Snooker is a cue sport, which resembles pool, but shares only a limited amount of features. This game has its own rules and playing equipment and is extremely famous in the UK, as well as in other parts of the world such as Japan.
Part of the appeal of snooker, as opposed to pool, is the fact that the snooker table is much larger and has pocket holes much smaller than in the case of pool, meaning that players have to be that more skillful.
Snooker tables measure 3.7 by 1.8 meters and World snooker championship prize money have six pockets, each only slightly larger than the balls used in the sport. The tables are covered with a green fabric, which is supposed to minimize any external influences on the balls and the way they hit each other.
One further aspect of the snooker table is represented by its specific markings, on which balls of certain colors need to be placed. At about 1/4 of the length of the table a white line exists, with a central arch, on whose center and margins the green, brown and yellow ball, respectively are placed. At about the same distance from the other side of the table a dot indicates the position of the top of the red balls triangle. Halfway between this spot and the edge rests the black ball, also with its specific marked point.
Great care is exercised before each snooker game that the tables are horizontal within the smallest margin of error. Any such error could interfere with how the balls roll on the surface of the table, thus altering the result of the game.
There are several other important instruments in the sport of snooker, particularly the balls and the cue, but the table is the main differentiation from other cue sports and the aspect which makes it a very competitive sport, at which few excel.