Snooker Rules

Aim of game
The object of the game is to score more points than your opponent in each frame.

Points are built up by potting a red followed by a colour of your choice.

When all 15 reds have been cleared from the table, a player must pot the colours in order of value - lowest first.

Yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black.

It is also possible to accumulate points when your opponent fouls. The following shots are classified as foul strokes.

A foul is:
No lower than four points and no higher than seven.
Missing the ball you are aiming to hit.
Potting a ball which you are not supposed to pot.
If any ball jumps off the table.
Potting the cue-ball.
Pushing the cue-ball against another ball that is in close proximity, causing the cue to touch the white more than once.

If a frame is tied then the players must play a black ball game - whoever pots the black is declared the winner.

The game is played on a table measuring six feet by 12 feet.

At the beginning of each frame there are 15 reds on the table, each valued at one point each.

Yellow is worth 2 points
Green is worth 3 points
Brown is worth 4 points
Blue is worth 5 points
Pink is worth 6 points
Black is worth 7 points

Unless a break begins with a free ball, the maximum score any player can score from one visit to a table is 147. This is only possible if a player pots a black with every red ball.

Matches are played over an odd number of frames (eg: best of nine frames).

To win a match a player must win more frames than his opponent.