Billiards has been around since the 15th century and was played by both commoners and royalties alike. It actually originated in northern Europe, most probably in France. Most of the notable nobles such as William Shakespeare often include billiards in his plays. It also had its share of rough times when billiards was once banned in the state of Virginia.
Through the years, billiards continued to flourish and has become one of the widely played sports of today.Nowadays, the most domineering race and holds a lot of titles in every billiard tournament are Filipinos. One most notable player would be Efren "Bata" Reyes. Sometimes being a bystander and nothing to do but hustle you way towards playing billiards can sometimes pay off as you can become one of the richest men and women athletes in the world.
Billiards is played within a billiard table which is covered with baize and usually has holes in the corners and side pockets. The player uses a cue stick, some balls which would depend on what type of billiards you are playing, a rack to arrange the balls although if you have mastered arranging the balls using just your arms and hands the rack will not be necessary. Billiard chalks are also a necessity to ensure efficiency in the friction applied by the cue stick to the ball once a player hits it. Mechanical bridge will also come in handy for those hard to reach shots, but this is seldom used because you can just use another cue stick held by someone else.
There are three types of billiards, the carom, the snooker and the pocket billiards but the latter is more popular and has more types of games.
Billiard halls sprout like mushrooms in the Philippines. Usually, whenever there are drinking sessions and gathering of friends, the usual spot to go would be a bar with karaoke and a pool table or two. This sport has carved a permanent mark in Philippine history.