How to Set Up a Snooker Table

All work without play makes jack a dull boy. According to most health professionals, a hobby goes a long way in helping one to cope with stress and improve a person’s health. Playing snooker is one of the most popular hobbies practices by many people across the world.

What is snooker?

Snooker is almost similar to a pool table but unlike it, a snooker table has a unique way of arranging the balls. It’s played with cues in which the players use the cue ball to pocket the other balls.

Types of Balls on a Snooker Table?

  • 15 red balls
  • Yellow ball (two)
  • Green ball (three)
  • Brown ball (four)
  • Blue ball (five)
  • Pink ball (six)
  • Black ball (seven)
  • White ball ( the cue ball)

Snooker table also has Regions; these are;

Balk line:

This this the line which has three marked spots close to one of the rails of the snooker table.

D spot:

This is the area behind the balk line which is usually marked in an imaginary half a circle using the balk line as the diameter.

So how the balls arranged on the table?

The fifteen red balls are placed in a triangle on the end farthest from the D spot. The triangle should be arranged in such a way that it is in the middle between the two side rails. On a standard snooker table, the end of the triangle directly opposite the D spot should be approximately thirty-six inches away from the D spot.

The black ball should be placed a balls distance behind the triangle. This should be the side opposite from the D spot. On a standard snooker table, it should be placed approximately three-quarters inches from the back rail.

The pink ball should be placed on the point of the triangle which points to the D spot. Ensure that this point is a middle way between the two side rails of the table. The pink ball, like the black ball, should be placed in such a way that it doesn’t touch the red ball. On a standard snooker table, this point should be approximately 36 inches from the D spot.

The blue ball should be placed in the middle of the snooker table. At this point, it should be in line with the pink ball and the D spot. Approximately it should be seventy-two inches from the back rail and middle way between the two side rails.

The Yellow, brown and green balls should be arranged in a descending order in a line along the balk line. On this line, there are three marked spots indicating where these balls should be placed. The white cue ball should be placed in the D spot in such a way that it forms an imaginary half a circle with the balk line.

To start the game one places the cue ball anywhere on the D spot. From this point, one can aim to hit any ball in an attempt to sink a red ball and a colored ball so that the game can begin.  This game is a wonderful way to bond with your friends or family members. It can also help one to relax after a day of work.

This is a sport in that when you find yourself becoming too good in, consider joining the championship.

Have fun!


Snooker is a simple game but can get quite difficult with tough competitors. The real challenge while playing is not only the way you control your cue, or how you break, or your winning streaks but it is the way your mind develops a strategy for playing the game or how your brain responds in an under-pressure situation.