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    One of the greatest players in snooker history, Stephen Hendry now has a new role – that of global ambassador for Chinese pool and billiards. The seven-time snooker world champion signed an agreement on Wednesday with the Joy Chinese Pool Sports Development Co Ltd to promote Chinese pool, an 8-ball game, which combines the precision more .....

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    Any chance of a link to what this chinese pool actually is? I cant find anything online at all. Or does anyone know the rules, balls used, table used etc?

    Or is it just 9 ball?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Deepscrew View Post
      Any chance of a link to what this chinese pool actually is? I cant find anything online at all. Or does anyone know the rules, balls used, table used etc?

      Or is it just 9 ball?
      I was wondering the same thing myself, I thought I heard someone mention that it is a form of 8-ball...
      Last edited by Tred; 8th May 2012, 10:36 PM.

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      • #4
        I know what Chinese Snooker is. My jammy mate does it often enough but Chinese pool is a new one on me

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Deepscrew View Post
          Any chance of a link to what this chinese pool actually is? I cant find anything online at all. Or does anyone know the rules, balls used, table used etc?

          Or is it just 9 ball?
          I think I found it. He must be getting paid a lot of money to represent it. It's definitely a very watchable game that I think could do well on television. It does look challenging.

          Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_eight-ball
          Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz84X-WrhLY
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          • #6
            Originally posted by thelongbomber View Post
            I think I found it. He must be getting paid a lot of money to represent it. It's definitely a very watchable game that I think could do well on television. It does look challenging.

            Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_eight-ball
            Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz84X-WrhLY
            Thanks for digging that out! Watched the youtube video, it started out well but then went downhill.

            FWIW, I can't see it catching on. For me anyway, it combines the worse parts of 8-ball and billiards not the best. I can't see it being played in pubs as it'll take too long to play a game (although I suppose that might be a good way of getting VFM on a coin-operated table).

            I'd be interested to see how well Hendry plays it. But then again, I'd be far more interested in seeing him play billiards, 9-ball or carom...

            He really left snooker for this? What a waste! They must be paying him a fortune!!! At least if he took up 9-ball he could be a top player, I just don't see this catching on..

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            • #7
              Looks a terrible game. Surely you have to pot them in some sort of order or else too easy

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              • #8
                I think it's a cruel and sadistic joke he is leaving snooker for that. Blasphemy!
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                • #9
                  If he's making good money then good for him for profiting off his reputation.


                  It's too bad he's not promoting snooker over there though.

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                  • #10
                    Good luck to him has to make a living.

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                    • #11
                      Wow that looks terrible, hope they are paying him a lot.

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                      • #12
                        No, no, this couldn't possibly be it. What longbomber posted is kind of casual past time game variant for ordinary American pool. I couldn't imagine something like this being popular anywhere in the world.

                        I've read somewhere on AZbilliards board that this Chinese pool thing basically 8ball that is played on 9ft table with snooker cut pockets and possibly snooker like napped cloth. Not sure about ball dimensions or colours. Yellows and reds or solids and stripes? No idea, but whatever the game really looks like, I'm sure Hendry is pretty good at it.

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                        • #13
                          I don't know why he would want to promote that. I agree that he should do American 8 or 9 ball and smash them at that. Hell he could properly dominate uk8ball for the rest of his days! I couldn't stop laughing throughout that video. Lol.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ace man View Post
                            No, no, this couldn't possibly be it. What longbomber posted is kind of casual past time game variant for ordinary American pool. I couldn't imagine something like this being popular anywhere in the world.

                            I've read somewhere on AZbilliards board that this Chinese pool thing basically 8ball that is played on 9ft table with snooker cut pockets and possibly snooker like napped cloth. Not sure about ball dimensions or colours. Yellows and reds or solids and stripes? No idea, but whatever the game really looks like, I'm sure Hendry is pretty good at it.
                            Well, if that's the case, then it's not so bad at all.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FerruleFox View Post
                              It's too bad he's not promoting snooker over there though.
                              I think Barry Hearn's got that covered. He's doing a fine job in that respect, even though I don't support all his decisions.

                              My worry is that China doesn't produce a world champion in the next 3-5 years (as good as Ding is, there's no guarantee he will even win the WC) and the game starts to lose its popularity over there. Considering how many tournaments are going over to China, that could be the death blow to snooker if it happened. We are kind of dependent on them now we have committed so much.

                              And the other young Chinese players? Yeah, some good ones, but I don't see a possible future world champion (aside from Ding). Do you?

                              On Hendry - I'm sure I've heard him say over the years that he doesn't like pool. Clearly, it's a financial move. Can't see him doing it for very long. And yes, despite all his valid reasons, I do think he retired 12-24 months too early. All he was lacking was confidence, and a Quarter Final at the WC could have set him up nicely for next season...

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