Eight-ball (often spelled 8-ball or eightball, and sometimes called solids and stripes, spots and stripes in the UK or, more rarely, bigs and littles/smalls, and highs and lows) is a pool (pocket billiards) game popular in much of the world, and the subject of international professional and amateur competition.
Carom billiards, sometimes called carambole billiards or simply carambole (and in some cases used as a synonym for the game of straight rail from which many carom games derive), is the overarching title of a family of billiards games generally played on cloth-covered, 1.5-by-3.0-metre (5 by 10 ft) pocketless tables, which often feature heated slate beds.
As such, American pool, snooker, the various forms of carom (pocketless-tabled) billiards, English pool, are all considered "billiards". Billards comes in two major varieties: pocket billiards and carom billiards. Pocket billiard games are played on tables with pockets, whereas carom billiards games are played on tables that have no pockets.
9-Foot Pool Tables (9ft x 4.5ft) Nine foot pool tables are what the pros play on. The larger size, and often tighter pockets, results in longer shots that require more accuracy and speed control. Pro tip: Develop an accurate stroke and control the cue ball.
Oversize and Other Pool Table Sizes. There are also Oversized, or "Pro" size tables. Generally, these tables are a half-foot (six inches) longer and 3 inches wider than their standard counterparts. An 8' Pro (or Oversized 8') table measures 4.25' wide x 8' long. There are 7-foot Pro, 8-foot Pro and 9-foot Pro tables available.
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New style "apartment suite" pool tables come in much littler sizes of about six-or-so feet. Snooker tables: Snooker tables are bigger than billiard or pool tables. They are likewise lower in stature and have littler pockets. Snooker tables in Europe are for the most part 12 feet by six feet.