Five-pin billiards | Wikipedia audio article

Five-pin billiards | Wikipedia audio article

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00:01:25 1 History
00:02:19 2 Equipment and setup
00:06:55 3 Rules
00:07:37 3.1 Object
00:08:18 3.2 Play
00:10:36 3.3 Scoring
00:12:56 3.4 Fouls
00:16:33 4 Strategy
00:17:39 5 World Championship 5 Pins National Teams
00:18:14 5.1 World 5 Pins National Teams Champions
00:18:26 6 World Five-pins Championship
00:19:23 6.1 World Open Champions
00:19:38 7 Five-pins Pro World Cup
00:20:21 7.1 Pro World Cup Champions
00:20:37 8 Nine-pin variant (igoriziana/i)
00:21:13 9 In popular culture
00:21:46 10 See also

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Five-pin billiards or simply five-pins or 5-pins (Italian: [biliardo dei] cinque birilli; Spanish: [billar de] cinco quillas), is today usually a carom billiards form of cue sport, though sometimes still played on a pocket table. In addition to the customary three balls of most carom games, it makes use of a set of five upright pins (skittles) arranged in a “+” pattern at the center of the table. The game is popular especially in Italy (where it originated) and Argentina, but also in some other parts of Latin America and Europe, with international, televised professional tournaments (for the carom version only). It is sometimes referred to as Italian five-pins or Italian billiards (Italian: biliardo all’italiana), or as italiana (in Italian and Spanish). A variant of the game, goriziana or nine-pins, adds additional skittles to the formation. A related pocket game, with larger pins, is played in Scandinavia and is referred to in English as Danish pin billiards, with a Swedish variant that has some rules more similar to the Italian game.

1995 Efren Reyes history-making Z-shot you will love

1995 Efren Reyes history-making Z-shot you will love

Posted with express consent of Accu-Stats # 062916. Full 107 mins. match DVD available from Accu-Stats (S21-11d). Even Efren’s opponent, Strickland loved it and knew this remarkable shot meant victory for Efren. Score was 12-12 in race-to-13 final. Efren was in deep trouble and came with this zigzag beauty (the now-famous Z-shot from 1995’s Sands Regency Open 9-ball). A sheer dazzler that received a standing ovation from all the lucky folks in attendance. Earl’s sportsmanship on this occasion was almost as remarkable as Efren’s shot. Earl later told a billiards magazine reporter: “That shot will become part of pool history.”

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Alex Higgins' Billiards Skills

Alex Higgins’ Billiards Skills

Alex Higgins showing his english billiards skills. A bit different game from snooker, but Alex still plays like Alex. From 1985 Blue Arrow Masters match against billiards and snooker legend, Fred Davis.

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History of Billiards

Billiard games as we know them today evolved from lawn games such as croquet, bocce and golf. In fact, the green color of the table felt was chosen to represent the color of grass. The first game which could be recognized as billiards was actually played outdoors way back in 1340. It was played something like croquet. The first known indoors billiard table was owned by King Louis XI of France who was king from 1461 to 1483.

The early games were different. The tables did not have holes for the balls. They had “arches” and “ports” to shoot the balls through. These were similar to the hoops in croquet. They also didn’t have sides to them, so the balls often rolled off. The stick was called a “mace” and was similar to a golf club. It was used to push, rather than strike, the ball.

The evolution of the game, as most Americans and British know as “billiards,” actually is referring to a specific type of billiards or pool. There are several other classifications of billiards, including carom, straight billiards and pocket billiards.

Mary Queen of Scots was known for having described billiards tables in the late 1600s. By the 1700s, billiards has grown significantly in popularity, especially in England and France, more in particular, the major cities of London and Paris. From the nobility all the way down to the commoners, the game became hugely popular and players were being recognized for their skill in the game. Billiard lessons were given by experienced players and professionals were starting to win money in the game if their skills proved good enough.