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The History of Pool: Who, How, Where, and…Billiards?

History of poolIf you happen to be a history buff who also happens to be a fan of games such as pool, you might have wondered about the history of pool. If this is the case, this article is for you (well, for everyone, really…but mainly for you).

We often hear terms such as billiards and pool used interchangeably to describe a cue game. Even though these two games are very similar, there are distinctions in their history and how they are played now. Questions such as who invented the game of pool, how old is the game, where is it most popular, and how does it relate to the game of billiards (if it does) all stem from understanding the history of pool.

As a leader in the billiard and home game room products industry, Games For Fun is not only interested in providing you with high-quality products, but we also want to make sure that you are knowledgeable about the products you will be purchasing. If you are looking to expand your home game room with a pool table, you could start with first learning about the history of pool and how having that knowledge could inspire your home game room decisions!

The History of Pool: Differences Between Pool and Billiards

Before we get into the specifics of the history of the game of pool, we want to emphasize that there is actually a difference between pool and billiards. We have considered this in the past in our article titled The Difference Between Pool, Snooker, and Billiards, but we want to reiterate some key points for good measure.

First, keep in mind that billiards, or cue sports, include all sports that are played with a cue stick and billiard balls on top of a table covered with cloth and with leather (or rubber) borders. Billiards is thus divided into 3 sub-categories: pocket billiards or pool; carom billiards; snooker. The term “pool” is used to refer to billiard games that use pockets (hence the term “pocket billiards”).  So, one of the main differences between pool and billiards is that pool is a type of billiard game. They are not enemies, they are more like father and son, so to speak.

When it comes to table differences, pool tables are at least 3.5’ x 7’ while billiard tables are much larger with a minimum size of 5’ x 10’. The cloth on a pool table also makes the balls travel slower while the cloth on a billiard table makes the balls travel at a faster speed.

Also, billiards is played on a table that has no pockets while the game of pool is played on a table with six pockets. Why the difference in pockets when both games are so often interchangeable? They’re interchangeable by common general misinformation, not because they are actually legitimately interchangeable. This “without” pockets thing is pretty important (kind of like jeans with pseudo-pockets…it makes a difference). The reality is that you could technically play a game of billiards on a pool table, but you will soon learn that the pockets get in the way and could potentially ruin the game. This leads us to the next point of differences in how a game of pool is played versus a game of billiards.

A game of pool is played with 9 to 15 object balls plus an additional cue ball depending on the type of pool you’re playing. Billiards uses 3 balls—one red ball, one white ball with a spot, and one white ball without a spot, and these balls are larger than pool balls.

Objectives: The main objective of billiards is to score points (known as counts) by bouncing one’s own ball off of the other two balls on the table. Points can be scored through potting, in-offs, and cannons. The game is normally played in a race to reach a certain number of points or as a timed game. Meanwhile, in 8-ball pool, there are seven solid and seven striped balls and one 8 black ball. In order to win, the player must pot his specific balls (solids or stripes) then finish with the black 8-ball. In 9-ball pool, only nine balls are on the table. Each player pots the balls in order of number. The person to pot the 9 ball wins.

Now that we got the primary differences of a game of pools and billiards out of the way, we can focus on the history of pool.

Who Invented the Game of Pool: How and Where

History often tells us about the people involved in certain inventions, events, and more. When it comes to the history of pool, the game remains the same! You might read different information regarding when the game of pool was invented. For example, this article called The History of Pool Table says that pool tables were discovered in the fifteenth century and was played by kings in those times. “It was practiced in Europe and at first was played as an outdoor game,” the article says. Yet, in another article called The History of Snooker and Pool, they say that the earliest recorded playing of a recognizable form of billiards was in France in the 1340s

However, despite these discrepancies, both articles note that the game of pool that was originally played as an outdoor lawn game soon became an indoor game with wooden tables and green cloth to resemble the grass on which it had been previously played.

On that same article about the history of the game of pool (and snooker), we get a brief history rundown on how the cue stick and table and what prompted the improvements we know today:

  • The stick was called a mace and was made of wood. When the cue-stick was developed, it replaced the original mace. The cue was only used by men while ladies continued to use the wooden mace. The tables were originally formed with all the edges covered that prevent the ball from falling.
  • After the Industrial Revolution, the game of pool became famous in England and across the world. Players started to increase various functions of the cue and started to put leather tip cues for hitting the ball perfectly and providing some extra technical shots. The wooden tables were replaced by slate material because wood started warping soon and was not durable.

Though there is no name directly linked to who invented the game of pool, King Louis XI of France (1461–1483) is known for having the first indoor billiard table. Talk about being a game for the nobles!

Where to Find the Perfect Pool Table

We see how the history of the game of pool has still remains enjoyable to-date. We can also see that the game of pool has made quite some strides from wooden sticks and grass to, well, wooden sticks and “inspired” grasslike surfaces. The game of pool is most popular in the United States and Canada, played with a white cue ball and fifteen consecutively numbered colored balls. So it is no shock that if you walk into a “billiards” bar, you will likely encounter a pool table.

Games For Fun is proud to carry an array of pool tables available in our showroom and online. If you are interested in pool tables after reading this article, reach out to us for more information! Our team can provide you with everything you need to know about the game of pool. If you would like a history lesson in addition, just be sure to refer back to this article!

If you are not in the area and would prefer to have your questions answered via phone, give us a call at (909) 885-3604.

SOURCES:

https://www.gametablesonline.com/blog/difference-between-billiards-pool-snooker/

https://www.history.co.uk/history-of-sports/history-of-snooker-and-pool

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Talking That Talk: Unique Home Game Product Terminology

Home Game Product Terminology

Interested in understanding home game product terminology like a pro? Well, don’t just leave it to the professionals…we can give you some of that knowledge from the comfort of your home, and we are doing that today.

Tip tapper…pea bottle…ferrule. What do these words all have in common? Well, they all do sound a bit interesting and, aside from the unplanned double consonants, these words are very specific to home game room products. These words also are not the easiest terms to understand at first glance unless you are seriously into billiards and the gaming industry as a whole. Today, Games For Fun is excited to create this beginner-friendly list of interesting home game product terminology so that you can start your gaming knowledge off right.

When it comes to home game room products, knowing what certain terms mean could turn you into a home game room connoisseur (or at least you could fake it until you make it). You could leave the terminology to the professionals like our team at Games For Fun, but if you simply want to get that knowledge from the comfort of your home and on your own terms (pun intended), we have got you covered in this article!

Whether you are a professional gamer or you are a prospective gamer who is interested in acquiring more hands-on gaming knowledge, our goal of this article is to define some terminology. When you are ready to revamp your home gaming room, you will not be totally lost in the woods. Keep in mind that when we say we are going to define gaming terminology, we are not talking about video games. This is strictly for defining home game products, so video game terminology will not be included. Let us take a look at some common home game terminology based on popular home game products, ranging from pool to darts.

Pool Products Terminology

Most people have played a game of pool at least once in their life, and if they have not played it, they have probably observed people playing it. If you own a pool table or are planning to own one, check out these related words below:

  • Bridgehead: Unrelated to both a bridge and head, a bridgehead gives you that extra reach for those hard-to-reach shots. The bridgehead is meant to slide onto your bridge stick (we can never get enough terminology). It will attach with a screw so it won’t slide up and down, essentially allowing you to be locked in for your next difficult cross-table shot. Think of this part as your little helper when trying to make a shot.
  • Tip Tapper: Sounds like some cool lingo from the 1920s, right? The pool cue Tip Tapper is a compact accessory tool with small spikes on one side. It is designed to keep the leather fibers of your cue tip loose, thus limiting the number of potential miscues and allowing your tip to hold to the chalk better.
  • Pea Bottle: This is not about peas in a bottle, though the aesthetic might allude to peas in a bottle. A pea bottle is from an Old Geezer game called Pea Pool (or Kelly Pool), a type of billiard game that uses small numbered balls referred to as “peas” along with a shaker bottle referred to as the Pea Bottle. How to play the game is another story, but at least you know that terminology now if you overhear someone talking about a pea bottle.
  • Ferrule: Right underneath the tip of your cue stick is the ferrule. The ferrule is often white but can be black as well. This part of the cue stick is used to help reinforce your tip as well as limit the vibrations felt when you shoot. For the novice pool player, the ferrule is not something that is often thought about. However, league players and world champions do not want a ferrule that will affect their shot due to inconsistency.

Foosball Products Terminology

  • Rubber Bumper: The rubber bumper is placed on the foosball rod between the player and the washer to dampen the impact of the player hitting the side of the cabinet.
  • Bearing: A well functioning Plastic Foosball Rod Bearing is essential for a smooth and enjoyable game of foosball. This is the part that allows the foosball rod to spin freely with as little friction as possible so that your little guys could have the best possible chance of striking the ball.
  • Washer: If you need to do some laundry, this will not exactly clean your clothes. The Plastic Foosball Rod Washer is designed to go between the bumper and the bearing on a foosball table. Its primary function is to reduce the amount of bounce that the rod has when pushed against the side of the foosball table. The plastic washer also prevents the bumpers from leaving black residue on the walls of the table.

Table Tennis Terminology

  • Strut: There are variations of a strut, but with this particular part, we are not talking about strutting yourself. In table tennis, this is specific to the Kettler brand. The locking strut’s function is to lock the tabletop in an up position. The non-locking strut is designed to help keep the legs in place and guide them when closing and opening your Kettler ping pong table.

 

While there are loads of other home game room terms with the variety of home games available, at least starting with a few terms could hopefully help. What do you think about our selection of pool and billiard, foosball, and table tennis terms? Have you heard some of these before, or maybe you have used them in the past? No matter your reason, there is never such a thing as having too much knowledge!

Maybe you could some of your non-gaming friends and strut your stuff during a game of pool. We want you to know your games just as much as we know them. So, remember, if you have any questions regarding what a specific word means, we would be happy to help you in our showroom in San Bernardino. Not only can we help you define home game product terminology, but we could show you what the product looks like and demonstrate how it works. Visit us right off of the 215 freeway on exit 43 for West 2nd Street!

If you are not in the area or would prefer to stay indoors, simply give us a call at (909) 885-3604 and we will answer any home game questions you may have.

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MCDERMOTT: THE BEST CUES FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS

McDermott cueMaybe you’ve just learned how to pronounce the word “billiards.” Or, perhaps you were born on a pool table and have been holding cue sticks since you came out the womb. Regardless of skill, we at Games For Fun recognize that a person’s pool cue plays a key role in determining the accuracy of their shot.

After being in the billiards industry for 35 years, our team has grown to be experts in every aspect of the sport. And there’s no denying that one of the most important accessories to complete your pool game and pool table aesthetic is your pool cue.

Beginners might wonder, “What exactly is a pool cue?” or “What does my pool cue have to do with the game?” Today, we’re going to either educate you or reinforce your preexisting knowledge of pool accessories. We’ll be focusing on one of our favorite brands, McDermott, and how their cues are changing the pool-playing game.

Be sure to read this article in its entirety because we’ve got a fun activity at the end to test your cue comprehension and pool passion — after all, what’s Games For Fun without a fun game! If you’re racked and ready to go, let’s get to striking!

What’s in a Stick?

In layman’s terms, a pool cue is the stick a person uses to hit the ball into the hole. These sticks are tapered and typically measure about 57–59 inches (about 1.5 m) in length and usually weigh between 16 and 21 ounces (450–600 g), with professionals gravitating toward a 19-ounce (540 g) average. But, enough about the mathematics. Let’s get into the game!

The reason a player’s cue stick is so important rests in the cue tip. In fact, some pool players have invested a lot of money toward customized cue sticks. A person should be able to run their hand all the way down the stick without feeling any abnormalities. And a legitimate high-quality brand cue stick should be almost flawless, with little to no change in smoothness between the tip, ferrule, shaft, and butt.

Regarding the tip of the cue stick, consider this: The tip of your cue stick is the only thing that makes contact with the cue ball. If you can’t make accurate and consistent contact with the cue ball using the cue tip, it’s almost as if you’re playing the game in vain. The type, density, and size of your tip can literally be the difference between a win and a loss.

Why We’re Lovin’ McDermott

Since 1975, McDermott has consistently raised the industry standard for what billiard players expect from a high-quality pool cue. McDermott products use the latest technology, along with the finest materials in the world.

Quality. Craftsmanship is a fine art. McDermott utilizes a process that includes over 150 separate procedures in the construction of each cue. All shafts start from the finest kiln-dried, hand-selected North American Hard Rock maple and turned 11 times for stability. All forearms, handles, and sleeves are handcrafted from the finest and most exotic woods from around the world.

McDermott Cues come in three separate series: H-Series, G-Series, and Select Series. As we delve into McDermott series and product specifics, keep them in mind, as they will come in handy at the end of this article!

H-Series: The brand new H-Series is the first line of cues ever to feature the fully-adjustable Variable Balance Point (VBP) weight system. This breakthrough is made possible by the new patented technology that combines a full-length carbon fiber core with a rail, on which the weights can be repositioned forward or backward inside the cue. No other cue allows you to have this much control over both the weight and balance.

G-Series: McDermott G-Series cues are known for their quality construction, exotic woods, intricate inlays, and limitless customization options. That’s right, this series is equipped with limitless customization options! This means you have the ability to customize the color, wood, add engravings, and more.

Select Series: McDermott Select Series cues are equipped standard with i-Pro Slim or i-3 shafts for high performance at an affordable price. Really, there’s nothing more attractive than an affordable yet high-quality product.

What’s Your Cue?

We’ve discussed the importance of cue sticks and the many options McDermott offers. Using 5 of some of McDermott’s recent products, let’s determine which cue best suits your personality. Your choice could be based on unique features, color, and other qualities!

The i-3. If you like to be in control and know how to finesse, this is for you. Designed for incredible spin and finesse, this shaft is engineered for those who have great control.

The G241. If you’re a classic at heart, but can appreciate some modern elements, this is for you. This has the benefits of advanced technology with a familiar feel as a result of the traditional maple shaft.

The G215. With metallic pink paint and 4 pink pearl inlays, this is for the spunky and bold. If you’re more on the calm and quiet side, beware!

The G502. If people describe you as liking the finer things in life and being adventurous, this is your cue… literally. This is designed with 24 pearl-notched diamond & dot inlays and a lizard-embossed leather strap.

The G407. For the people who like the details. Dark American cherry stain, brass, cocobolo wood, diamond inlays… in turquoise! If you like both look and functionality and aren’t afraid to express yourself, this is designed with you in mind.

Did you guess which cue is best suited for you? Or, maybe you realized the kind of person you are based on your cue of choice. Either way, we hope you learned something new about pull cues and have a newfound interest or reignited love for them just as we do! We also hope you developed a new appreciation for McDermott, their expertise, variety, and zeal for their products!

Where To Get McDermott

Games For Fun is the largest McDermott pool cue supplier on the west coast! With the brand’s wide selection of cues for players of all levels (beginner, intermediate, and expert), there’s no reason why we wouldn’t like McDermott. And there’s no reason why you shouldn’t, either! With the amount of inventory we carry in our showroom, we don’t doubt you’ll be able to find every style of cue McDermott displays in their catalogs.

Stop by our showroom in San Bernardino to try out any McDermott cue style you like. Our team is happy to help you find the perfect cue for your game!

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How to Choose a Pool Cue

How to Choose a Pool CueIf you’re an experienced player, knowing how to choose a pool cuemeans more than just grabbing what is available on the stand. Each cue is different and will provide you with various benefits during your game.In this article, we’ll go over how to choose a pool cue and the various aspects of a cue to consider when making your selection.

How to choose a pool cue and items to consider:

Establish a budget: Pool cues come with a wide price range. So, it is necessary to consider how much you will use your cue, what you’ll use it for, and the amount of money you’re willing to spend on it. Plus, with a specific price in mind, you’ll be better able to narrow down your options. The material from which it’s made, its wrap, and the size are all factors that will affect the price of your pool cue. However, at Game’s For Fun, there is a pool cue fit for every player and budget so you can be sure to find one that’s right for you.Length: The length of cues varies slightly, depending on the needs of the player. On average, most cues will be between 57 to 59 inches. A standard one-piece cue will be at 57 inches, while a two-piece cuewill be 58 inches. One-piece cues are great for keeping in the game room. If you travel with your cue, having a two-piece is much more convenient for storage. If you are below average height or need a cue that is suitable for children, the best option is either 36 inchesor 48 inches. And you’re above average height (6’ 5”) you might choose a cue that is 61 inches long.Weight:The weight of your cue corresponds with the length of your cue. If you are smaller or a junior player, a lighter cue will be much easier to maneuver. Pool cues typically weigh between 17 ounces to 21 ounces. However, most players prefer either 19 or 20-ounce cues. You must establish the correct cue weight for you, as this will affect your shot. So, be sure to try out your cue before purchasing. Check if the cue feels heavy in your back hand as most of the cue’s weight is in the butt end. This is a good indication that you should opt for a lighter cue. Keep in mind that if the cue is too heavy, you can risk lifting the tip of the cue, which will skew your aim. Nobody wants to scratch like that!Cue Tip:Having the proper tip on your cue can transform your pool game dramatically. We carry different sizes and materials to fit every type of cue. Be sure to get the correct tip for your cue, as there are a variety of installment types. Most of our cue tips come in four separate hardness levels: super soft, soft, medium, and hard. Hard cue tips will last longer than softer styles, but they create a more difficult ball spin. Deciding which type of cue tip to get will depend on how often you replace your tip. When the tip begins to wear, it will affect your play.Choose a Comfortable Wrap:The wrap is the part of the cue that you hold with your back hand and that with which you’ll have the most contact. So, you must make sure this is comfortable. Wraps might be made of linen, leather, or rubber, and some may not have a wrap at all. And these are not just for looks. Make sure to hold the cue in your hand and choose a wrap based on whichever feels best to you.One or Two-Piece Cue: These two varieties of cues are designed for either at-home use or travel. If you believe that you will most often keep your cue at home, a one-piece cue should suffice for your needs. These are not made for travel, but they tend to be a bit cheaper and are your best option for home play. If you plan to travel and compete outside of your home, however, we recommend opting for a two-piece cue as these can be broken down into two pieces for easy transport. Plus, when the shaft begins to warp on a two-piece cue, you can easily replace this and retain the butt of the cue.Don’t Forget to Take Practice Shots:While it is important to consider each of these aspects while selecting a pool cue, the most crucial step is to try out cues for yourself! After all, you can take all our advice, know what the pros say, and do plenty of research– but until you try out a cue for yourself, you won’t know which will best suit your playing needs. So, do not hesitate to come by our store and try out our wide selection of pool cues!

Knowing how to choose a pool cue is made easy with McDermott Pool Cues! Now available at Games For Fun:

Whether you just picked up billiards as a hobby or you are an experienced veteran, we have hundreds of cues for every level of player. One of our best sellers here at Games For Fun, McDermott pool cues, is among the West coast’s top distributors. These are proudly made in the U.S.A. and are covered by a lifetime warranty. Our staff is happy to take you around our showroom in San Bernardino and show you all of the models we have available.McDermott manufactures and distributes some of the best pool cues and shafts in the world. As an American company, McDermott is known for its quality construction, exotic materials, and intricate inlays. These fantastic cues and shafts are for sale and are covered by a lifetime warranty against warpage and manufacturing defect here at Games For Fun.We are proud to stock just about every cue in McDermott’s catalog. If you see a McDermott pool stick on our website, that means that it is in stock and will ship within one day! And if you’re looking for a custom pool cue, we will work with you to customize a pool cue to your exact specifications.We hope that this article gave you better insight on how to choose a pool cue. And remember, no matter if you’re a new or experienced player, casual or professional, McDermott brand connoisseur or not, we’ve got you covered! Plus, keep in mind that at Games For Fun, choosing the best pool cue for yourself does not have to be an expensive endeavor. If you are just beginning to play pool, don’t worry about getting the best cue on the market. With our wide selection, you can choose from a variety of styles that can accommodate every level of player, starting at just $12.99. You can check out our entire selection online and at our showroom in San Bernardino. Stop by our store or reach out today and see for yourself all of the possibilities!

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A Guide to Bank Shot Techniques

bank shotLooking to master your next pool tournament? With an accurate, consistent, and ever-sneaky bank shot, you’ll be on your way to pool shark status in no time. Bank shots are billiards’ off-the-backboard slam dunks. And not only do they look impressive enough to intimidate your opponent into forfeiting, but they are particularly useful as well. In this article, we’ll discuss how to master the bank shot in a few easy steps.

What is a bank shot? 

Before we begin, let’s discuss the fundamentals of a bank shot. You may even be wondering what it is. Bank means to bounce a ball off the opposite rails of the pool table to make a shot. This can be done with the cue or object ball and is always taken at a strategic angle. A well-executed bank shot requires two elements: the force at which you shoot the ball and the path it takes. And while they may take a bit of practice, getting these down will significantly refine your billiards game.

One of the most widely accepted methods for the bank shot uses the diamonds on the table. No, we’re talking about a bejeweled billiard table. We mean the series of light-colored dots you’ll notice running down the rails of your table. Pockets are also considered diamond markers for bank shot purposes. And these diamonds help you visualize the angle at which you need to take your bank shot, increasing your accuracy and consistency. Plus, they are easy to use, no matter where on the table you’re playing.

The object in using these diamonds is to aid in making mirrored angles. In other words, if you shoot the object ball into a diamond at a 45-degree angle, it should bounce off the rail at the same angle but in the opposite direction. As long as you shoot straight and with adequate speed, you’ll perfect this move with ease.

Steps to a perfect bank shot:

  1. Number the diamonds along each rail. Beginning with the corner pocket, number each diamond one through five on the foot rail and one through nine on the long rail. While the exact number of diamonds may differ with varying sizes of pool table, a regulation-sized table will include this amount. Fewer diamonds, however, should make no difference in your bank shot performance. What’s important is knowing how to use the diamonds when determining your best shooting angle.
  2. Assign a number position for the cue and object ball. This is based on the diamond closest in proximity to each ball. And when a ball lands in between two diamonds, you can assign intermediate numbers such as ‘4.5.’
  3. Splitting the difference. Your goal in bank shots is first to find the halfway point between your cue and object balls. So to do this, subtract the diamond number of the cue ball from that of the object ball. Divide that number in two. For example, if your cue ball is at one and your object ball is at 4, you’ll get 4-1=3. So, your halfway point would be half of three, or one and a half diamond lengths.
  4. Aim for the diamond at your halfway point. In the example, you’ll shoot for the one and a half diamond point to achieve the perfect mirrored angle. Once you’ve determined your target and positioned your cue in a 45-degree angle, you’re ready to bank the object ball straight into the diamond and ideally into the pocket!

Keep in mind that speed plays a crucial factor in your backshots. The harder you hit the ball, the tighter the angle and the softer your hit, the wider the angle. Determining the halfway point, creating a 45-degree angle, and making the shot at an appropriate speed is far from easy. However, with sufficient practice, this bank shot will lend consistency and precision to your billiards game.While practice makes perfect, it’s only possible with a great table. So if you’re in the market for a pool table to call you own and for unlimited practice shots, call on us. We at Games for Fun are stocked with the right table for you and at a great price. Reach out today for billiard tables for every level as well as supplies for every other game you can imagine.

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How Much Room do You Need For a Pool Table?

pool guideImagine:

You come home with a shiny new pool table on which a game has never been played. It’s regulation size, fully accessorized, and ready for some serious play. What’s not ready, however, is your non-regulation sized basement. You and your fellow pool sharks are faced with a four-walled obstacle. You squeeze around the sides, practice yoga moves with every shot, and are in too close of proximity one another’s cues. And when the excitement of your new game dissipates, you’re left with an over-crowded table that no one wants to use. Waste of money, huh? So, make sure that you have enough room for your table!

 

Regulation size:

When one considers a regulation size pool table, they often imagine the 4 ½ ft. by 9 ft. tournament table. However, it can also refer to tables that are merely twice as long as they are wide. And most people have a “Home Eight†in their homes, or an 8 ft. by 4 ft. table. So, as you prepare to make way for your new table, keep in mind the size of your purchase and its relation to your available space.

 

Measuring your space: 

The first step in selecting and purchasing your pool table should involve measuring the area in your home. And remember, it will not suffice for just your pool table to fit. You must consider the pool cues and players that will have to fit around the table, as well. So, consider how close the butt of your cue is to the wall while you’re playing. Will it touch or get too close with any particular angle? Imagine how each scenario might affect your game.

 

A general rule of thumb:

pool guideYou’ll be guaranteed enough space if you follow this general rule of thumb. Your pool room should be the length and width of the pool table plus two times the length of the cue. Use this chart for reference with your pool table size:

Although this chart accounts for cue pieces that are 58†long, you may consider using a short cue for smaller spaces as long as it is not under 48â€.

 

What if there’s an obstruction? 

Several large rooms, especially on lower levels, will have a load-bearing beam or pole. In this case, you can set up your pool table, so this obstruction is positioned on its side rather than on the end. This is beneficial as most shots are taken from the rack end of a pool table. Plus, for break shots, the cue ball can be repositioned to avoid whatever may be in your way. You might even consider buying a shorter cue, which comes as small as 36 inches, for the times when you can’t get around an obstruction. And if you’re dealing with an especially obtrusive barrier, you might invest in a few different sized cues, so you have options for its length.

 

Accessories: 

What’s a pool room without its accessories? Things like a rack for your cues, scorers, and a place for spare balls are must-haves in your billiard room. But they often take up a significant amount of space. So, to conserve room, look for a combination score-keeper and ball tray. These features can be found in several varieties of the floor-standing and wall-mounted cue racks. Plus, they’ll not only serve as space savers in a busy room, but they’ll add some decor as well!

 

Make your billiard room a welcoming and enjoyable space for all. And remember, there are always options for accommodations in the case of obstructions and limited space. When you’re in the market for a high-quality, affordable, and long-lasting pool table, make sure to evaluate your needs and investigate your options. And if you don’t know where to start, do not hesitate to give us a call! We at Games for Fun are prepared to help you find the table that’s right for you! Reach out today!

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Game On: Four Companies’ Killer Office Break Rooms

A lot has changed since the days of the cutthroat rigidity of the corporate world.  We are seeing companies take a softer approach and putting their attention to offering relief for an overworked or overstressed team. In order for employees to be fully engaged, motivated, and productive during the entire day, they need to have a balance of work and play.

One tactic that companies are using to create this balance is through their office game rooms. Implementing games inside offices may sound like a waste of time, but hard-working employees know that momentary game of ping pong or pool is just a few steps away.  


Businesses are set on finding top talent by creating a workplace that projects a sense of creativity and company culture.

Check out how these companies enhance company morale through their fun office break room ideas:

Airbnb

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With over 300,000 listings worldwide and over 10 million nights booked, it’s no mystery that Airbnb’s break room culture contributes to their success. These employees enjoy a ping pong table, weekly yoga classes, and a kitchen outfitted with a chef who cooks lunch every day. Having games such as ping pong helps employees learn how to work together in a relaxed and fun manner. They are building team skills without the stress of daily work tasks.

Taboola

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Taboola cares about cultivating a rich culture for the company and its employees; so much so that it has appointed an internal committee to oversee the assembly of fun office events on a monthly basis. Employees can escape from their busy work days and shoot some hoops with their arcade-like basketball hoop.  Don’t forget that kegerator either!

DHL

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The interior of DHL’s office is a combination of both elegant and modern employee-friendly spaces. To match the office rooms, their game rooms are neatly organized with their brand colors and games such as darts, foosball, and video games. If employees don’t feel like playing an action-packed game, they can unwind on a soft bean bag.

Bleacher Report

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Bleacher Report’s vision for their office blends the culture and lifestyle of their followers as well as the teams they cover- blurring the lines between fan and celebrity, team and spectator. With a plethora of games such as ping pong, foosball, and air hockey, employees can immerse themselves in a creative space that will carry over into their work. This type of break room builds exciting moments that evoke the importance of exploration and team involvement.

Unique break rooms in the office that are created for fun that are branded and authentic don’t happen by accident; they take intentional planning and design. Simply adding a game table may not be enough, and without careful design things may come off looking unprofessional. But done right, a game room could inject your workspace with the startup vibe we all strive for, help grow a sense of community and attract and retain talent.

Games For Fun supplies many Southern California companies with games for their office break rooms. Stop by our showroom in San Bernardino today or give us a call, and we can help you find the perfect game for your office.

We are open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Pool

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POOL, SNOOKER, AND BILLIARDS

For many players, terms such as billiards, pool, and snooker are used interchangeably to describe a cue game. Even though these games are very similar, there are distinctions in their play.

Each of these cue sports brings different types of enjoyment for players.

Our showroom in San Bernardino has a variety of tables, cues, balls, and accessories for billiards, pool, and snooker. Due to being in the billiards business for 35 years, we have an extensive selection of antique and modern models for every aspect of these games. Visit us off of the 215 freeway, our team would be happy to help you find the right type of game that fits your style.

If you are just beginning to play the classic games, it can be difficult recognizing the differences between pool, snooker, and billiards.

We broke down the characteristics of these three popular cue sports:

Billiards

Carom billiards is the official name of this specific game, while billiards represents the generic term for all three of these cue sports.

Table: Billiards tables are usually ten feet by five feet. Compared to pool and snooker, billiards is unique in the way that the table will not have pockets.

Balls: Billiards is played using three balls with one white, one red and one yellow. The yellow and white balls are used as cue balls for each player.  

Objective:  The main objective of billiards is to score points (known as counts) by bouncing one’s own ball off of the other two balls on the table. Points can be scored through potting, in-offs, and cannons. The game is normally played in a race to reach a certain number of points or as a timed game.

Pool

In today’s society, the term “pool” is used much more than any other game term.

Table: Pool is played on the smallest table of the three games. The average table size for pool is six feet by three feet. This size makes the game typically easier to play when compared to billiards and snooker.

Balls: There are many variations of pool that depict the number of balls being used. The two most common are eight-ball and nine-ball.  

Objective: In 8-ball pool, there are seven solid and seven striped balls and one 8 black ball. In order to win, the player must pot his specific balls (solids or stripes) and then finish with the black 8-ball. In 9-ball pool, only nine balls are on the table. Each player pots the balls in order of number. The person to pot the 9 ball wins.

Snooker

Snooker is known to be one of the more complicated cue sports.

Table: Snooker is played with the biggest table at twelve feet by six feet.

Balls: Snooker uses 22 balls including a white “striker” ball. There are 15 red, along with the object balls: 1 yellow, 1 brown, 1 blue, 1 pink, 1 black, and 1 green. Each colored ball has a designated spot on the table.

Objective: The main objective of snooker is to pocket more balls than your opponent. Once the 15 red balls have been pocketed, the remaining colored balls must be pocketed in a specific order.

It is common for people to refer to billiards, pool, and snooker loosely, but each game brings a different type of competition and enjoyment.

We have brand new billiards tables available in our showroom and online! Our team has designed four new tables under our original collection of Generations pool tables.

If you would like to see these tables and the rest of our collection in person, visit us in our showroom. We are open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our team can provide you with everything you need to know about these games.

Not in the area? Give us a call at (909) 885-3604, and we will answer any questions you may have.

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Pool

New Pool Tables At Games For Fun

After being in the gaming industry for 35 years, we have grown to know every type of classic game table. Although we enjoy providing all types of entertainment for families and businesses, we are most passionate about billiards. Our experience in billiards has been our longest journey, which has allowed us the opportunity to design our own collection of tables.

Our team has carefully designed four brand new tables for our original collection, Generations.

Each of these tables includes genuine leather pockets, 1-inch Brazilian slate, 100% gum rubber cushions, and Teflon bathed Championship Invitational billiard cloth. Manufactured to precise standards using top quality material, these tables are sure to be the centerpiece of any room.

Come into our showroom in San Bernardino to see these beautiful tables in person. We are off of the 215 freeway on Rialto Ave.

Learn more about our newest pool tables:

Arcadian

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Our Arcadian pool table provides a farmhouse feel with its combination of wooden panels and metal bolts. The warm, yet rustic finish provides a rich texture that gives this game table dimension and style. The Arcadian is made from solid pine with no veneer or laminate. When you’re done playing, this table can transform into a dining table with its matching wooden top that is made with the same care and quality as the game table.

Onyx

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If you are looking for a table to be the staple piece in your house, then the Onyx is for you. The Onyx pool table combines classic features with modern design. The patterned leather pockets and thick wooden legs remind us of the tables we grew up with. Along with its stunning build, this table contains a dark-washed grey tone. The body of this table matches perfectly with any color felt, making it ideal for many types of interior designs. This table also contains a convenient pull out full-size accessory drawer that can store all of your accessories without the need for a rack on the wall or floor. It is made from solid pine and no veneers or laminates.  

Patrician

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Our Patrician pool table provides a warmer feel to the home. The medium-brown wood blends nicely with many felt colors, creating a cozy energy for your home. With its oversized rounded legs, this table exudes elegance and class. As our most unique design of the four new tables, the Patrician truly lives up to its sophisticated name. The clean and sharp construction makes this table a luxury piece of furniture in the home.  Similar to our previous two tables, it is also made from solid pine and with no veneers or laminates.

Excalibur

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While most tables are designed with complete wood, our Excalibur pool table provides a fresh new look for any home or public space. Combined with industrial charm and sleek modernity, its raw steel bracing is unique to only this table. The modern, two-toned design of the craftsman oak finish is a beautiful fit for any pool player looking for something new and exciting. This table is made from a solid pine subsurface with a 5mm thick oak board finish. The sturdy and robust parts of this table weigh over 1000 pounds when assembled!

Our Generations line of pool tables was created to carry on our legacy; by providing families with products they can enjoy with one another for years to come.

We are open Monday – Saturday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Our staff would be happy to show you all of our new tables in person.

Not in the area? Give us a call at (909) 885-3604, and we will answer any questions you may have.