Refers to a person gambling when he has no money. As in, "That jerk can't pay up, he was shooting air barrels the whole time".
24 Random Essential Billiards Terms
1- Short for "pool shark", poolshark (US); sharp, "pool sharp" (British)
Verb: To perform some act or make some utterance with the intent to distract, irritate or intimidate the opponent so that they do not perform well, miss a shot, etc. Most league and tournament rules forbid blatant sharking, as a form of unsportsmanlike conduct, but it is very common in bar pool.
Noun: Another term for hustler.
Noun: A very good player. This usage is common among non-players who often intend it as a compliment and are not aware of its derogatory senses .
A pool room employee who plays with a good degree of skill.
The deciding match between two tied opponents. Compare hill, hill.
This is a match where a player must win so many games more than the other player in order to win the match.
When a player is on the receiving end of a devastating safety where it is very difficult or near impossible to make a legal hit on an object ball.
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.
In three cushion billiards, the most standard shot where the third ball is advantageously placed in a corner.
Alternate name for the cue ball.
In carom billiards games, a term for the opponent's cue ball, which for the shooting player is another object ball along with the red.
This is the imaginary line that a ball would need to follow in order for it to result in an effective bank shot.
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When complete focus allows you to execute quality billiards play with simplicity and seeming ease.
A tournament format in which a player must lose two matches in order to be eliminated.
This is to watch a match with such intensity that there is worry, usually because of a wager on the game.
A break shot in which the object is to leave the incoming player with no shot or a very difficult shot, such as is normally employed in the opening break of straight pool. Cf. open break.
The first shot in a game - aimed at a set of racked balls.
To execute the first shot in a new game.
In snooker this term can be use to indicate a series of successive shots completed by a single player.
1- Noun: A player's wager in a money game.
2- Verb:To provide part or all of a player's stake for a gambling session in which one is not a player. A person who stakes or backs a player is called a stakehorse or backer. "Stakehorse" can also be used as a verb.
A British term for a pot that requires very fine contact between cue ball and object ball. See also feather.
A tournament format in which a player is out of the tournament after a single match loss.
(Jack and Jill) Mixed doubles match (each team has one male and one female).
Basic cue tip contact points on the cue ball to impart various forms of spin. Top spin is also known as follow, side spin as english, and bottom spin as back spin, draw or screw.Rotational motion applied to a ball, especially to the cue ball by the tip of the cue, although if the cue ball is itself rotating it will impart (opposite) spin (in a lesser amount) to a contacted object ball. Types of spin include top spin, bottom or back spin (also known as draw or screw), and left and right side spin, all with widely differing and vital effects. Collectively they are often referred to in American English as "english". See also massé.
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To play a shot using a more difficult application of stroke and speed to achieve a certain desired position for the next shot, even at the expense of or sharply increasing the likelihood of a miss.
The way in which a player holds the butt end of the cue stick.
The wrap of the cuestick where the hand is placed, also known as the "grip area."
This is a bank in one pocket pool that is sitting at an angle that makes it unsafe to play.
This word is used as slang to define a player as amateur or recreational.
This is the portion of the joint that actually connects the two sides of the cue, often called the pin or male end. This comes in a number of different sizes and shapes which some believe has an influence on the hit of the cue stick.