Definition of fault

24 Random Essential Billiards Terms

Describes a player who needs only one more game win to be victorious in the match.
An exhibition shot designed to impress either by a player's skill or knowledge of how to set the balls up and take advantage of the angles of the table; usually a combination of both. A trick shot may involve items otherwise never seen during the course of a game, such as bottles, baskets, etc., and even members of the audience being placed on or around the table.
This is a location where a player can go inexpensively to refine their pool skills. These establishments began as horserace betting houses, and are still often filled with games involving money action. If you get thirsty, many pool halls offer cold refreshments, however, be careful you are not there just for the refreshments. In that case, you may as well be playing at a bar with a bent cue on a rain table.
This is a series of angled rails present within some pool tables that directs pocketed balls to a central location on the table for retrieval after the game.
This is a shot that is meant to remove one of your opponent's balls that lies near their pocket in the game of one pocket.
This is an imaginary player that you can attempt to run a rack against when playing a practice or training game.
A player who during the course of a tournament does not lose focus. Typically said of those players that regularly make it to the finals of a tournament.
This is a certain type of system used to determine who plays first in the next game. These methods are not synonymous with pool skills, and are more along the lines of flipping a coin, paper-rock-scissors, or drawing straws.
This term refers to a low percentage one pocket shot.
Same as follow (top spin).
This refers to the cluster of balls remaining in a similar position to where they were within the break.
To take one's two-piece cue stick apart. When done before a game's conclusion, it often indicates that the game is conceded.
American Cuemakers Association. This organization was formed in 1992 to help bring value to the development and advancement of cues in the United states.
When the cue ball is tucked behind the corner of a pocket, therefore not allowing a direct shot at the object ball without it bouncing of the corner of the rail.
Same as angle of reflection.
Successive games won without the opponent getting to the table; a five-pack would be a package of five games.
Same as center spot.
National Amateur Pool League.
North American Poolshooters Association. Mission: To provide a competitive and fun amateur pool league competition with cash and prizes awarded to the players at the local level.
This is a player that will regularly loose money to a particular player that is obviously a better player.
This is a tip tool for cleaning the edges of you tip after mushrooming occurs.
This playing to a number less than eight in a game of one pocket.
One of the alternating turns players (or doubles teams) are allowed at the table, before a shot is played that concedes a visit to his/her opponent (e.g. "he ran out in one visit"). Usually synonymous with inning as applied to a single player/team, except in scotch doubles format.
A tournament format in which a player must lose two matches in order to be eliminated.