Friday, May 12, 2006

Pool Table Reviews


Pool Table Reviews 2005



by Inside POOL Magazine


Pool Table Reviews comes out June 15th in Inside POOL Magazine. Subscribe Today!In the July/August issue of 2005, inside POOL Magazine released the 1st Annual Pool Table Issue. The issue quickly became one our best selling issues ever. Here's review from the 2005 Pool Table Issue. The 2006 Pool Table Issue promises to be a spectacular issue and is a must have for anybody planning to purchase a pool table any time this year or in the near future.


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2005 Annual Pool Table Review Article



Pool Table AwardIt’s a dream that a lot of people have had. Of course, it’s a daydream, but nonetheless, it’s a good daydream. Whether you live in a college dorm, have a loft of your own, or finally have saved enough to buy a home, you have always wanted that killer game room, that zenith of social status and good times rolled into one, with one magnificent centerpiece ruling over it—a pool table.

If you should take your dream to the next level and go searching, beware. For even the savviest buyer, the search for most dream tables turns into a nightmare. The first problem is that most dreamers believe that there’s a pool table with their name on it waiting in the cellar of some little old lady who would be thrilled if they would give her $50 for her 70-year-old pristine Gold Crown and get it out of her way. They just need to knock on a few doors, ask a few friends, and, if all else fails, look in the classifieds of their local newspaper.

Let’s cut to the chase: There’s no little old lady, there’s no cellar, there’s no pool table, and we’ll talk about the Tooth Fairy in another article. The reality of it is that there may have been deals like those at one time, but they have long since gone the way of the dodo. Ultimately, most dreamers come to realize that what they had was just a dream, but they still want to buy a pool table and resort to visiting their neighborhood billiard supply store.

Most do not let the smack in the face that reality just dealt them get it the way, but they usually are overwhelmed by what they see at their local billiard store. Faced with what seems to be thousands of pool tables, the dreamer suddenly realizes that he needed to do his homework. This is not a multiple choice that involves a blindfold and a pointer. And it isn’t the SAT’s, either. It’s the centerpiece of the most important area in the world—your gameroom.

Before running off screaming into the night, let InsidePOOL Magazine be your guide into this forest of pool tables. We have spent countless hours going over the pool tables available in the market and have chosen the ones that we would recommend. Now, we know what you’re thinking. We’ve also split the pool tables into categories of price so that dreamers can stay within the budget they need. Sorry, we’ll help you pick your own pool table, but we won’t promise that you won’t ever miss a ball or lose a game on your own pool table. That’s in the instructional section of this magazine.





LAMINATE Pool Tables


Redington

Redding Pool TableThe Redington Pool Table is a great example of beauty and functionality with a friendly price tag that doesn't upset many. The Connelly Redington is a great family table. Constructed from durable 1 1/2” thermally fused and American manufactured melamine instead of the cold rolled paper product typically seen on imported tables, the legs and cabinet can take a beating while maintaining a natural wood appearance. The Redington features 1” diamond-honed slate and solid kiln dried U.S. hardwood rail construction and is available in dark English oak, medium Renaissance oak, mahogany, or natural maple melamine. The Redington has a suggested retail price of $2,495.


For ordering information, please contact Connelly Billiards at 800-861-9619, or visit their website at http://www.connellybilliards.com/.



Metro

Metro Pool TableThe unique design of the Brunswick Billiards Metro table combines the durability and precision necessary for tournament play along with the elegant styling of a home table. Featuring contemporary design with the craftsmanship and world-renowned playability that Brunswick is legendary for, the Metro will be at home in a billiards club or a private game room. The table is available in 8- and 9-foot sizes, and color options include black, maple, and blue. The suggested retail price for the Metro is $2,749.


For ordering information, please contact Brunswick Billiards at 800-336-8764, or visit their website at http://www.brunswickbilliards.com/.





VENEER Pool Tables


Prescott

Prescott Pool TableThe pictured Connelly Prescott is a two-tone variation of the standard Prescott, featuring a matte black maple veneer cabinet. The solid wood carved legs are highlighted with either a honey or millcreek finish on the ball portion of the ball and claw design and matching honey or milano stain on the 6” hardwood top rail. The Prescott offers great ball response owing to its Rapid Rail construction, 1 1/4” slate, and an oversized antique style cabinet which allows for a “direct connect” between the 1 1/2” cabinet and the slate. Available in its original standard design in maple, red oak, or cherry veneer, the Prescott can also be upgraded as a hardwood table featuring any of the noted woods, or you can choose from solid knotty pine or Connelly’s latest wood offering, rustic hickory. The suggested retail price for the Prescott is $3,495. For ordering information, please contact Connelly Billiards at 800-861-9619, or visit their website at http://www.connellybilliards.com/.


Tiberon

Tiberon Pool TableNotable for its classic design and versatility, the Tiburon by DLT Billiards would look at home in almost any gameroom. The rails and legs are made of solid maple, and the Tiburon is available in cherry, honey, teak, medium oak, and walnut oak stains. Mother-of-pearl diamond sights decorate the rails, and the three-piece slate is one inch thick. The Uni-frame support structure, which is below the solid-core board, offers style and support. The suggested retail price for the Tiburon is $2,995. For ordering information, please contact DLT Billiards at 888-782-2208, or visit their website at http://www.dltbilliards.com/.





SPECIALTY Pool Tables


Marquette

Marquette Pool TableRelive the romance of a bygone era with the Marquette, an antique reproduction first produced by the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company in 1912. Created in celebration of Brunswick’s 160th anniversary, only a limited number of these unique works of art will be produced, each one numbered on an engraved brass plate and certified authentic. This limited edition table is a stunning piece of Brunswick history featuring a unique, “sow-belly” baseframe, Italian olive wood veneer with geometric mother-of-pearl inlays, and sleek ebony pin-striping with a brandy finish. It is available in 8- and 9-foot models, and the suggested retail price is $23,499. For ordering information, please contact Brunswick Billiards at 800-336-8764, or visit their website at http://www.brunswickbilliards.com/.


Waterfall

Waterfall Pool TableOlhausen Billiards’ modern line of tables integrates twentieth-century styling, which is characterized by simplicity of form, absence of decorative ornaments, and an emphasis on functional concerns. With their Waterfall table, art and functionality form a design destined to be a classic. It is available in veneer oak or maple and has black diamond rail sights and leather pockets. The suggested retail price for an 8-foot table is $8,350.


For ordering information, please contact Olhausen Billiards at 800-866-4606, or visit their website at http://www.olhausenbilliards.com/.


Firehole

Firehole Pool TableAn elegant but simple design gives the Firehole by Drawknife Billiards a true rustic elegance. Shown in the Burl style, this Firehole features a rare assemblage of hard-to-find burl accents and medallions. This table is an exceptional combination of man’s craftsmanship and nature’s unique art. The Firehole design is also available in Standard and Wilderness model and begins at $14,000.


For ordering information, please contact Drawknife Billiards at 800-320-0527, or visit their website at http://www.drawknife.com/.






SOLID WOOD Pool Tables


Scottsdale

Scottsdale Pool TableThe Scottsdale is Connelly’s latest post leg design. Featuring massive hand-carved legs stretching from floor to frame, the Scottsdale combines a stylish double-arch cabinet, carved blinds, and wide 6” rails resulting in a handsome table that would fit in any upscale home gameroom. Exclusive features found on Connelly Pinnacle Collection tables include one-and-one-quarter-inch thick tournament-sized slate, and the Connelly Rapid Rail construction. The Scottsdale is available in heirloom-quality cherry, lustrous maple, traditional red oak, and other specialty woods. The Scottsdale has a suggested retail price of $5,995.


For ordering information, please contact Connelly Billiards at 800-861-9619, or visit their website at http://www.connellybilliards.com/.


Huntington

Huntington Pool TableHandcrafted to highlight its beauty and strength, the Huntington remains one of Olhausen Billiards’ most popular from generation to generation. This table is made from the preeminent solid American hardwood available on the market. It is available in solid oak or maple, with a variety of finishes, and has diamond pearlized rail sights and leather pockets. The suggested retail price for an 8-foot table is $3,840.


For ordering information, please contact Olhausen Billiards at 800-866-4606, or visit their website at http://www.olhausenbilliards.com/.




CARVED Pool Tables


Columbia

Columbia Pool TableThe Columbia is one of DLT Billiards’ finest examples of beauty and functionality combined. Some of the hand-carving artisans have over 30 years of experience in their field, and their hard work shows with this design. Constructed of solid maple, the Columbia boasts hand-carved blind rails with mother-of-pearl diamond sights. Its one-inch thick slate and the double-arch frame also boasts detailed hand carving. The Columbia’s suggested retail price is $7,895.


For ordering information, please contact DLT Billiards at 888-782-2208, or visit their website at http://www.dltbilliards.com/.



Cavalier II

Cavalier II Pool TableThis table by Olhausen Billiards captures the elegance of fine furniture with its ornate carving and is sure to be a beautiful addition to your family gameroom. The highest detail and attention are paid to these tables, which are meticulously crafted by Olhausen Billiards’ master woodworkers. Available in solid oak, maple, or specialty woods, the Cavalier II also has mother-of-pearl rail sights and leather pockets. The suggested retail price for an 8-foot table is $9,975.


For ordering information, please contact Olhausen Billiards at 800-866-4606, or visit their website at http://www.olhausenbilliards.com/.


Lonestar

Lone Star Pool TableThis variation of Drawknife Billiards’ Glacier table features six distinctive five-pointed stars reminiscent of designs out of the Old West. As with the Glacier, the design accents and legs may be stained in a contrasting color. This table also includes star-shaped sights in the rails, fashioned from a dark cocobola wood, to add to the overall Western look. Pricing for the Lone Star begins at $6,800.


For ordering information, please contact Drawknife Billiards at 800-320-0527, or visit their website at http://www.drawknife.com/.





COMMERCIAL Pool Tables


Gold Crown IV

Brunswick Gold Crown IV Pool TableThe Brunswick Gold Crown IV is the standard of the industry and the professional players’ table of choice. It is available in mahogany with bronze or brushed nickel trim or matte black with chrome or brushed nickel trim. The Gold Crown comes in 8-foot pro and 9-foot sizes with either gully or drop pockets. The Gold Crown IV is a world-class billiard table of legendary quality. The Gold Crown IV has a suggested retail price of $7,999. For ordering information, please contact Brunswick Billiards at 800-336-8764, or visit their website at http://www.brunswickbilliards.com/.


Diamond Pro-Am

Diamond Pro Am Pool TableDesigned for players by players, Diamond Billiard Product's Diamond Second Edition Pro-Am has it all. It features one 1-inch piece slates, Dymondwood rails, a leg-leveling system, and Simonis 860 cloth. It also boasts the fastest and quietest ball-return system in the industry. It is available in 19 different stains and starts as low at $4,175. For ordering information, please contact Brian Miller at 812-288-7665, or visit their website at http://www.diamondbilliardproducts.com/.




Monday, May 08, 2006

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International Pool Tour to Premiere on OLN


International Pool Tour to Premiere on OLN


For Immediate Release
King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout to Air in Prime-Time Starting Sunday, June 4
Chicago, Illinois. (May 4, 2006) --- The International Pool Tour, the richest professional pool tour in the world, has secured a major television package to air IPT’s action-packed “King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout” series on OLN. The network will carry the six IPT shows in prime time, with the first show set to premiere at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4.
The International Pool Tour’s “King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout” features the world’s greatest players competing for more than $1 million in prize money, by far the biggest purse ever offered in pool. The series will be shown on OLN over six consecutive Sundays, culminating in a two-hour finale on Sunday, July 9. Click here for IPT TV schedule.
The Comcast-owned OLN is currently available in almost 70 million households and is considered one of the hottest sports cable networks in America. The national network is best-known for its coverage of the National Hockey League, the prestigious Tour De France, America’s Cup, Davis Cup tennis, the A1 Grand Prix series and the “Survivor” reality series in syndication.
“We believe the IPT’s intense competition, production value and sports drama make it a good fit for our schedule” said Victoria Quoss, OLN’s VP of Programming, International & Strategic Planning. “Millions of people play 8-Ball all over the country and the International Pool Tour will take the sport to a whole new level. The series will not only appeal to pool fans, but to sports fans in general.”
The International Pool Tour series is a breakthrough in televised pool. It is one of the first-ever pool series to air nationally in prime-time and is widely considered to have the most high-end production value in the sport’s history. The “IPT King of the Hill 8-Ball Shootout” was produced by the International Pool Tour in association with A. Smith & Company, the executive producers of network hits such as “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Skating with the Stars” and many major television sports events including pro football.
“OLN is known for its coverage of some of the most prestigious and competitive international events in sports,” said Jon Denny, Executive Director of the IPT. “This new partnership signifies that pool is now a major television sport and that the International Pool Tour is a ready for prime time property.”
OLN (OLNTV.com) is the leader in competitive and adrenaline-charged content. Now in more than 69 million homes, OLN is the cable home of the National Hockey League and best-in-class events like The Tour de France, The America’s Cup, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the Boston Marathon and USSA Skiing. The network offers unique programming in four primary areas: Action Sports, Field Sports, Bulls & Rodeo and Awe-Inspiring Series, and is the exclusive home of “Survivor” in syndication. OLN, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ; CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.
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