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Pool Tables Explained
by: Steve Porter

The popularity of pool is growing all the time. What with Sky sports now showing pool tournaments live on TV, it is becoming the table game of choice, overtaking the more traditional game of snooker. The attraction is easy to see, it is an easy game to master and it is much quicker than its big brother snooker. This has increased the demand for home pool tables, providing you have the room for them and because they are smaller than snooker tables, more houses can accommodate them. Of all the billiards games, pool is the most played with tables in local pubs and leisure centres.

For the best experience, the slate bed tables are best, the MDF tables are not as responsive. The slate comes in thickness's of ¾ inch to a full 1 ½ inches depending on the cost of the table. As might be supposed with that much rock on the table they are very heavy compared to their wooden counterparts. The slate itself can come as 1 piece or 2 or 3 separate pieces to save carrying weight when installing the table. Installation is easy for the tables that have only 1 piece of slate but the multiple piece slate table must be installed by a pro as they are difficult to install.

The frame of the pool table can be made from wood or metal which are used in the busy clubs. Wooden tables are generallyn used in the home, whereas the sturdier steel and aluminum framed tables are used in the leisure centres. The aluminium and steel tables also lend themselves to garish outer decoration as you've probably seen in public places with pool tables whereas the home tables are more demure.

There are various games that can be played on pool tables and one of the weirdest is carom which is played on pocketless tables! The French play a sort of traditional billiards game with canons where you hit both balls with one shot. The more common tables do have pockets and the games on these are 8 ball which perversely is played with 15 balls with the object being to pocket the number 8 ball and 9 ball pool which IS played with 9 balls formed up into a diamond shape for break off. Pool tables are part of the larger family of billiard tables which have been around for a few hundred years and include snooker carom and pool tables, and I'm sure they will be around for a few more hundred years as it is a great game that anyone can play and if you get really good at it you can earn a very decent living on the professional playing circuit. So get yourself a pool table or get down to your nearest club and enjoy!

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