The cue sport of three-cushion billiards, sometimes referred to as three-cushion carom or three-rail, is a popular form of carom billiards. In this form, the objective is two folds, the cue ball has to be caromed off of the object ball and also make contact with the rail cushions at least three times before the last object ball is struck. The game originated in the United States where it is the most popular, and is also played in Europe, Asia and South America.
A player scores one point for every successful carom. It is not necessary for the cue ball to make contact with three different cushions, the same cushion can be contacted multiple times as long the cushions are contacted at least three times.
The game is very difficult to play than what it seems. Professional and world-class players usually just score an average of about 1 to 2 points per play.
Most games are played for a fixed number of points accepted by both the players. Major tournaments are played in sets of fifteen points.
The three-cushion championship is the oldest tournament which has be conducted since the late 1920s. The other major tournaments held for the sport are the CEB European Three-cushion Championship and the Three-Cushion World Cup.
- Carom Billiards — A cue sport played on a felt-covered table with cues and billiard balls, in which the object is to score points by caroming your cue ball off both the opponent's cue ball and the object ball(s) with a single shot.
- See Cue Sports (general)