Fact #1302: Billiards is called “Pool” because of horse race “poolrooms.” In the 1800s betting parlors were called poolrooms, “pool” referring to a collective bet. Billiard tables were installed in poolrooms for people to pass time between races. Eventually the phrase “shooting pool” meant playing billiards.

Source: http://www.thebilliardshop.com/history-of-pool-and-billiards

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