There are at least four different ways to use a billiards table. There may be more, and we would be glad to hear your ideas! At the Pool People, these are a few of our favorites.
1. Standard Billiards Games
The first and most expected use of a billiards table is to play a standard billiards game. If you don’t know how to play pool yet, there’s no time like the present to learn! If you do know how to play, there are people in your life who don’t know how and would absolutely love to learn! Maybe your children or grandchildren, or maybe friends and family who have seen your table, but haven’t had a chance to play a round with you – yet! Or maybe co-workers or neighbors you would like to get to know, and entertaining them would be a great way to break the ice.
2. Alternative Billiards Games
There are a wide variety of non-standard games to play on a billiards table. One example is One Pocket, where points are made only if a ball sinks in the one pocket agreed upon before the game begins. Another game is Pea Pool, where everyone draws a pool ball number before the game and tries to keep their ball on the table longer than all of their opponents. Another game is just a second version of Pea Pool, where you try to sink your one ball before any of your opponents sink theirs! Yet another game is Numbers, where the first player sinks a ball, and all balls moving forward must be sunk in ascending numerical order, starting over at 1 after the 15 has been sunk. Perhaps the most popular alternative game is 8 Ball. Only the balls numbered 1-8 are used, with the 8 ball being sunk last, and the pocket it’s sent to is called by the player before the shot is taken. These are but a few of the alternative games that can be played on a billiards table using standard billiards equipment – in a fun, non-standard way.
3. Other Games like Ping Pong
Another great use for your billiards table is as a ping-pong table. Without needing to invest in or make room for another game table, you can have a table tennis game in your home, thanks to your billiards table. Pure X conversion tops are available to convert your billiards table into a ping pong table in just a couple of minutes. And it all happens without damaging your pool table.
4. Dining Room Table
Dining room table by day, billiards table by night – some billiards tables include covers that act like a dining top! No one will be the wiser when looking at your dining room table. Or, if you enjoy hosting in your game room, you can have your friends and/or family over for dinner first, then easily clear the table, remove the wood cover and begin playing! It truly gives a new multi-purpose to your billiards table.
These are a few of the ways you can use a billiards table. If you think of a few more, feel free to tell us about them when you stop in to shop at one of our locations. If you need a billiards table, need billiards cues, balls, or other supplies, stop in one of our convenient locations in Steven’s Point, Rhinelander, or Schofield.