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Pankaj Advani wins 7th National Billiards Title

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India’s star cueist and 12-time world champion, Pankaj Advani lifted his seventh national billiards title by defeating Dhruv Sitwala at the National Billiards Championship. On September 2014, Pankaj Advani announced his retirement from Snooker and decided to focus on Billiards.

Knowledge is Wealth

What is the Difference between Snooker and Billiards?

1) Billiards is played with three balls – white, red and yellow.  While in Snooker, there are 15 red balls and there is one of each white, yellow, green, brown, blue, pink, black colored balls. 

2) In Billiards Yellow and White are Cue balls (one for each). While in Snooker, there in only one Cue ball – White. 

3) In both the games, a player has to hit other balls with the Cue ball and score maximum points.


Billiards was first played in 16th Century.

Snooker was first played in 19th century by the British officers of Jabalpur (currently Madhya Pradesh) in India.

The official set of rules for snooker were first drafted in 1882 at Ootacamund (Ooty or Udhagamandalam) in Madras Province.