Definition of tight

Describing a situation where a pot is made more difficult, either by a pocket being partially blocked by another ball so that not all of it is available, or the cue ball path to the object ball's potting angle involves going past another ball very closely.

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The triangular device, generally plastic, used to group the balls in a pyramid form prior to the beginning of a game.
This is any game of pool played with money on the line. You can "put some action" on the game.
A shot that has a positive outcome for the player, although it was not what the player intended. Examples of flukes include an unexpected pot off several cushions or other balls having missed the pocket aimed for, or perhaps a lucky safety position after having missed a pot. Compare fish and slop; contrast mark (sense 3) and call. It is customary to apologise to one's opponent if one does this.
Modification of the rules and/or scoring of a game to enable players of variable abilities to compete on a more even playing field. Examples of handicapping include spotting balls and giving games on the wire to an opponent. In league play, other forms of handicapping include awarding compensating points to a lesser-skilled team, or using numerical player ranking systems to adjust final scores between opponents of different skill levels.
A particular shot where the object ball hits or grazes another object ball on the way to its pocket or toward hitting yet another object ball.
An instance of contact between balls, usually used in the context of describing an object ball contacting another object ball (e.g. "the two ball kissed off the twelve ball"), or in snooker the cue ball making contact with a ball after the initial contact with the object ball. If the player's intention was to cause two object balls to kiss (e.g. to pocket a shot ball after a ricochet off a stationary one), it is often called a kiss shot.
Also known as a "power draw", means applying very powerful draw on the cue ball thereby causing the maximum amount of draw.
This is what is brought to the table if you are playing at your best potential.
Same as gutter table. A table with a ball return system, as opposed to a drop pocket table.
Also topspin, top-spin, top. Same as follow. Contrast bottom spin, back spin.
When the rules of the opening break are broken. Ex: If not enough balls contact with rails off the break.
Slang for a mechanical bridge.
When a ball is in firm contact with a cushion or another ball.
Also striped ones, striped balls. The ball suit (group) of a fifteen ball set that are numbered 9 through 15 and have a wide colored bar around the middle. Compare bigs, highs, yellows, overs; contrast solids.
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.
The situation arising in many pool games where a ball is spotted to the table's foot spot or some other specific location and the cue ball must be shot from the kitchen or the "D". There are diamond system aiming techniques for pocketing such shots without scratching the cue ball into a pocket.
This is a kind of cue made of only two pieces of wood, and joined together using an advanced adhesive along the points of the cue. This connection gives the cue a flawless look and a fluid feel when shooting.
This is a special shaped leather or plastic bottle that is used on the table during play in special pocket games.
The ornamentation on a cue is often made by inlaying exotic materials into the wood of the butt portion of the cue. Inlays of ebony and ivory are quite common. The value of a cue is often based on the number inlays.
This describes when a player is trapped behind a ball. (n.) - This is also the amount of money a player is down after betting.
A player's turn at the table, also known as an inning.
This is when it is necessary to change a set handicap after play indicates it favors one player more than the other.
Same as foul
"Pocket billiards," or a game in which balls are shot into pockets.
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