The layout of balls in power snooker
Power Snooker is played on traditional size snooker tables, but with a “modern design and a bespoke Power Snooker baize”. Unlike traditional snooker, in which matches are played as the best of a set odd number of frames irrespective of time taken, Power Snooker matches are played for a fixed 30 minute game play period, with the balls being continually re-racked. The winner is the player who has scored the most cumulative points by the end of the fixed game play period, with ties settled with a single re-spotted black. The 30 minute game clock is halted between frames. Also unlike traditional Snooker, which uses 15 red balls racked in a triangle shape, Power Snooker matches use just nine red balls in a diamond shape.
Scoring and shot clock
Basic play in Power Snooker is scored in the same way as traditional snooker. On the break-off shot however, the starting player keeps his turn at the table as long as two reds hit a cushion. Power Snooker play is kept to a quick pace through the use of a shot clock with all shots having a twenty second limit. If the player exceeds the shot clock the player is penalised 20 points, and their opponent can resume play, or can elect to let the other player to play on. A century break is rewarded with 50 bonus points, and if the player can repeat this in the second consecutive frame, this doubles to 100 points, and in a third consecutive frame, to 200 points. This reward for century breaks was, however, removed in 2011. After a foul shot, the opponent gets a “ball in hand” and can resume play from anywhere in the baulk area.
Power Ball, Power Play, and Power Zone
Power Snooker uses the concepts of the Power Ball, Power Play, and Power Zone. The Power Ball is dark red and is placed in the centre of the diamond rack, identified by a special logo, and is worth two points. When the Power Ball is potted, a two minute Power Play period starts, where all points values are doubled. If a shot is missed however, the opponent can also benefit from the remaining Power Play time. The Power Ball changed in 2011 to a red striped ball. On the Power Snooker table, the baulk area is known as the Power Zone. Any colour ball potted from a shot originating in the Power Zone counts for double, and if potted during a Power Play, quadrupled. In 2011 this was extended to the red balls as well. If a player fouls during a Power Play or in the Power Zone, their points penalty doubles, and if the foul shot originated in a Power Zone and during a Power Play, the penalty quadruples.
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