How to Choose the Right Cue Stick

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So you’ve perfected your wizardry on the pool table, have you? Just as wizards earn the right to carry their own personal magic wands, so too, you’ve earned the right to your own pool stick. While searching for the perfect cue, keep in mind the words of Harry Potter, “The wand chooses the wizard.”

Spellbinding pool playing appears when there is a strong affinity between the pool player and his or her cue stick. The player learning from the pool cue, the cue responding to its player. While initial attraction will always be the start of the relationship between pool cue and player, here are a few particulars to consider before making a final purchase.
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How to Clean Every Inch of Your Pool Table

Treat your pool table as you would an exquisite baby grand piano. Chances are, it probably cost you nearly as much. Like a piano, you must maintain your pool table, you’ve got to clean it, and you’ve got to play it. Like any other fine piece of furniture, you want it to retain its beauty, its functionality, and you want it to last a lifetime.

Here’s what you do to clean your pool table and keep it in tip-top shape for maximum longevity and playability.

Pool Table Care: Prevention

Care for your pool table starts with prevention of dirt, dings, cracks, sun damage, and any forms of mishandling. Let your guests know the rules. If you are shy about doing so, you might consider placing a sign on the wall with some rules listed.
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Spacing Guide for Your Pool Table

How Much Space Do You Need for a Pool Table

To jump straight to it, here’s how much space you need for each size spool table:

  • 7 foot pool tables = 13′ x 16′
  • 8 foot pool tables = 13′ 6″ x 17′
  • 8.5 foot pool tables = 18′ x 14′
  • 9 foot pool tables = 18′ 6″ x 14′ 6″

You can find all of these sizes by visiting our website here.

Pool Table Size Min Room Size Actual Playing surface
7 foot 16′ x 13′ 39.5″ x 79″
8 foot 17′ x 13′ 6″ 44″ x 88″
8.5 foot 18′ x 14′ 46″ x 92″
9 foot 18′ 6″ x 14′ 6″ 50″ x 100″

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The 5 Best Pool Tables Under $2,000

GameTablesOnline.com has the best selection of pool tables under $2,000 for your home or business. These mid-range tables offer affordability, durability, and great playing experience.

1. 7′ Playcraft Silver Knight Pool Table

The sleek and affordable design of all Playcraft Knight pool tables will help bring pool into the modern home. Its 3/4″ – 3-Piece slate system is honed to 1/1000th of an inch, for a crisp, clean roll every time you play. And with 24 billiard cloths to select from, you’ll be able to customize the Silver Knight to your own preference.

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How Much Does a Pool Table Cost?

The Pool Table Price Guide

Wondering how much a pool table costs? You’ll find that prices vary greatly, depending usually on the materials used to put it together. But what makes one table $1,000 and another $10,000? When you’re browsing through catalogues or visiting a billiards shop, follow these points so you know how much you can expect to pay when you’re shopping for a pool table.

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How to Assemble a Pool Table

Like changing the felt on a billiards table, assembling a pool table is commonly thought of as work best left to professionals. While a professional may have more experience putting together and leveling tables, the average DIYer can put together a pull table with a little know how. Assembling a pool table is not difficult and the average person should be able to complete the assembly within 2-4 hours time from start to finish.

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4 Ways to Rack a Pool Table

Let us set a scene for you: You’ve got brand-new pool table and you’ve got friends to play billiards with. One problem though… you have no idea how to set up the balls. Well set the drink down — but not on the pool table; we wouldn’t want to ruin the cloth — because we’ll let you in on how to rack a pool table correctly.

How to Rack a Pool Table

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How to Rack a Standard 8-Ball Game

Basic rules: Eight ball is played with fifteen numbered object balls and the cue ball. The shooter’s group of seven balls (one through seven or nine through fifteen) must all be off the table before the attempt to pocket the eight ball to win. Shots are called.

  1. Grab the rack and set it down on the pool table. It’s also called a triangle. (Because it’s in the shape of a triangle. Go figure.)
  2. Get a ball and put it at the tip of the rack. Or the apex, if you want to get technical.
  3. Make sure the 8-ball is in the center of the rack. Middle of the third row. It’s the first ball directly below the apex ball.
  4. Put a stripe and a solid at the bottom corners. It doesn’t matter which goes where, as long as you’ve got one of both.
  5. Place all the other balls at random. As long as you follow rules 3 and 4, all other balls can be in random fashion. Make sure not to put it in any intentional pattern.
  6. The balls need to be racked as tightly as possible. It’ll break better this way.
  7. The apex ball goes on the foot spot. It’s the spot on the pool table designated to guide the positioning of the rack.

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How To Pick a Pool Table for Your Family

Selecting a pool table that’s ideal for your home requires planning and measuring. A table perfect for one person’s man cave may not look as great in your game room, and vice versa. If you have a family, there are specific qualities you have to think about, so you can pick out a product that will last through some roughhousing and beatings.

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How To Measure A Pool Table

It’s crucial to know how to measure your pool table when planning out the space you’ll need for the room it’ll be in or if you’re planning on purchasing a pool table cover. If you’re trying to re-felt your table, you’ll need to know how much material to buy, and if you’re using longer cues, you might need to allocate more space for your table.

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To prevent you from accidentally measuring from the wrong end of the table, have GameTablesOnline guide you through your planning so you can get it right on your very first try.

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How to Prevent Pool Table Slate From Warping

Pool slate provides the playing surface you need to fully enjoy a game of pool, but it’s a piece of the table you need to keep in mind to avoid constant damage and repair. The material warps when its weight eventually collapses on itself, but you can take precautions to prevent slate from warping.

While it’s inevitable cue balls will be dropped onto the table, slate in actuality can endure a lot, and re-leveling the table or consulting your local billiard shop can solve any warps.

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What is Pool Slate?

Pool table slate is a stone slab underneath the felt of a pool table. It is largely a waterproof material, and provides cue balls with a frictionless roll. Continue reading