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History of Pin Billiards
Unfortunately, despite much searching, this author has found minimal material on the European game of Pin Billiards. It could be a derivative of Carom Billiards - at some point in the past, somebody may have decided to add some skittles to their usual game to spice it up and the result was Pin Billiards and possibly, Bar Billards too. Alternatively, it might be a direct descendant of the original Billiards game - Port & King Billiards wherein the hoop was dispensed with and the skittles multiplied. There seem to be two main forms of the game - Italian Five Pin Billiards (played on a table without pockets) and Danish Pin Billiards (played on a table with pockets) but it isn't clear which came first. The latter is played pretty much only in its home country whereas Italian Five Pin Billiards is also known as International Pin Billiards, presumably as a testament to the fact that it has spread to many other countries of central Europe and also South America.
The author is keen to obtain more information on the origin of Pin Billiards and Bar Billiards. If you have any information, pictures or insight that you can send, it would be much appreciated.
Danish Pin Billiards
International Five Pin Billiards
In Italy, a slightly expanded version of 5-Birilli is played called 9-Birilli or Goriziana with, you guessed it, 9 skittles.
Yet another version appears that is called Boccette played with 4 white balls and 4 red balls upon the 5-Birilli table with the same 5 skittles..
Den Danske Billard Union (The Danish Billiard
Federazione Italiana Biliardo Sportivo
(The Italian Billiards Federation) Look under "Sezione - Stecca"
(the Stick section).
Billiard Club Sottevillais in France playing International 5 pin billiards.
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