in the USA as “pool”. Pool balls are the snazziest of all billiard
balls. Billiard halls prefer pool balls for the vibrant range of colors they come in.
Yellow, blue, red, orange, purple, burgundy, green, black, and a combination of red
and white, blue and white, yellow and white, orange and white, and purple and white
– all these are the possible colors of billiard balls. They stand in good contrast to the
green turf of the table.

When it comes to Billiard balls, you will find that there is a variety of differences
between some of them. The obvious one is the difference in colour and stripes. Then
there is the weight. While your average player will not even notice this, you can
expect a professional pool player to notice not only the weight but the improvement
that this factor makes to their playing. As your playing improves, you will also find
that this makes quite of a big difference when playing the game.

Each pool ball also carries a number. Carom balls are not numbered. The balls with
single colors are called solids and the others with two colors are called stripes. For
instance, the yellow ball is number one, the blue and white ball is number ten and the
green and white balls is number fourteen. Carom balls are slightly bigger than the
pool balls. Training billiard balls are marked with target rings making it possible for
the novice player to judge better about at which angle the ball needs to be struck.

When not in play billiard balls are kept in a ball rack. Billiard balls stay on the table
until the end in a game of carom. In a game of pocket billiards the balls that fall in to
the pockets are lead through the troughs and are collected to be in to play again. The
earliest billiard balls were made up of wood and clay balls. Those that could afford it
played with ivory balls. These days high quality billiard balls are made to withstand
strong shots without chipping and cracking. Most billiard balls available in the market
are made of Phenolin resin or polyester and acrylic

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