Basic Rules of Snooker

To play the snooker game smoothly, you need to have a good understanding of the basic rules. It is a cue sport and usually played on a table covered with baize. The table has six pockets, four at the corners and two in the middle of the longer sides. Some of the basics you need to know are as follows.


A snooker game has a fixed number of frames. A frame is won when all balls have been put in the pockets. A match could also end prematurely if one player concedes defeat when the gap is too big to catch up.


The snooker balls, of which there are fifteen, are set by the referee and one player is required to take a break-off shot. The break-off shot is taken using a white cue ball, and it is placed anywhere in the D area, before hitting the other snooker balls.


During the game, only a single player is allowed to visit the table at a time. Each visit to the table earns you points which are called a break.

When taking a break-off shot, you should ensure that you pot at least one ball in one of the pockets for you to continue playing. Your playing turn might also end if you commit a foul while at the table.


Committing a foul is going against the rules when taking a shot, and if it happens, your turn is over, and there are no points given. Fouls include:

  • Not hitting any ball with the cue ball when you take a shot
  • Making the snooker balls fall off the table
  • If you pot the cue ball

In this game, there is a maximum break. This is the maximum points you can get from a successful break. The maximum points are 147. This is achieved when all fifteen reds are potted, a black is potted after each red, then all the colours.