Slate Billiards Installation & Assembly

People often ask what the difference is between pool and billiards. Both are played with sticks called “cues”, as well as with colored balls on a special table. In pool, the cue is used to hit the white cue ball to then knock into colored balls and send them into any of the pockets located at the sides of the pool table. In billiards, players hit the cue ball to hit two other balls, one after the other, and there are no pockets on the billiards table. Pool is more commonly found in America, and it is played on tables ranging from 7 to 9 feet. Billiards is played on tables that are 12 feet.

Billiards comes with lots of rules, and many variations. It evolved from a lawn game similar to croquet played in 15th century France. The dome in Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, conceals a billiard room. In his day, Virginia deemed billiards illegal. The first world championship was in 1873, and this was also the first sport to even have a world championship. Coin operated billiards tables were patented in 1903 and cost players 1 cent.

Slate is the preferred surface for pool and billiard tables because there is no smoother, more level surface. Slate can be leveled to 1/100th of an inch. Of course there are varying qualities of slate available. High quality slates are selected by those with bigger budgets or those who play in more professional capacities, while lower quality or non-slate options are for home and lower budget players.

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