ello billiards crew, dunno who will get this message, but, anyone know if there is a league in or around birmingham? if you could get back to us at some point it would be much appreciated, hope all is well,
The game is mostly played in the South East and thus that's where the leagues are.
The nearest to you is Northampton.
Inventor of the Triangles version of Bar Billiards. Highest England away aggregate 2013 and 2014, 10 - 0 last 10 England singles legs, seventh reserve 2015. Jersey Qtr final 2014, 2015, 2016 - Guernsey Plate Winner 2014, Main Final 2015, 2017. First person to have won both four pin opens.
ok not too worry , looks like i shall have to venture down to wallingford during the summer to get some much needed practise in!! in reply to pete, yeah ive sort of moved up here though not sure if its for the long term or short term and seeing as i dont drive its quite difficult getting back to wallingford as you can probably imagine, Many thanks, Dom
I came across bar billiards because it's implemented in World Championship Snooker for the Wii (w.o. a computer opponent and w.o. time measure, you've won when you've reached 2000 points). I have also picked up the little program by Martin Leech (thanks!), and I have a few questions now.
Somewhere I have read people comparing the depth of play to snooker or pool. I cannot yet understand it. Are there possibilities of snookering somebody or playing safeties? Since the balls are much smaller than in snooker or pool (let alone carambole) it would be much more difficult (at least) to use top-spin or screw a ball, even more so as it would increase the danger of ending up in the chap. On the videos I have found only natural angles seem to be used. So what are the strategies (I'm sure there must be some)? I have searched the net but haven't found anything. What would be standard exercises (apart from the "Oxford break")? There are lots of tutorials for snooker or pool, but there's nothing on bar billiards, unfortunately.
And of course, I'd like to give it a try, but there's no table where I live (Germany). End of next week I'll go to GB, it will mostly be North Wales, but I'll be around Birmingham, too. Are there any tables around there (Wolverhampton would be cool)?
Firstly your question about Bar Billiards in and around Birmingham: we have had enquiries in the past and this is all we were able to come up with was one in Bewdley, Worcs....
Regarding the comparisons of our game with snooker and pool, I can best answer this if I bring a fourth game, three-ball billiards, into the discussion. Both snooker and pool require potting ability, and - agreed - tactical knowhow. With Bar Billiards, as with three-ball billiards, you score not only by potting balls, but also by playing "losing hazards" - otherwise known as "in-offs".
Also with bar billiards cannons and shots off the cushion are frequently played. You have obstacles in the form of the 'pins' or 'pegs' and if you knock the black one over you lose the entire score - which of course you can't do in snooker.
As far as I am aware, the balls are similar in size to those in Pool, and yes, side and spin does come into it. Even on the first shot there are a myriad of choices - to hit the ball thick or thin, or with top or bottom, or left or right hand side, or combinations of these.
Tables can be fast or slow and can have either lively or 'dead' cushions - and another challenge is in 'adjusting to the pace of the table', as well as other factors like the nap of the cloth.
'Tactics' sometimes apply when trying to play safe (if you think you have enough score to win) as often staying on the table for too long can end up with leaving yourself a difficult shot - with painful consequences.
There is an awful lot to the game, and some of us who have been playing for forty years or more are still learning new tricks (or new ways to lose, even !) ;D
The Sun, Stafford is an interesting one as it has a chequered history. Google Earth still shows it as the hideously-painted winebar called Tequila Red, but local brewers Titanic bucked the trend and have turned it back into a traditional pub, as witnessed by this article dated July this year:
The pub is The Cavalier Hotel in Bradwell, Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire, and the table is proving very popular.
We're having a bit of a paint job done this week and it would have been nice to have a sign over the table in the games area, but it looks good anyway, maybe we'll a local guy to knock one up for us as a one off.
..and the game being played at the Bulls Head, Burslem:
Definitive list of venues in the West Midlands area (recently confirmed if in yellow):
Shropshire Windy Munday Farm - Non-league - and on a holiday complex Pitchford Estate Condover Nr Shrewsbury SY5 7NR Village Inn - Non-league - Stoke Street, Milborough Village Hall, Shropshire SY8 2EJ Golden Cross - Non league - High Street, Clee Hill, Shropshire SY8 3LZ The Castle Hotel - Non-league - The Square Bishop's Castle Shropshire SY9 5BN Tel: +44 (0)1588 638403 Old Fighting Cocks - non-League - Market Street, Oakengates, Telford, TF2 6DU The Boat Inn - Non league - Ferry Rd Jackfield, Telford Shropshire TF8 7LS White Lion - Non league - 3 West Castle Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV16 4AB (up for sale on eBay 12/2/18)
Staffordshire The New Inn - Non-league - Burton Road, Needwood Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 9PB 01283 575 392 The White Star - Non-league - 63 Kingsway, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 1JB Get Directions 01782 848 732 The Cavalier - Non league - Riceyman Rd, Bradwell, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire ST5 8LH The Bulls Head - Non-league - 14 St John's Square, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3AJ 01782 834 153 The Vaults - non-League - 22 Market Place, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8HP Sun Inn - Non league - (Tequila Red) 7 Lichfield Rd Stafford ST17 4JX Bank House Inn - Non league - High Street, Hixon, Stafford ST18 0QF Uxbridge Arms - Non league - 2 Church St Chasetown, Burntwood, Staffordshire WS7 3QL
West Midlands Post Office Vaults - non-League - 84 New Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B2 4BA Halesowen Cricket Club - Non league - Seth Somers Park, Grange Road Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3EG The Old Still - Non league - 14 King Street City Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 1ST The Stile - non-league - 3 Harrow Street, Wolverhampton WV1 4PB Combermere Arms - non-league - 90 Chapel Ash, City Centre, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV3 0TY
Warwickshire The Lord Nelson - Non-league - 69 Priory Road Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5EA The Moathouse Inn - Non league - King's Coughton Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5QF The Broom Tavern - Non-league - High Street, Broom, Alcester, Warwickshire B50 4HL Red Lion - Non League - Atherstone Road Atherstone, Pinwall Warwickshire CV9 3NB The Parade Club - Non league - 24 Coton Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 5TJ Rose Inn - Non-league - Coton Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 5TW Weavers Arms - Non league - 12 Long St, Ryton, Bulkington, Bedworth, Warwickshire CV12 9JZ The Alexandra Arms - Non-league - 72-73, James St, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2SL. Tel: 01788 578660 The Case is Altered - Non-league - Five Ways Hatton, Warwick, Warwickshire CV35 7JD Wellesbourne Conference Centre - Non league - Wellesbourne Warwick CV35 9EF 024 7657 5058 Willow Tree Farm - non-League - Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 4JJ
Worcestershire & Hereford The Angel - Non-league - Load Street Bewdley Worcs DY12 2AW Telephone 01299 402271 Brunswick Arms - non-league - 50 Malvern Road, Worcester WR2 4LQ Ye Olde Anchor Inn - non-league - 5 High Street, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire WR8 0HQ Dormy House Hotel - Non-league - Willersey Hill Broadway Worcestershire WR12 7LF, England Telephone 01386 852711 The Swan - Non-league - OLd Worcester Road, Newland, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 5AY The Chase Inn - Non-league - Upper Colwall Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6DJ The Morgan - Non league - (was Cavalry Arms) 52 Clarence Rd Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3EQ Lamb Inn - Non league - 87 West Malvern Road Malvern Worcs WR14 4HG Alma Inn - Non-league - Linton Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7RY 01989 720 355
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