10 Facts about pool playing you never knew

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Most of us know how to at least pick up a cue, aim it in the general direction of the white ball and get a few shots in here and there. However, what most of us don't know is that there are some pretty cool facts about the game of pool.

Here are just 10 awesome random facts to bring out next time you're celebrating an occasion or even a corporate event at Kingpin.

1. First world championship

Have you ever wondered which sport was the first on the planet to have a world championship? Probably not, but if you do, it was billiards back in 1873.

2. What's the green part made of?

The felt on a pool table has pretty much stayed the same for the past 400 years. It's mostly wool, but there are some manufacturers who use wool and nylon blends.

3. Worried about injuries?

Pool is the game for you - it's one of the safest sports in the world. There's nothing to fall off, no one trying to hit you or tackle you, and none of that ridiculous running and jumping malarkey. In fact, you'll only manage to work up a sweat if you end up getting into a heated match and stressing about the win. What a perfect sport!

4. Old dogs, new tricks

Research suggests that billiards champions are the oldest on average for any sport at 35.6 years. This just proves that it's never too late to start.

5. Chalk that isn't chalk

The chalk you use in the tip of the cue doesn't actually contain real chalk. It used to, but is now a mix of silica and an abrasive substance like corundum or aloxite.

6. Pool ball materials

The balls themselves have changed for the better, too. Now, they're made from resin, but back in the day, they were made from ivory.

7. Who did it first?

It's hard to say when the first pool table was built, but this honour is usually bestowed upon King Louis XI of France. According to stories, his table was made of stone with a cloth covering, and had just one hole in the middle to aim for.

8. The invention of banks

Originally, the walls, or banks, on a pool table were just there to stop the balls falling off the edge. Savvy players quickly realised that they could bounce the balls off these walls (which were originally just rails) to nail their shot.

9. The great leveler

Pool is one of those sports that has brought people together for centuries - both the masses and the elite have played together since its inception.

10. Where it all began

It's believed that pool and billiards originally evolved from a croquet-type game somewhere in the 15th century, probably in France, but certainly in northern Europe.

Now that you have soaked all that up, you can put it into action at the work Christmas Party or even your Kid's Birthday celebration!