Brief History of Billiards and Pool
If you love billiards and pool, you will find it interesting on how the game started. First of all, the term billiard is believed to have been derived from the French words billart, one of the wooden sticks, or bille, a ball, and that the game is being played since the 1600s. On the other hand, the word pool means a collective bet. Although this term is also used other games that involves pool such as poker, it became more attached to pocket billiards. For more information on the rich history of the game, you can read the condensed version of A Brief History of the Noble Game of Billiards article by Mike Shamos, posted here at

Pool Portal
The Internet home for fans and fanatics of the Southeastern United States billiards scene. The place to shop for OTC Billiard Originals on posters, t-shirts, gifts, exclusive pool art and designs available on 40+ product selections. To play pool online, play 8 ball, 9 ball or snooker, single or multiplayer internet game play in OTC's Virtual Pool Room. Join free or low price subscription to premium membership for added online games playing benefits. A North Carolina pool room directory and Southeastern United States Cue Maker listings, and more resources for pool and billiard players, this is the site. Pool information, billiard graphics, articles, message board, stories, fun, games and an online game are featured. is owned and being managed by Tim The Dragon Chin, a world-ranked artistic pool player and entertainer for more than a decade and is currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada. In this site, you can explore over 100 trick shot tutorials through detailed instructions diagrams, and videos. This includes the trick shots made popular by billiard icons such as Gabi Mr. Perfect Visoiu, Steve Mizerak, Sebastian Giumelli, Abram Too Tall Diaz, and Stefano Pelinga. You can also learn the shots in all 8 disciplines: trick/fancy, prop/novelty, draw, follow, bank/kick, stroke, jump, and masse.

Playing Pool
Site features pool information including billiards news, pool downloads, RSB Rogues gallery, pool hall websites, billiard links, fargo tournaments, downloads, a pool store, pool classifieds, pool tournament finder, pool hall finder, a pool tournament manager, amateur physics for the amateur pool player, a top 10 section and more. Up to date pool news is featured, as are pool opportunities.

American Poolplayers Association
Request your copy of the American Poolplayers Association magazine. The American Poolplayers Association (APA) was founded by professional poolplayers Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart in 1979 as the National Pool League, which became the American Poolplayers Association in 1981. The two realized the popularity of the sport, but knew that, different from other sports, there was no existing recreational league system. You must be a member of the American Poolplayers Association to do so. This website provides a request form to obtain your copy of the pool and billiard magazine.

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