HOME
WHERE TO PLAY
LEAGUES
TOURNAMENTS
CURIOSITIES
CLASSIFIES
PLAYER TO PLAYER
CONTACT US



Did you know that pool tables originally had flat vertical walls for rails and their only function was to keep the balls from falling off? Players discovered that balls could bounce off the "banks" and began deliberately aiming at them, creating a new style of play in which the "bank shot" was named for.



Did you know that during the days of prohibition, pool rooms were often used as a front for bootleggers to manufacture and distribute booze?



Did you know that in the 19th century a poolroom was actually a betting parlor for horse racing? Billiard tables were installed so patrons could pass the time between races. Over time, the game of billiards and the poolroom became connected in the public's mind and today the two terms are used interchangeably.










In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots, complained of being deprived of her billiard table while imprisoned at Fotheringay Castle. After her execution, her lady-in-waiting reports that Mary's headless body was wrapped in the cloth from the table, possibly to send a message to the masses that billiards was a man's sport










In the late 1800's, including during the Civil War, billiards results received wider coverage than war news. Players were so renowned that cigarette cards were issued featuring them!





1 - 2