Online Billiards - The Next Big Thing in Virtual Gaming

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Whilst online poker and backgammon have taken the world by storm, a new online game has been gaining momentum. Online billiards is the latest internet gaming craze set to burst onto our screens.

Discover a world of online billiard games at BilliardMagic.

Whilst online poker and backgammon have taken the world by storm, a new online game has been gaining momentum. Online billiards is the latest internet gaming craze set to burst onto our screens.

Billiards covers all sports played on a baize-covered table with a cue, including snooker, various versions of pool, such as 8-ball and 9-ball pool, and carom, popular in Asia and South America.

Snooker is the British version of billiards, and is played on a larger table with 15 red balls and 6 different coloured balls, plus the white cue ball. Snooker works on points, while in pool, the aim is to pocket the most balls.

Pool is the American version of the game and probably the most played version worldwide. In 8-ball, one player plays solids, and the other stripes. The first to pocket all their balls gets to take a shot at the black 8-ball.

Carom is a lesser-known version of billiards, also called carambole, the name deriving from a red Asian fruit resembling the red ball. In carom, players aim to hit two object balls with one stroke.

A new site has been launched that offers all these games online in one place - Billiard Magic is dedicated to all kinds of billiards games, featuring tournament play and strategy advice.

Online pool and snooker have really taken off in recent years, and the software is now catching up to the demand. Cutting edge technology gives an authentic pool experience, based on accurate physics. Players use the mouse to angle the cue and hit the ball, varying the strength of the shot by speed, just as in real life.

For regulars online snooker players, the online version takes a little getting used to, but it's a lot of fun once the concept is grasped. Part of the fun is joining the online billiards community and meeting other players of all talents and nationalities.

For more information or to play online pool or snooker, log on to http://www.billiardmagic.com.

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