Poll: Snooker penalty values: variable or fixed

Do you think snooker would be better with a variable penalty value or a fixed penalty value?


  • Total voters
    2

RubixOne

Member
Variable: amount of penalty points awarded for a foul/penalty varies depending on the situation.
Fixed: amount of penalty points awarded for a foul/penalty is the same for all fouls and penalties.

For the curious, the Wikipedia page on Snooker can be found here.
 

Swighey

AzB Silver Member
Silver Member
Variable. When a frame is close but one player needs one or more snookers to win, the increasing value of the colours forces the player to decide whether to go for snookers early, or pot the smaller colours and go for more valuable snookers later on. Rarely seen on TV where the pros are running out pretty much all the time, but a very important part of the game.

The only thing that needs fixing is that when a red(s) is potted on a foul shot the penalty should be 8 for each red potted.
 

pt109

WO double hemlock
Silver Member
Variable: amount of penalty points awarded for a foul/penalty varies depending on the situation.
Fixed: amount of penalty points awarded for a foul/penalty is the same for all fouls and penalties.

For the curious, the Wikipedia page on Snooker can be found here.
Curious, why do you think a change should be considered?
 

RubixOne

Member
Curious, why do you think a change should be considered?
I'm not necessarily saying that a change should be considered in snooker, except maybe some simplifications of the rules that maintain fairness (foul and a miss is particularly problematic fairness-wise). I mainly put this poll out so that I could make the penalty values in my own variant of snooker, Snookerpool, more fair. I decided to fix the issue by just using the highest of either four points or the value of the highest valued ball that is hit first by the cue ball.
 

RubixOne

Member
The only thing that needs fixing is that when a red(s) is potted on a foul shot the penalty should be 8 for each red potted.
The penalty value is fine as it is. I think the real problem with the game is the foul and a miss rule, especially for ametuers.
 

justnum

Billiards Improvement Research Projects Associate
Silver Member
Counting in snooker is too complicated. Its more complicated than scoring in scrabble (american board game).
 

RubixOne

Member
Counting in snooker is too complicated. Its more complicated than scoring in scrabble (american board game).
Once you get used to the scoring system it isn't too bad. The real problem is how the pros handle fouls (particularly foul and a miss).
 
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