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Running Bar Room Pool Tournaments on Coin-Op Pool Tables


Running Bar Room Pool Tournaments on Coin-Op Pool Tables

Hi, I am hosting a tournament soon and had a question. The entry fee is gonna be $5 or $10 and will all be paid back to the winners. The tables are coin operated though, who typically pays for the games? Is it the players responsibility?

Running Bar Room Pool Tournaments on Coin-Op Pool Tables

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  1. JumpinJsquickshot on 6/23/2009 9:33:47 AM

    The players usually pay for the games unless other arrangements are made. Lay out the rules in black and white so there are no misunderstanings between the house and the players. With $$$$$ involved there may be a rule about permits.
    I'm sure you will hear from other nations.

  2. JumpinJsNursey1313 on 6/24/2009 3:05:25 PM

    I have been in tournaments with coin tables before, and the owner of the bar paid for the table time. I guess it could go either way. Good Luck with your tourney JumpinJ's. :)

  3. JumpinJsdkrager on 6/24/2009 4:20:38 PM

    I play in bar tournaments all the time. The house generally opens the tables up so players can use a regulation cue ball. The house makes their money from the increased food and beverage sales the players bring in.

    Cheers, Dave

  4. JumpinJsMitch Alsup on 6/24/2009 5:15:48 PM

    At my bar, we ante up $5 for the tourney. Then each player pays $0.25 ($0.50 tables) for each game. Flip coins for the break We play a double elimination; sudden death (race to 1):: format Winner gets 75%, second gets 25% (of what's left) Minimum of 8 players Never needed any maximum but its a potential problem.

  5. JumpinJsAMGprecision on 8/29/2009 8:40:56 AM

    At the tourney I play we have $.75 tables and each player pays a quarters worth. Then, whoever loses the lag has to pony up the extra quarter. Something to consider if your tables cost that amount...

  6. JumpinJsScratch8 on 3/7/2012 1:27:39 PM

    I've never played bar tournaments where they didnt open the tables, as it was said before it allows you to use a red dot and the bar usually plans the tournaments on slow nights so they make more money on drinks/food/whatever than they would without the tournament.

  7. JumpinJsallanpsand on 5/2/2013 12:35:54 PM

    Depending on how the owner feels, the table is opened and a measles ball is used. If he's irritated for any reason, each player puts up half. This way players that get knocked out early don't have to pony up any more than they play.

    My buddy runs his tournaments with two tables and triple elimination ladders.

    Everyone puts up $5 with 50 cents going towards the 8 ball on the break pot (continuous). Last week it was at $48 bucks. The rest is paid out % (35/25/20/20) - in an average field of 8 - 11 players. If he gets 12 or more a fifth place prize is added.

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Running Bar Room Pool Tournaments on Coin-Op Pool Tables

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  • Published: 6/23/2009 9:23:07 AM