Saturday, October 31, 2009

BCE Snooker cues

Bce claim to be the biggest supplier of games tables in Europe which includes Billiards tables and cues . They also sponsor all the top names in Snooker and these players endorse the

Bce snooker cues. Names like Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins as well as the “old” timers” like Steve Davies and Jimmy White. They also supply the tournament tables for the big competitions under their Riley brand. Bce acquired the Riley Brand in 2002 and negotiated with world snooker to supply the tables for all the big televised Snooker events. The combined Riley and Bce brands now dominate the game.

So Bce snooker cues have a good pedigree and they have a huge range of cues from the Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White range of cues to their top of the range Riley Burwatt Gold range cues made from kiln dried American Ash and real ebony splices for the butt and the famous blue diamond tip which they use on all of their cues.

Riley Burwatt cue

The Bce range starts off with their Jimmy and Ronnie cues, endorsed by 2 greats of the snooker game, a quality basic cue at a budget price. Next we have the famous heritage series , great looking cues at reasonable prices. At the top of the tree, the premium range of Bce snooker cues is the Grand Master series, top quality cues for the serious player. Top notch ash shafts with hand spliced ebony butts, a top snooker cue from BCE, they look the business and any professional player would be proud to use one.

BCE Grand master cue

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Riley Snooker Cues are 100 years old

Riley started as a sports shop in the 1890’s would you believe, and their big product at the time was cricket bats! They only started making billiards tables and of course the famous Riley cues as a sideline, but that grew and grew, until by the 1920’s they were one of the biggest billiards tables manufacturers in the world, producing full size tables and what they called convertible tables, which we now know as snooker dining tables. And by this time their biggest product was portable tables or folding leg tables as we know them now. They also expanded into snooker clubs in the 1930’s and were now a giant in the industry with a world wide reputation for producing quality tables and cues.

So Riley have been making snooker cues for 100 years, that’s a long time and I guess they know everything there is to know about making them by now. The current range of cues start with their 2 piece series endorsed by the great snooker stars so you get Riley quality at reasonable prices. The next step up is the signature series, which have the signatures of all the top snooker players like Steve Davis and John Higgins on the cues and they come with 2 smart extenders both 6 inch and 12 inch for those awkward shots.

Riley snooker cue signature seriws

At the top end of the range, their Burwatt range of cues are the premium brand of riley snooker cues, with AA grade American ash shafts and hand spliced ebony butts. And they have pearlised butt cutaways that make them look really special with the platinum models. Riley cues have been around for 100 years or so and their present cues does that tradition proud.

Riley Snooker Cue Burwatt Platinum

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The popular pool table games

The games played on pool tables depend on which country you are in. In the UK the biggest game is 8 ball which is actually played with 15 balls, usually 7 reds and 7 yellows and of course the black number 8 ball which is where the name of the game comes from. In 8 ball, the object of the game is to pocket the 8 ball after you have pocketed either the 7 reds or the 7 yellows. Which colour range you have to pocket is decided when the first ball goes into the pocket. This often happens at break off. If you break off and a yellow goes into a pocket, then from then on your colour balls is yellow and your opponent has to pocket the 7 reds. If after the choice of balls has been decided, if you hit a ball of your opponents colour that is deemed a foul and your opponent gets one extra shot on his turn.

Also it is a foul if you pocket the white ball or miss all the balls completely. Again your opponent has an extra shot for the foul, so he can just trickle a ball to just nudge an object ball for position and take another shot after that. If your opponent makes a foul with his first shot, he loses his extra shot and you get an extra shot on your turn. Your object for the game is to pocket all 7 reds or yellows whichever your nominated colour is and then to pocket the 8 ball.

Some local rules say that you must nominate the pocket you are going to pocket the 8 ball in, but the standard rules of the World 8 Ball Pool Federation says you can pocket the 8 ball in any pocket.

One of the other pool table games is 9 ball, This is played with 9 balls numbered 1 to 9 and the object of the game is to pocket the 9 ball. Now the balls do not have to be pocketed in any order, and if you get the chance to pocket the 9 ball on your first shot then you win the game. The rack for 9 ball is a diamond and the number 1 ball must be at the apex of the diamond and the number 9 ball has to be in the centre of the diamond. When breaking off, the first ball to be hit has to be the number 1 ball, which is the front ball of the diamond otherwise the break off is a foul.

There are some interesting differences to 8 ball especially when it comes to fouls. A foul is deemed to have been committed in the following circumstances. If you miss the balls completely, if you hit a ball and the object ball or cue ball does not hit the cushion or is pocketed, if you pocket the white or cue ball. In those circumstances the ball is passed to your opponent and he is said to have it in hand and can place the cue ball anywhere he likes on the table to play his next shot.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Pool tables an update

Pool tables are getting even more popular with multi coloured cloths, anything goes these days.
And there are more contemporary table designs that are more pleasing to the eye and fit in better with your decor. A well crafted pool table is still a very nice object although a tad bulky, also allow for the cue whilst planning a games room or when you select a table. Allow for 10 foot on both dimensionsto allow for playing room when playing, so if you have a 6 foot pool table your room size should be 16 ft by 13 feet to give some room round the table to manipulate the cue. 17 ft x 14 ft if you buy a seven foot pool table.

Pool Tables vary in price considerably. Pool tables are priced from $50 for 4 footers or up to $10,000 for the more exotic versions and the reason is is the playing surface, either MDF or slate. The wooden topped tables are usually the toy versions although there are some very nice wood topped tables that can come in 7 ft sizes,of sufficient size for even dad to play on and less costly than the slate table top types.

Proper pool tables are slate bed tables, no wooden topped table is the same as a proper pool table with a slate top. Slate varies in thickness depending on the cost of the table. Of course being made of slate they are very heavy. Depending on the size of the table the slate is made from one or up to 3 separate parts, to save carrying weight when installing the table. The one piece slate table is easy to put together, the multi slate tables will always need an installer to do it for you.

The support work for tables also come in a variety of materials from the traditional types made of solid timber or MDF to the brick outhouse style of steel tables made to stand up to the hurley burley of pool club life. The table to go for really depends on the use it is put to, with the wood or MDF tables for domestic use and the steel and aluminium framed tables are made for the clubs. The aluminium and steel tables being metal, lend themselves to outlandish paint jobs which you can see in the arcades especially but tables made for home tend to be straightforward stained oak or mahogany.

The games played on pool tables vary depending where you live in the world from the French which play on Carom pool tables which don’t have any pockets to 9 ball played in the America, made famous in the Hustler. The French game of Carom or carombole to give it its full name, is a form of billiards played for points scored by hitting either or both of the other balls on the table. The rest of the world play on tables that do have pockets, and the most popular games are 8 ball and 9 ball, with 8 ball you have to pocket your 7 balls and then the number 8 ball, and with 9 ball you have to pocket the number 9 ball to win.

Pool tables have a long history Pool tables are part of the larger family of billiard tables which have been around for a few hundred years and include snooker, carom and pool tables, and I’m sure they will be around for a lot longer as the game can be played by anyone and if you’re good enough, become a full time pro. So get practicing and I’ll see you at the pool hall.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

New Games Table arrived

We have a new games table at Snooker Billiards Pool, the 7ft Scorpio 2-in-1 Pool/Air Hockey Reversible: Whats that you ask? Well it is a pool table and an air hockey table all rolled into one. And a 7 foot monster at that! On one side of the table is a blue cloth pool table with cues and pool balls and the other side is a Air hockey table. The really neat thing is you just swivel the table over and hey presto you have changed the game from one to the other. And you get a storage rail at the bottom of the table to keep all the air hockey and pool balls etc. You also get 2 full size pool cues and 2 1/4 American pool balls to gowith the 2 pushers and pucks for the air hockey.


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Need a new Snooker cue case?

Hi, we have some new snooker cue cases you may be interested in , goto our page and see the new cases with room for your smart extender. They come in silver and black, see picture left. They are on special this month, check them out.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

icWales - Snooker: Cue much embarrassment!

icWales - Snooker: Cue much embarrassment!: "Snooker: Cue much embarrassment!Nov 18 2006

Darren Witcoop, South Wales Echo

'come down to Rileys at 7pm and we'll have a game of pool.'
That was the challenge thrown down to me by none other than Jimmy White.
So I did, and as I entered the recently refurbished American Pool and Snooker Club, I realised I would be playing the man known as The Whirlwind.
Just what exactly was I putting myself through?
To be invited to play against the green baize legend that is Jimmy White is one thing."
But to face him in a frame alongside 200 watching spectators is another.
Granted, it may not be the Crucible, but any sizeable crowd is enough to unnerve a young rookie in any game.
So once the six-time World Championship finalist had done with the dignitaries, I was first up on the list to face Jimmy at Cardiff's City Road complex.
I was introduced by the compere and amid a small group of hecklers was about to face one of the most nerve-wrecking experiences of my life.
A few thoughts went through my head. Don't tense up and don't show your nerves.
But it was the blunt message of a friend of mine, who I have had many battles with over pub pool tables down the years, that kept flashing in front of my eyes.
He said: 'Whatever you do, don't miss the balls.' It seemed simple - or so I'd thought.
The cool persona which I try to present had clearly deserted me as my clammy bridge hand touched the table.
And there it was, a fluid pull back of the pool cue - and the white ball bounced, bounced, and bounced off the side of the table and on to the floor.
Cue howls of laughter.
A clearly red-faced journalist told Jimmy and the crowd it was a practice trick shot, it was all show for the cameras.
I think they all knew better.
Fortunately the second break-off attempt, by which time I was reaching record levels of perspiration, went according to plan.
By that, I mean I hit the ball and with ironic cheers that greeted it, I was off and running. After potting two red balls in succession, my confidence soared. Could I really beat the godfather of the current snooker generation?
The 44-year-old is regarded as the best ever player not to lift the world crown.
So could he fail again?
Well, actually no.
After a natural miss by yours truly, White came along and finished me off before I could get back to the table.
Two minutes later and after a handshake and a wry smile, it was all over.
'I wouldn't worry about the break,' said White, referring to my embarrassing first shot error as he tried to cheer me up afterwards.
'In fact, I've seen a lot worse on the circuit over the years.'
Somehow, I think he was being a little kind.
We are offering 10 readers the chance to win a free 12-month membership with Rileys American Pool and Snooker Club on City Road.
Just answer this simple question: What is Jimmy White's nickname?
The closing date is on Friday, November 24. Usual terms and conditions apply. Send your answers via e-mail to or alternatively by post to: Darren Witcoop, South Wales Echo, Sports Desk, Thomson House, Havelock Street, Cardiff CF10 1XR