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Looking for Billiard Tables for Sale: Features You Should Consider

Posted by: on December 12, 2014

Many Americans, like Valerie Reagan, consider billiards as their life’s passion. This is perhaps more apparent in Chattanooga, Tennessee than anywhere else in the country. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Scenic City has the greatest number of players per capita in the region. Reagan is the local operator for the American Poolplayers Association (APA), and she says that while the city has an insatiable appetite for the game, the lack of local pool halls has made it difficult for them to host matches and tournaments:

Despite the loss of some halls, Reagan still has dozens of league-suitable, 8-foot tables to host games on, including about 40 between Charlie’s Lounge in Soddy-Daisy, Diamond Billiard Club on Hixson Pike and the CBC locations downtown and on Shallowford Road. Many other locations also host league play, even those with just three to five tables.

Though the amount of green felt is on the decline in Chattanooga, league operators in other cities say Scenic City’s crop of pool halls is the envy of the region.

Bars, casinos, and other establishments may want to give the APA a hand by opening more pool halls to accommodate Chattanooga’s growing population of pool players. That would mean buying regulation billiards tables, that is, those which follow the APA’s and the World Pool-Billiard Association’s table guidelines, including a size of 4 ½’’ by 9’’.

It is not just the dimensions of the table that should be considered to provide an excellent gaming experience. Even the material used to make the table’s playing surface must be taken into account for the players’ sake.

In fact, slate is the only surface material deemed suitable for tournament play, mainly because it’s very stable and durable. Slate comes as either a single piece or a three-piece slab, although most billiards authorities favor the latter because it’s easier to cut into a flat playing surface.

That said, entrepreneurs in Chattannoga and other places who want to set up an excellent billiards hall but prefer a less expensive material than slate may opt for tables with a permaslate surface. Permaslate consists of hard, plastic sheets layered over a particle board. While permaslate surfaces can’t be used for competitive play, they serve well on practice tables for novice and professionals.

For a lifetime investment, though, custom billiard tables for sale from makers like Pharaoh Manufacturing are still the best because their superior workmanship ensures that they last for generations, more so when they’re properly maintained. The elaborate aesthetics also make them fine center pieces in any home or establishment, which can help keep the enthusiasm for the game alive.

(Source: Cue-ing up: Chattanooga pool league outstrips memberships in larger cities, Chattanooga Times Free Press, November 11, 2014)

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