The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA, also known as the World Snooker Association) is the governing body of world snooker and English Billiards. Snooker is a Cue sport that is played on a large Baize -covered table with pockets in each of the four corners and in the middle of each of the long English billiards, called simply billiards in many former British colonies and in Great Britain where it originated also known variously as the English game It is sometimes mistakenly assumed that the "P" in "WPBSA" stands for "Pool", but in fact, the organisation does not include pool in its remit. Pocket billiards, most commonly referred to as pool, is the general term for a family of games played on a specific class of Billiards table, having 6 receptacles
It was founded in 1968 as the Professional Billiard Players' Association. Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Its subsidiary, World Snooker, is responsible for running and administering snooker’s main ranking circuit events. The WPSBA is also responsible for organising invitation events such as the Masters. The Masters (known formally as the Saga Insurance Masters, for sponsorship purposes and for many years the Benson and Hedges Masters) is a professional The head office is based in Bristol, England. Bristol ( ˈbrɪstəl is a city, Unitary authority and ceremonial county in South West England, west of London England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland
The WPBSA is also responsible for the rules and regulations of snooker, including disciplinary matters. The current chairman of the WPBSA board is Sir Rodney Walker.