Professional Billiard tables


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Names of the elements on the billiard table

It is important that you know the terms of a billiard table, so it will be easier for you to communicate with the billiard players.

If you play championships, usually in 8-ball and 10-ball you have to say in which hole the object ball goes.

Billiard table hole numbers

If you play championships, normally in 8-ball and 10-ball you have to ” call out” in which hole the object ball goes.

In the image above you will see the numbers of those holes.

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What is the name of the area where the cue ball is placed?

This area where the cue ball of any modality of billiards is placed is called the Kitchen.

It is also called the kitchen or the break area.

If you look at the image above is the area of the white line to the back (where the mingo is located).

The cue ball or mingo can be placed anywhere in that area even above the white line.

Parts of the billiard table

The billiard table is composed of rails, cushions, a playing surface and pockets.

The rails may be inlaid with diamonds that are 1/4 wide and 1/8 long.

The diamonds are used to better measure shots with rails, kick shots and bank shots.

The slate is the flat part of the playing surface, upholstered with a cloth, usually green in color.

The famous brand of cloths are Simonis or Championship.

Why is the cloth on the pool table green?

In the 14th century, the precursor of billiards was played on grass.

Due to inclement weather it was decided to introduce it to the castles and raise it on a table covered with a cloth whose green color was chosen to emulate the grass, for the happiness of the courtiers.

Also because it is the color that represents the lodges and the most powerful royal families in the world.

Cloth or felt, fast or slow?

Most cloths are made from wool and a percentage of polyester or nylon.

The way the cloth is woven, the quality of the wool and the manufacturing process determine how good or bad the cloth will be.

That is, whether it will be more or less heavy and that will make the balls roll fast or slow.

Depending on how they handle the material, there are two types of cloths:

  • Woolen Cloth or those that are made of wool.
  • Worsted Wool are made of combed wool.

Woolen Cloth are thicker, heavier and slower, usually found on coin-operated or recreational pool tables.

Worsted Wool are thinner, faster and more expensive, they are used on competition tables.

The interlacing or braiding of the weave is perfect so that in the long run it does not create knots that alter the direction of the billiard balls.

Most commonly used cloths or felts

They are Simonis or Championship brand.

The size of a pool table

8-ball, 9-ball and 10-ball billiard table sizes

Famous billiard table brands

Brunswick, Olhausen and Diamond, these brands manufacture beautiful professional and competition pool tables.

You will undoubtedly see them in classy venues and prestigious clubs.

Build your own pool table

If you want to start a new adventure, building a pool table is a challenge.

In this video you will see how billiard tables are built.

3-Cushion Carom Billiard Tables

These tables do not have pockets.

It is a table with a rectangular surface, strictly flat and horizontal, the slate has a minimum thickness of 45 mm.

Its bands are made of rubber, the height of which is set at 37 mm.

The dimensions of the surface are 1.42 x 2.84 m.

Why are carom tables plugged into the power supply?

When you see a carom table and you see that it has a cable to be plugged in, it is because it has electric heating to remove moisture from the slate and cloth. It acts through thermostats, ensuring during the game better behavior of the balls.

Famous brands of 3-Cushion tables

They are called Gabriels and are used in clubs and high-level competition.

Snooker tables

These are longer than billiards and the pockets are shorter.

Snooker table cloths

The best snooker cloths are made by the Strachan company.

Snooker is a very nice game, if you have not played it yet, I recommend you to look for a club to play and learn.

It helps you to have more precision in your shots when playing.

Buy your professional pool table in USA

Testimonial 1:

“Nice table. I’m very impressed with the quality of parts and construction.

Felt seems to be of good quality, bumpers and side rails have just the right amount of spring and the leather pockets have relaxed nicely and now sit in a very downward position.

Sturdy, not too difficult to build. The instructions were very clear right up until the end when you need some guidance on how to go about flipping the table upright.

They simply say don’t roll it over on the legs (they’ll break) and have 4 adults available to pick up the table and set it down on the legs.

Okay, great advice, but, the table weighs in excess of 450 pounds(!), and just flip it over is not really practical.

My solution is to only attach one side’s legs, turn the table over so that those legs are in place, put saw horses under the other side and attach the other legs.

Highly recommended!!!!

Testimonial 2:

“I LOVE this pool table! I ordered the Urban edition table. I couldnt believe how perfect it was for our modern upscale airbnb. It was such a great fit with its black felt top and the gray box legs. it has a modern urban looks. there was nothing else like it online. Its a heavy table, as are all pool tables, but it was super simple to assemble. it came in about 3 or 4 pieces with the top pre-assembled and felted. we just had to flip the tap, attach the 2 legs and the beam and done! 2 people were able to assemble it in about 30 – 40 mins. Not bad! 🙂 I will definitely be buying this same exact table for our future properties!”

“I’ve been wanting a table for 25 years now, finally made the purchase.

I selected this table due to the good reviews posted.

It was really heavy, but well packed and labeled for assembly.

The directions supplied were easy to read and understandable.

My husband and I put together in less than 1-2 hours.

Once together, my son and him were able to lift carefully to find the perfect position.

We have it in a room size of 15×15, allows enough room for playing.

The balance on the bottom of the legs are easy to adjust.

It came with everything you need to play.

The only thing that I am not happy with is the felt seems to be taking a beating, able to see burns from the balls rolling and mis-cue marks really easy.

But, it doesn’t stop us from playing and I’m sure every table looks a little worn with play, of course, I have a 15 yo playing on it as well.

I would recommend to others, as it is a really sturdy table and easy to put together.

Pool Table for Kids

Testimonial 1:

“I bought this for my grandson to keep him off my table. It works in that regard. Let him learn “how” to hit balls, which is very rewarding to him.”

Testimonial 2:

“I bought this for my kids and they all loved this tabletop pool table — from age 4 to 10. My husband and I also enjoyed playing with it. The older kids assembled it, by screwing in four legs, within a couple of minutes.”

3-Cushion Tables

The best tables for this modality of billiards can be found in their official pages.

Tables of 3-Cushion brand:

Buckshot Snooker Table

“Delivery almost without problems, but that was the fault of the logistics company. Assembly without problems, although the videos need to be reviewed. Totally satisfied.”

Billiard and Snooker Felts or Cloths

An excellent pool table and snooker table must have the best fast mat used in big championships.

Consult in this mega article all about the felts or cloths.


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