The layout of balls in six-red snooker

Six-red snooker (sometimes spelled six-reds, 6-red, and also known as super 6s), is a variant of snooker, but with only six red balls initially on the table as opposed to the standard fifteen.


In Six-red snooker, the traditional game of snooker is shortened, with fewer red-balls to pot. All the usual Snooker rules apply with the following exceptions:

1. There will be no more than five consecutive Foul and a Miss calls at any one time.
2. After four consecutive Foul and a Miss calls, the referee will warn the offending player that should a Foul and a Miss be called again the following options are available to the non-striker:
(i) play himself from where the balls have come to rest;
(ii) ask his opponent to play from where the balls have to come to rest;
(iii) place the cue ball anywhere on the table, but this option cannot be taken if play has reached the “snookers required” stage.
3. A player cannot snooker behind a nominated colour at any time.

The maximum break in six-red snooker is 75, as compared to 147 for traditional snooker. The table is the same size as in the traditional 15-red game. The format was designed to feature shorter frames, due to fewer red balls.[1] Other formats are being considered as well.[1]

It was hoped that the format would revive the popularity of snooker as a spectator sport, in the same way Twenty20 has done to cricket.[2] Jimmy White said that six-red snooker could be one way of helping boost the game's popularity.[3] Ali Carter also said he would be interested in playing the format.[4]

The first international tournament in this format was contested in July 2008, with Ricky Walden defeating Stuart Bingham in the final. A six-red tournament was held during the 2009 World Snooker Championship as a sideshow, involving one-frame knockout matches. In the final veteran Tony Knowles defeated 13-year-old Ross Muir 52–18.[2] Tickets were initially free; however, future events would have been pay-to-enter.[5] The first world championship was held in Ireland between 15–18 December 2009. Mark Davis beat Mark Williams 6–3 in the final, becoming the first world champion of the six-red snooker format.[6]

Since this time, the six-red World Championship has been contested in the regular season calendar, and also in the Asian Indoor and Martial arts games.


  1. ^ a b "World Snooker chief rejects claims of the sport's demise". London: Sport Revue. 13 April 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Knowles is crowned Super 6 king". BBC Sport. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  3. ^ "'Super6s' can be future of snooker - White". BBC Sport. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Carter fells like a Contender". Sporting Life. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  5. ^ "Snooker starlet Ross Muir beaten by veteran Knowles in exhibition challenge". Daily Record. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Davis makes his Mark in Killarney". Global Snooker. 18 December 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2009.

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