Pool Tables

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Pool tables hold unique appeal for different players--not many games can boast this. Trivia games are biased with age in that the older you are, the more you know. In my experience, kids hate strategic card games like Bridge and Hearts. I know I could never go head-to-head with my son on one of his video games. They're too complicated, and too loud. There's not much crossover in the game world, except with pool tables.

Pool Tables Fit the Family

Billiards is just right for every one. It doesn't take a lot of strategy or physical stamina. To be quite honest, you mostly just stand around and talk. Every now and again, some one reminds you to take your shot. Otherwise, you're just enjoying the company of your friends and family in a relaxed environment.

I'm really lucky to have grown up with pool tables. My parents converted our garage into a game room and the centerpiece of the room was a gorgeous cement-based billiard table. Some of my fondest memories are of my father, my grandfather, and I playing pool together. Three generations coming together so easily, to play such a simple game. My father taught me how to play, as his father taught him. Then we all played together. In a day and age when families often lack things in common, pool can be a reason to gather and commune.

Pool is simple, but not easy. It can take years, or even a lifetime to perfect your billiard shots. It's really not the purpose of the game to get good at it. Pool is more like golf. The purpose is to spend time with the other players.

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