Billiards is a game which evolved as a popular pursuit in the 19th cent. A modern billiards room was opened in Covent Garden and then in many London clubs. Snooker developed from it in the Indian army and is believed to have taken its name from the slang term for a new cadet. Billiards has never achieved wide popularity but snooker has acquired a considerable TV following and its simpler variant, pool, is played in many pubs, on smaller tables.
Subjects: British History — Sport and Leisure.