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Hazard - Billiard Term Definition

Welcome to the billiard, pool, and snooker glossary of terms. This is the definition of Hazard as it relates to cue sports. You can also view the entire billiard dictionary

Definition of Hazard

Hazard is a billiards term that is a part of Billiard Technique Terminology.

In cue sports, especially billiards, the term hazard literally means, a pocket, but has many other general uses. The term hazard in cue sports is used in a large number of different games made use of the two types of hazards as point scorers or losers in various different ways thus their suggestive names. The term hazard ultimately comes from holes or pockets in the table which are to be avoided by the shooting player, in very early sets of billiard games and rules. While the term hazard are disused in pocket billiards today, their lingering effect is obvious, as the vast bulk of such games focus on making winning hazards and avoiding losing hazards. In this definition, there is a notable exception with Russian pyramid in which both are legal shots. In golf pool, a hazard is an area of the table, which is sometimes marked, that a shooting player will be penalized for entering if their ball does not leave during the same shot. This sense of the term hazard derives from the use of the term in the outdoor game of golf.

See: losing hazard, winning hazard for more on the meaning of "Hazard".

Hazard - Usage

Watch that your ball doesn't commit a hazard by entering that section of the pool table.

Billiards - Hazard

  • Title: Hazard
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 8/16/2008 10:28:04 AM

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