The game of billiards originated in the 15th century. However, snooker is a younger invention. The game was first introduced in
Snooker competitions date back to the early 20th century when Joe Davis, undoubtedly the best snooker player of the time, made a large contribution to establishing the first professional snooker world championship, and won its main prize. He continued to win all subsequent world championships until 1946. The prize that he donated many years ago is still presented to the world champion of snooker.
Modern snooker is immensely popular in the
The amateur game of snooker is governed by the International Snooker and Billiards Federation
The most significant competition in professional snooker sport is the Embassy Snooker World Championship, held once a year since 1927 (excluding years from 1958 to 1963). Since 1977, the event has been consistently held in
However, owing to the fact that tobacco companies can no longer sponsor sporting events following 2005, the Embassy World Championship will be sponsored by other industries. This will result in World Championships change its regular venue in the nearest future.
The group of snooker competitions that come next in significance are the ranking competitions. Players in these snooker competitions are awarded world ranking points. Players with top rankings are granted qualification for subsequent year's competitions, an advantageous draw in snooker tournaments and invitations to invitational competitions.
Third in line of most prestigious snooker competitions are the invitational championships, to which the largest part of the top-ranked snooker players are invited. The most significant event in this line is Snooker the Masters.
Most notable players
Other remarkable players: Peter Ebdon (England), Ken Doherty (Republic of Ireland), John Pulman (