What happened to billiard/pool halls?

FarmallA

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Seems like they are dying off. Seems like the actual good halls with real tables are going the way of the dinosaur. Even the classic The "Met" at WVU in Morgantown is dead. I went there for years. None left around home, or even near by. Just random bars with the smaller pay tables that are beat to hell and covered in beer/bodily fluid stains. I took some photos of it before its doors closed for the last time. Not the best or cleanest but a lot of good memories. Gone but not forgotten I guess. Fucking Xbox/snapchat/bookface.




 

Hookturnr

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Billiards requires a great deal of patience and practice...neither of which the younger generations possess.

I spent countless hours around a brunswick gold crown 3, covered in simonis, playing $5 on the $10 on the 9 or $1 a ball race to 200 straight pool in my teens and early twenties.

No one around with the skill or sack left to play the game anymore..truly a shame.
 
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Played a lot when I was in the Marines. Event spent money on a really nice cue. Played 9 all the time in Iraq. Maybe I should try and find a hall, been almost a decade since I last played.

Nope, none near me. Would have to drive a few hours. Got two bowling halls... Rather curve a cue ball than a bowling ball. It's more satisfying.

Take that back, I found one, it's in one of the bowling halls. Winter hobby?
 

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Grew up with a table. Shot a lot of pool with my dad and brothers.
got to the point I would play all my friends left handed because I would almost always clear the table in 2 turns.

whipped a guy (no money on the game) at pool in A bar when I was 19.
he wanted to fight about it because his feelers was hurt gettin whipped by a skinny kid.
never shot in a bar again.
 

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Seems there is just no interest in pool anymore, a close friend got divorced and had a high end pool table, almost had to give it away. No market for it.
 

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Pool tables are expensive to move. Once you factor in moving cost, there's not much to separate a used table from a new one. Our table is the table that was in my parents' house when I was growing up. I played a LOOOOOOOT of pool on that table. No smoke. Good lighting. Invite a few friends and play until dawn. I played in a few pool halls. They were either "family friendly" or places you were as likely to get cut as anything. The former I thought was over priced and underwhelming. The latter held no interest.

Oh, fucking on a pool table is not all it's cracked up to be...
 

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Cost too much to keep repairing and replacing everything. People just leaving cigaretts to burn a line on it or just straight put it out on it. Stealing the cues and balls. Dumping drinks into them and tearing the felt. Not least of which, if coin operated, wreck the whole thing by breaking into it to steal the coin. Not to mention the rif-raf that would generally hang out and cause problems.
 
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Seems like they are dying off. Seems like the actual good halls with real tables are going the way of the dinosaur. Even the classic The "Met" at WVU in Morgantown is dead. I went there for years. None left around home, or even near by. Just random bars with the smaller pay tables that are beat to hell and covered in beer/bodily fluid stains. I took some photos of it before its doors closed for the last time. Not the best or cleanest but a lot of good memories. Gone but not forgotten I guess. Fucking Xbox/snapchat/bookface.




I suddenly want to drink a 40 at the Met.
 

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Still have a $700 stick in the basement but haven't played in 10 years or so. Mainly just bars around my area have tables, the pool hall closed up a long time ago.
 

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One of my best friends growing up had a snooker table in his basement I played a lot on. His dad owned two halls one for under 21 (Q-ball then later Micks) and one for over 21 but can't remember the name of that one. Both have been closed for a long long time. He was a hell of a lot better than I ever was. Enjoyed playing but I was never really that good. Still have my table I brought from my first house that I have yet to set up.
 

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Played a lot in my A.F. days and even after. Was the thing to do back then. Had to have your own cue, if you wanted to be "somebody"LoL! Won a lot of drinks and bills, even got into some fights. In the end, it was all good. The Good Ol Days, I'd live 85% of them, all over again. I think, this young gen. doesn't have what it takes, to learn the ability to concentrate, use the bodies dexterity and the art of aiming, to be an accomplished pool shark. They would rather sit on a comfy couch, wear V.R. goggles, use their P.C., or their phones. Less work and I almost forgot, to be able to....socialize. Mac
 
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Wife and I are thinking of picking up a used Olhausen for the game room in the new house. Not high on the list, but looks like a $1000 buy a $5k original price table with delivery and new felt...
 

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We had a really nice pool table years ago. Got bored playing and it turned into a junk table. Sold it for a lot less than what it cost. Saw one for sale on a local facebook classifieds page. They were basically giving it away to anyone who would haul it off...
 

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Last actual pool hall (more than 2 tables) I was in was Rusty's in Opelika, AL. Also used to spend some time at Harry's in Auburn but both long gone and lost to time.
 

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There are two pool halls within 4-5 miles of me and a billiards store. Near where I used to live there were a couple of pool halls along with two snooker halls (2/3 of the tables were snooker tables).

I don't have room in the home for a pool table so I settled for a nice Tornado Foosball table.

Back in college I'd spend time between classes at the recreation center at the pool tables. There was almost always someone there I'd know where I can jump in for some games.
 

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I have a 9 foot Brunswick built in 1892, came out of a fire hall. 1 and a half inch slate. Its set up at my oldest sons house now. Still has all the ivory and silver. Love the game.
Only played a 9ft once and it was like playing on the deck of a carrier compared to my 8ft and a football field compared to bar tables
 
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HayStax

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Who has that kind of time anymore? “The Color of Money” is 35 yrs old

College kids aren’t drinking like they used to, no one likes smoke, and most pool halls are shitholes.

Also lots more fitness type activities available now. Crossfit, Juijitsu/MMA gyms, cycling, running, etc.
 

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What happened?
Younger people do different things.
To easy to sit at home smoking pot or playing video games.
And if they have a girlfriend evenings must be spent on the couch watching the talent show or dancing with stars and probably still not getting layed.

The men raising families are supposed to hang up the hard hat at 5pm then rush home and put on an apron for another 4 hours then sit down to hold hands with the wife and watch the same stuff mentioned above on tv.

If your seen in a place playing pool having a drink your a loser not going anywhere in life or hiding from family problems at home. At least that’s how a lot of people think around my area seems like.
Yet those same people just sit at home and don’t do shit.
 
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I have a rather expensive Brunswick Ventura in my garage (finished and insulated 5 car).

That table gets used maybe a half dozen times a year.
 

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My senior year in high school I had three morning classes then split for either Chapman's or the Vista pool hall (both long defunct) to win money for weekend beer. The old type tables with leather pockets, no ball return.

The gambling pinball machines were a big draw as well. If you were good and learned how to shake them with out tilting, and get 5 in a row on the 6 card, you could win $200.

 

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Ironically, we're in the middle of watching the Snooker championships (in England) right now. Just coming up on the Semi-Finals.

I've played a LOT of pool (8 and 9 ball) in a lot of bars, dorms, and halls. Over the decades. But what I remember most, relish most, and enjoy most was when my Grandfathers learned me how to play snooker. And all the years I've played snooker in the Legion's and whatnot,,, My Lady and I were just talking about it the other day. Time to take her to the Legion again, and play some quality snooker.

Unfortunately, they have given one of their tables away, simply because of lack of use. The one that is left though, I remember playing on that with my grandfather. So many years ago.
 
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I wonder what it's like to be so old and out of touch that you can't be bothered to go to any bar in town. Nooo, it's these damn kids fault and their computer widgets gizmos that they can't put down! I hope you old bastards can take your custom pool tables to the retirement home your kids dump you in.
 
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Used to a lot of country stores would have a pool table in them. Now they're owned by foreigners and stink like their shit smelling food they eat.
 

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I wonder what it's like to be so old and out of touch that you can't be bothered to go to any bar in town. Nooo, it's these damn kids fault and their computer widgets gizmos that they can't put down! I hope you old bastards can take your custom pool tables to the retirement home your kids dump you in.
A bar with one or 2 thread bare, not-quite-level pool tables is not a Pool Hall. You can get drinks at a pool hall, and you can often play pool at a bar. The two are, however, not the same thing...