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3-cushion carom billiards is played on a billiard table without pockets. The table is normally 10x5 foot. Larger and smaller tables exist, but a carom billiard table’s proportions should always be two times longer than it is wide. The table is normally warmed up to reduce friction between the ball and the cloth.
Carom Billiards is believed to have originated in France during the 1700s. Carom billiards is played with special balls that are a little bigger and therefore a little heavier than normal billiard balls. Three balls are used in carom billiards; one white and one yellow, which are the respective players’ cue balls; as well as one red, which is always neutral.
Today the sport is played by millions around the world. The dominant countries in 3-cushion carom billiards are South Korea, Belgium, Turkey, Vietnam, Japan, Holland, France, and Egypt among others. 3-cushion carom billiards has good possibilities to be included in the Olympic Games in the foreseeable future.