The Best 6 Foot Pool Tables of the Year

The new year is here and it’s time for our round-up of the best pool tables! There are so many pool tables for sale, it’s hard to narrow down the choices. We love sharing our favorites with our customers! We offer pool tables in a range of lengths, including 6 foot pool tables.  These tables are smaller than regulation size tables used in tournaments and are perfect for home game rooms, garages, and arcades. Check out our picks for the best pool tables below!

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9 Essentials to an Epic Game Room

Game rooms are quickly becoming the hottest trend in homes. A game room can be anything as simple as a table for your favorite board games in the den or a completely decked out game room. Picture your ultimate game room with everything you need to enjoy the big game on tv or play your favorite games with friends. Your game room style can be as unique as you are. Go classic British pub or retro neon arcade, rustic hideaway, or industrial minimalistic.

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At GameTablesOnline.com, we offer a wide variety of gaming tables and game room furniture, at incredible prices, so you can bring your epic game room to life. We put together this list of game room fundamentals to help you create the ultimate game room.

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Virtual Game Night Ideas

Everybody loves game night. Getting everyone together for a night of laughter and fun, with everyone’s busy schedules, can be tricky.  Whether you have friends overseas, or family across town, use our tips to help you host the ultimate virtual game night.

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California House New Pocket Design

Crafted in the USA and made to order, California House’s gaming furniture has gained a reputation for being beautiful and high quality. Since 1953, California House pool tables have been adding refinement to game rooms. Now, to continue the tradition of incredible quality, California House has added a new pocket design to all of their pool tables.

The Billiard Industry’s Best Pockets.
100% Vegetable Tanned Leather Upper & Lower
Sculpted Black Walnut Dowel for Click, Not Clunk
No Unsightly Gaps – Pocket Meets the Slate
Handmade in California
* Exclusively on California House Pool Tables *

Exclusive to California House, these innovative pockets feature handsewn details, vegetable tanned leather, and sculpted black walnut.

  • The beautiful dark leather has been vegetable tanned, in a singular piece.
  • Listen for a distinctive and smooth click when a ball drops into the pocket. The new sculpted black walnut plug prevents the common clunking sound, for a more relaxing game.
  • These new pockets are made by craftspeople in the USA. Superior workmanship down to the details, even the riveting is done by hand.
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First Timer’s Guide to Hosting Poker Night

There’s nothing like Poker Night—playing cards, having a few drinks, and  sharing laughs with friends. What if no one in your life has a regular Poker Night? Maybe it’s time you started one. We have all the tips you need to host the best Poker Night!

7 Tips to Planning the Best Poker Night

1) Invitations

Hosting a Poker Night gives you an opportunity to gather a different mix of people together—colleagues, old friends, family, and neighbors. It’s important, though, to be mindful of how the group will mix together, especially if there is alcohol involved. Discreet invitations by mail, especially for your first poker night are a nice touch. Creating a Facebook group is also a fantastic way to connect with everyone ahead of time, share video tutorials, and answer guest questions easily.

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Pool Table Installation Service With Felting

A pool table for your home or business is a major investment. Proper installation ensures that your new pool table will be cared for from the beginning, saving you from mishandling and enhancing game play.

8' Imperial Bedford Weathered Oak Pool Table installed
8′ Imperial Bedford Weathered Oak Pool Table installed in Caledonia, Michigan – 10/8/2017. See more.

At GameTablesOnline.com, we offer Pool Table Installation Services in addition to our incredible selection of beautiful game tables. Add our installation service to your order for a one of a kind experience to get your ultimate game room started.

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USAA Sanctioned Air Hockey Tables

Professional air hockey players know that playing on regulation a regulation table is key to building and maintaining skills. United States Air Hockey Association (USAA) sanctioned tables truly set themselves apart as tournament style tables in quality, size, and materials used. While typically used for tournament play or placement in establishments, dedicated enthusiasts can also find the perfect USAA sanctioned table using our guide.

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Gold Standard Games Air Hockey Tables

Designed by and for champions, Gold Standard Games (GSG) offers the best in air hockey tables for your home or business. Invest in and celebrate your sport by bringing a GSG table into your home. GSG tables are built to last, through years of enthusiastic game play. While competitors may price air hockey tables much higher, GSG is able to offer their high quality pieces at affordable prices, year round!

GameTablesOnline.com is an Authorized Retailer of Gold Standard Games air hockey tables. To begin your air hockey shopping experience, let’s look at what sets Gold Standard Games apart from other air hockey table manufacturers.

Champion Recommended

  • Designed by Two-time World Champion Mark Robbins, who has over 40 years air hockey experience
  • Endorsements by World Champions Danny Hynes and Tim Weissman
  • Many Gold Standard Games tables are fully sanctioned for tournament use by the U.S. Air-hockey Association (USAA)
  • Only the highest quality tables are approved for tournament usage by the USAA
Gold Standard Air Hockey Tables are widely endorsed by professional players

Whether you’re buying for your home game room or a commercial setting, having a quality air hockey table is key to enjoying that table for years to come.  Since most of GSG’s tables are regulation sized ( eight feet long by four feet wide) you will be able to host tournaments.

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Rules for Three Classic Pool Games

Pool has so many variations that it can be overwhelming to learn a new game. However, many games are based off the rules of classic games. By knowing classic game rules and brushing up your skills, you will be ready to take on an exciting new game.

Eight-Ball

Eight-ball is the most commonly played pool game in the US. Inside the triangular rack, the eight is placed in the middle and a striped ball is placed in one back corner and a solid ball placed in the other. The rest of the balls can be placed in random order. The cue-ball is used to break the rack apart. If the eight-ball is pocketed at the break, the breaker can choose to either re-rack or re-spot the ball.

Man setting up an 8-ball pool rack
Rack ’em by Dave Walker
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British vs American Pool

British and American Pool appear similar at first glance, but each style offers its own unique qualities to the game. From its European origins, pool has developed into a whole category of games, each with its own accessories and set of rules. Understanding the difference between British and American style pool may lead you to discover a new favorite way to play.

Woman shooting pool
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British Pool

The most marked difference between British and American pool is the ball size. The British cue ball is 57% smaller than the 2inch object balls, at one inch and 96 g. The main purpose of the size difference is for coin operated tables to separate the cue and object balls, but almost all British pool ball sets contain the small cue ball. British object balls are generally red and yellow, with one black eight ball, although sets containing solids and stripes are also available. Eight-ball is the most popular game to play with British pool tables.  The small ball size requires a thinner, but strong cue. British cues are about 8-9 mm wide, with a brass feral, and are usually made of ash.

As with its other components, British pool tables are sized down. The most common size is 7ft long. Smaller tables are perfect for crowded pubs. The cloth on a British table has a distinct texture that will eventually wear down over time. The texture adds an extra challenge to game play. The pockets on British tables are petite and rounded. This style of pocket makes shooting down a rail more difficult, but shooting into side pockets easier. The cushion on a British pool table is flat, with the cloth creating an angle against the playing surface.

American Pool

American Pool features equal sized object and cue balls. The 2 ¼” and 169g balls give American pool a distinctly different play than British pool. American pool is played with stripes and solids. The games that can be played with an American pool set are endless. American cues are generally constructed of light maple, with a 13-14 mm tip, and a plastic feral. The plastic is necessary for shock absorption and is ideal for striking the larger, heavier cue ball.

The American pool table can vary in size, but tournament size is 9ft long. Home pool tables tend to be about 8ft with other size variations available. The smooth cloth on American pool table allows for speed.  Friction from the acceleration of the cue ball can cause small burn marks, over time, in the cloth. The pockets on an American table are just wide enough to fit two balls side by side. These pockets are sharply angled, the cushions appearing blade-like. Shots along the cushion into corner pockets are easier on American tables. Side pocket shots are more difficult.

Which is better?

To sum up, British and American pool tables differ mostly in appearance. However, these differences make differences in game play experience. If you frequently play pool in pubs or recreational centers, it is likely you’ll be more comfortable playing on a British pool table. If you play pool in bars and pool halls, you will probably enjoy playing on American pool tables more. American pool tables are easier to learn how to play pool on, ideal for families and children.

British tables offer more challenge for those wanting to hone their skills. The American-style pool table is most common, world-wide. For tournament play, you will want to practice on an American table. Stylish designs are available for every décor taste in American style pool tables. Both American and British tables have features that are better suited to different player. It’s a matter of personal preference as to which will be better for you.

If you are looking to purchase a beautiful pool table, GameTablesOnline.com offers the best in style, price, and quality. See our full catalog for billiards accessories, custom table options, and everything you need for your ultimate game room. If you have any questions about our products or services, contact our team, here.

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