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Bar Pool Table Vs. Regulation Pool Table

Bar Pool Table Vs. Regulation Pool Table

After not playing for about 50 years I am slowly getting back to playing pool. I have been practicing and playing for about 6 months. I'm thinking about league play, and I would like some opinions on the difference between playing on the bar tables versus a regulation table. I have not made up my mind which way I want to go, into a bar league or an in-house league at a billiards parlor (less traveling) . My night vision leaves a lot to be desired, and I try to avoid a lot of night travel.

The aging one...

Bar Pool Table Vs. Regulation Pool Table

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  1. quickshotbilliardsforum on 3/30/2008 2:10:07 PM

    If you have the time to travel (i.e.: retired) then a bar league may be more fun and less stagnant than an in-house league. If you have time, you can just travel during the day. On the other hand, an in-house billiard league can be good in that you are in one spot, and you tend to develop a good camaraderie with those in the league as compared with the level of camaraderie you typically get in circuit leagues.

    On a side note, may I ask what got you out of billiards 50 years ago, and what made you decide to pick up a cue again? Just curious.

    I expect a few others to weigh in on your question within the next few days. There are a few other older players on the forum who will no doubt have some decent advice on which pool league to join.

  2. quickshotFenwick on 3/30/2008 3:30:06 PM

    The night vision makes me play in a Billiard hall as the lighting is better. In low light my vision is 30/30-30/40 with ReZoom lens implants because of having had Cataracts. Indoor good lighting, I'm 20/30 20/40. You may also have trouble on a bigger table. Billiard glasses can help allot. There is a maker of Billiard, Snooker glasses in Canada. What is your definition of, bar tables versus a regulation table? 6 verses 8 or 9 foot. I think a 8 is easier because it has more room then a 6 and larger side pockets but less Green then a 9.

  3. quickshotquickshot on 3/30/2008 8:24:46 PM

    Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back.

    Over the course of 50 years or so, There was 2 wives, seven kids, three homes and a host of other annoying things. How I returned, was, that I got bored and took a part-time job in an apartment complex community room. There are two pool tables there (bar size) and I began to spend a lot of my free time taking advantage of them. At first just to pass the time, but the old interest began to surface so I'm off on another venture. Most of the leagues around here are night leagues as most of the players work during the day or go to school.

    Thanks for your advice. Something will work out, and right now I'm working on getting my skill level up.

  4. quickshottedmauro on 3/31/2008 1:05:43 AM

    When deciding on which league to play in, ask yourself if you would be interested in attending your leagues National Event. Most Pool leagues hold their National Tournaments in Las Vegas. These are all played on 7 foot bar box pool tables. Seven foot Valley Cougar tables used to be the most common but now it is the Diamond Smart Table. (Bar Size seven foot) I will be playing May 10th (9:30 in the morning) Riviera Hotel Vegas for the BCA (Billiard Congress of America) Nationals. I play league out of a bar with the bar size Diamond Tables and Simonis cloth just like they use at the Nationals. This helps a bunch in getting used to the tables.

  5. quickshotquickshot on 3/31/2008 9:32:30 AM

    Ted: Thanks for the info. I'm currently visiting some of the 1/2 dozen billiard halls in my area to try and get a feel for the larger table. After that I'll check out some of the bars the league uses. The tables that is. From what I've heard from a couple of league friends some of the bar tables are not well taken care off.

  6. quickshottreehumper on 3/31/2008 12:17:30 PM

    I started on regulation size snooker tables so going to 7' tables feel like playing on a kids table. My preference is for 8 or 9' tables in a billiard hall. For me the tables tend to be kept in better shape vs. the bar tables. If the bar tables are coin-op then they don't respond to spin the same way.

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Bar Pool Table Vs. Regulation Pool Table

  • Title: Bar Pool Table Vs. Regulation Pool Table
  • Author: (Jim Walsh)
  • Published: 3/30/2008 1:56:54 PM