Definition of down table

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

This is a term used in slang to reference the bridge tool.
This refers to the cluster of balls remaining in a similar position to where they were within the break.
This is a shot in snooker where the cue ball follows a struck object into the pocket.
Same as position. "She got good shape for the next shot". See also position play, leave.
A material, usually leather, placed on the end of a cue stick that comes in contact with the cue ball.
The European Pocket Billard Federation is the European governing body for pocket billiards. EPBF is also one of the member organization of the WPA (World Pool Billard Association)
On a shot, the extension of the cue stick through the cue ball position during the end of a player's stroke in the direction originally aimed.
A soft joint-like plastic or linen base material. It lets the cue whip, putting more English on the cue ball.
This is a shot where the cue ball caroms off a number of balls in a pin ball, back and forth, fashion to achieve a shot.
This is the ball that sits in the front, or apex, position in the rack.
Random method for pairing of opponents when setting up a bracket system for a tournament.
This shot refers to using heavy follow to push through an object ball on its way to its destination.
A description of play in carom billiards games in which the balls remain widely separated rather than gathered, requiring much more skill to score points and making nurse shots effectively impossible, and making for a more interesting game for onlookers. Most skilled players try to gather the balls as quickly as possible to increase their chances of continuing to score in a long run.
An agreement between two players in a tournament, one of whom will advance to a guaranteed money prize if the match is won, to give a certain percentage of that money to the loser of the match. Also known as a saver.
Verb form: to shoot. The use of the cue to perform or attempt to perform a particular motion of balls on the table, such as to pocket (pot) an object ball, to achieve a successful carom (cannon), or to play a safety.
Ten Ball is a rotation is a rotation game very similar to nine-ball, using ten balls instead of nine, and with the 10 ball instead of the 9 as the "money ball".
The object of the game is pocket the 10-ball on any legal shot.
A misnomer for hand talc.
The act of setting up the balls for a break shot. In tournament play this will be done by the referee, but in lower-level play, players either rack for themselves or for each other depending on convention.
To maneuver a ball on a shot so that it will be favorably positioned for later play into a particular pocket, even at the expense of sacrificing position or the inning to achieve that result.
This is what happens when a player sends the cue ball into a cluster of balls that will in turn spread out in an unpredictable fashion.
Either of the two shorter rails on a standard pool, billiards or snooker table. Contrast side rail/long rail.
A highly skilled hustler making money gambling while traveling. Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler was a road player. One of the most notorious real-life road players is Keith McCready.
This refers to the distance of deflection that the ball comes off of the cue stick after a hit is applied with side spin on it.
This is a bank in one pocket pool that is sitting at an angle that makes it unsafe to play.