What is Blackball?

Blackball, also known as reds and yellows or English eight-ball, is a pool (pocket billiards) game originating in the United Kingdom and popular across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa with popularity growing.

In the UK and Ireland it is usually called simply “pool”. The game is played with sixteen balls (a cue ball and fifteen usually unnumbered object balls) on a small (6 ft × 3 ft or 7 ft × 3 ft 6 in) pool table with six pockets.
Blackball is an internationally standardised variation of the popular bar and club game eightball pool (a.k.a. eight-ball pool or 8-ball pool), closely related to the originally American and now professionally internationalised game eight-ball.

The two main sets of playing rules are those of the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA, the International Olympic Committee-recognised governing body of pool) and its affiliate the European Blackball Association (EBA), known as “blackball rules”, and the older code of the World Eightball Pool Federation (WEPF), often referred to as “world rules” or the “eightball pool rules”.

ITS OFFICIAL – PotBlack NZ is named exclusive New Zealand Distributor for Blackball UK Tables which have been selected for this year’s Blackball World Championships in Geelong, Melbourne, Australia – November 2020 [its going to be huge!]

We’ve celebrated with a soft launch of the product by flying in two Blackball UK Pool Tables and trucking them to New Zealand’s very own Blackball township on South Island’s West Coast, where invited players enjoyed the hospitality of the Blackball [formerly] Hilton Hotel and experienced Blackball rules in true kiwi fashion.

It was pub pool as it was meant to be, played amongst friends and family; it was never going to be serious but there were still reputations and scores to be upheld and revered prizes to be won; and the event now goes down in history as the 1st Blackball tournament in New Zealand playing Blackball Rules, on Blackball Tables, in Blackball.

On a more serious footnote: If you are considering playing at this year’s World Blackball Championships, please contact us at PotBlack to discuss table supply or to reserve a free practice session [conditions apply] – sales@potblack.co.nz

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