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Billiards Leagues

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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Billiards Leagues

By Eddie Tobey

Billiards leagues are billiards related organizations which are formed to support specific groups within the billiards industry. Most of them are player-oriented, but a number of them exist to support specific vendor and manufacturer organizations. The activity of each league contributes to the overall popularity of billiards not only in the United States but throughout the world.

Billiards leagues hold billiards events in which amateurs get an opportunity to play for huge prize funds. Leagues can be formed by anyone including a pool table vending company, a billiard club owner, or a group of players who want to construct a business by providing league services to the players. The aim of these leagues is to enhance the success of members and to promote the game of billiards. Most of them provide programs for people of all ages. Junior programs focus on America?s youth to create a new generation of players.

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Billiards leagues are a good starting point for anyone with professional objectives. These offer a strong foundation in the game, before a player goes on to local, regional, and finally national tournaments. The schedules for billiards leagues can start at any time of the year and can be of any duration. The most common leagues are summer leagues (June to August) – which run for 8-12 weeks and winter leagues – September to March. Some of them run round the year in three or four sessions of 10-14 weeks each.

Billiard Congress of America, United States Billiard Association, Lone star Pool League, Panther Pool League, American Pool players Association, and Valley National 8-Ball League Association are some of the popular Billiards leagues in the United States. Local Pool League (LPL) is a Handicap league in Oklahoma City.

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Glass Pool Table

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Glass Pool Table

I saw an interesting pool table the other day. It is made largely of glass and metal, with a see-through playing surface. Not only can you see the balls go in the pocket, you can see them roll back to the collection area through the clear bed. This is an 8 foot table.

A new material called Vitrik replaces the felt cloth on the glass bed of the table. According to the website, this Vitrik replicates the rolling resistance of a traditional felt playing surface and plays just like regular pool table cloth.

The slate is replaced with a 3/4 inch sheet of transparent hardened glass. The edge of the glass bed is esposed under the rail assemblies. That must be an odd sensation shooting at pool balls that look they are floating on air. It must give playing an almost 3-D effect.

It’s kind of cool and different to have the balls completely exposed that way. Now you can see what happens after you sink a ball.

This futuristic-looking beauty doesn’t exactly come cheap however. The current price is $39,900 Australian dollars, which at the time of this writing, comes out to about $27,000 US dollars. A hefty price tag, but an unusual looking pool table.