The Rules of Snooker – EXPLAINED!


Ninh explains the Rules of Snooker – a popular cue sports table game from England.
This is a beginner’s explanation of Snooker Rules.
Watch this short video tutorial guide on how to play Snooker under World Snooker Rules.
Learn about potting, snookered, fouls, free balls, maximum break 147 and more!

Also discuss on Reddit!

Video: Copyright Eurosport, World Snooker, WPBSA (I do not own any video footage – I claim FAIR USE).
Images: Google, Ronnie O’Sullivan
Music: ‘Drag Racer’ by The Doug Wood Band
Narrated, Directed and Produced by Ninh Ly

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  1. Here is a response to the 'tin foil hat wearing conspiracy nuts' indicating that the maximum break is actually 155.
    Under normal conditions, the maximum break is 147. This is widely considered fact and is taken as the maximum that a player can score BY THEMSELVES in one trip to the table, WITHOUT the assistance of fouls.
    Once you start adding fanciful and unrealistic scenarios that a pro player would foul on the black on the very first shot (they wouldn't) or be given a free ball near to the start of the game (unlikely), some uneducated individuals insist that the maximum break is 155. This has never happened in the history of professional snooker.

    But then you can take it hypothetically further … a player fouls on the black on the very first shot, the other player asks him to repeat the shot, he fouls on the black again, the other player asks him to repeat the shot, he fouls on the black AGAIN, but this time, the other player comes to the table and then scores the maximum 147. This leaves the final score 168 – 0.

    So therefore the maximum break is 168.
    Or is it 175?
    Or is it 770?

    Has any score over 155 ever happened in the professional game? Nope.

  2. I think that would have been a fun game kind of wish it would have been around here in United States more instead of regular old pool

  3. So glad I decided to click on this video in the sidebard after the previous one failed to explain it at all. Excellent video

  4. I'm playing a snooker game on my phone but the rules are never explained. I was wondering why I've been getting foul. This video is helpful and now I wanna play a real snooker 🤣

  5. I'm from latin america and we have a whole bunch of rules completely different from english snooker. However, I love watching english snooker but couldn't understand some of the fouls. Thank you so much for this video!

  6. I always thought snooker was that game where you had to hit the cue ball off 3 walls then hit a target ball. Now I know!

  7. Thank you for making this video, I was trying to explain to my son what Snooker is and this video was very helpful.

  8. So if I break up the reds and one goes in, THEN, the white knocks a coloured ball in. Do I get the maximum points?

  9. Buy a 10'x5' snooker table rather than the traditional 12×6, and you've got yourself the largest regulation size 8 and 9 ball table, as well as the smallest size regulation snooker table!

    Now you just have to figure out where to put all the extra balls 😛

  10. This was helpful, but who is the butler standing off to the side wearing gloves?! Is that the ref? Why is he dressed like Jeeves?

  11. I always felt like snooker is an allegory for Racism. You got the white guy pushing the colored ones into a dark hole lol

  12. I remember my father wanted me to give snooker a try when I was a child after playing american pool

    But I had a hard time following the rules and I was scared by the sheer size of the table hahahahaha

    Now I'd love to give it a proper try but I don't know if there are any good tables left

  13. Thank you for the great video! It really helped me understand the basics. I have a question: If you pot 2 red balls at the same time, what would happen?

  14. Fascinating game. Great explanation. My table is only 4×8 though so not near big enough to accommodate a proper game of snooker.


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