Different versions of Snooker
The main version of snooker is the one described in the International Billiards and Snooker Federation rules of snooker. The IBSF rules are a part of the BCA rule book since 1993.
The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association uses its own set of rules in its tournaments (these are the tournaments where players such as Stephen Hendry, John Parrot, Steve Davis and Jimmy White play in) including the World Professional Snooker Championships. The most important difference in these rules is the MISS rule, which is given more exact guidelines in the professional rules.
A rule committee has been started to take care of the rules, including changes and rewrites. We will probably hear more about this later this year.
The United States Snooker Association is a member of the IBSF and as such uses its rules in its tournaments.
Chinese snooker is not a game, it is a situation where the cue ball is very close to a ball not on and all balls on that are visible require the striker to play over that ball (with a raised cue butt and bridge).
The 1990 BCA Official Rules and Record book has this description of American snooker: "American snooker is a cousin of snooker as it is played widely around the world: the rules giving it a distinct orientation toward the structure of many American pocket billiard games."
Some mappings between terms
Differences in equipment
Differences in the game
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