What is your grace's opinion on playing billiards, and what is the ruling on buying and selling it and playing it?

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from Iraq, in:
Religious Authority: 
Ali al-Sistanti
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
What is your grace's opinion on playing billiards, and what is the ruling on buying and selling it and playing it?

It is not permissible if bets are placed, and even without placing bets it is considered a form of gambling. On this premise, it is not permitted to buy and sell it [billiards' games].

ما هو راي سماحة السيد بلعبة (البيليارد) و ما حکم بيعها وشرائها واللعب بها؟ لايجوز مع الرهان بل وبدونه إن عدّت لعبة قمارية ولايجوز بيعها وشرائها في الفرض.