Pool Table Accessories You Must Have

A pool table entices people to play games and watch the balls roll around the table. A pool is an indoor game and you can enjoy a great time with your loved ones while playing billiards. Thus, it becomes very important to keep your table in the right shape while also enhancing your billiards skills. You would like to have the necessary tools or accessories that can help you maintain your billiard table and improve our game. Given below are a few pool table accessories that every pool table owner must have at his or her place:

Ball Rack

A ball rack, which is at times, is also called a triangle, is a pool table accessory which is used to place the billiard balls in their initial positions as the game begins. The ball racks help to keep the balls in the right position without disturbing their pattern. Traditional racks come in shape of a triangle and are usually made of plastic, wood, or metal. Modern racks are made with a thin material comprising of accurate cut-outs to keep the balls in their designated places. One of the most common shapes for a ball rack is an equilateral triangle. You can get the perfect racks for 8-Ball, 9-Ball, and 10-Ball positions.

Pool Table Cleaning Equipment

A pool table is very expensive and to make it last for years, it needs proper cleaning and maintenance. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional player or just someone who loves to play billiard as a hobby, by taking proper re of your pool table, you can certainly enhance your gaming experience on your pool table.

Given below are some of the cleaning tools for a pool table:

  • Pool Table Brush – The spikes of a pool table brush are designed in such a way that they can be used on a pool table top. Once the game has finished, you can use the brush to remove, dust, chalk dirt, and other dirty scraps. You can get the brushes from pool table stores, or from some sport equipment stores.
  • Vacuum Cleaner– You can use the vacuum cleaner with light pressure to clean the fabric on the table and other areas including table pockets for balls. It will remove the smallest dust particles from the table.
  • Cleaning solutions – If your pool table has stains that are difficult to remove with simple cleaning tips, you can use cleaning solutions for deep cleaning. Spray cleaners are very popular and a very effective answer to cleaning your pool table stains. There are many cleaning products available on the market that are specifically used for cleaning pool tables. You can take a microfiber cloth and take some spray cleaner on it, and wipe the table clean. In addition, there are also cleaning products available for cleaning the balls.

 Bridge Sticks and Heads

If you want to improve your billiard game skills, there are several tools available on the market. One of the things that you can use to stabilize your shot while also decreasing sideward movement, Pool Bridge sticks and heads can be ideal options. These accessories help the player in achieving the shot accuracy while in the middle of the game. If you are having a problem with your shot and couldn’t find the right balance to hit the ball, bridge sticks and heads can solve your problem.

Cue Wall Rack

Cue wall racks are a perfect place to put your pool cue sticks. When you own a pool table, you also need a rack to store your cue sticks as you just can’t leave them on your table or lying just about anywhere in your game room. There are a variety of pool cue stick racks of different sizes.  You can easily use a wall rack to exhibit all your pool sticks attractively on the wall and take out whatever cue stick you want without disturbing the arrangement of other sticks and making a mess, especially in front of the guests.

Pool Table Light

When playing billiards, pool table lighting is very important to make all the plays right, especially if the game is being played in a room away from the daylight or during a night party. Without proper pool table light, the other lights in the room can create unwanted shadows on the table and around the room, which can affect your shots and at times, might also make it almost impossible to take shots. By making sure that there is proper pool table lighting at the proper places, you will not get distracted by shadows or glare of the light while taking your shot at the pool table and you will also be able to enjoy your time while playing billiards. Pool table lightings are available in various designs and budgets. Olhausen not just makes pool tables but also make lights you can Some are more decorative than others, however, all the lights perform the same task, to deliver enough lighting that you can play billiards without any interruption and enjoy it to its fullest.

Billiard Table Cover

A billiard table makes a great addition to your home décor and your gaming and entertainment hobbies. It also provides a great fun time for family and social get-togethers. As a result, it is important to keep your pool table in good condition, especially when you are not using it. To protect your pool table from dust and other kinds of dirt, you can use a billiard table cover. It will safeguard and extend the lifespan of your pool table for future use and entertainment. You can find several options to choose from based on size, color, material, design, functionality, and more, based on your needs and preferences.

Billiard Cue Tips

It is generally a well-recognized fact that a major part of the performance of pool sticks lies in the first six inches. At the end of the stick is the rubber billiard cue tip. It is from the pool cue tip that the energy of the shot is transferred to the billiard ball on the table and a good player with a good shot will get the desired result with right accuracy, speed, and direction.  As a result, it becomes very important to pick the right pool cue tip. There are various kinds of cue tips available including soft tips and hard tips. If you want to achieve consistency in your game, make sure you get the right cue tip for better performance.

Billiard Chalk

Billiard chalk is used at the tip of the cue stick, usually before every shot. It helps in improving the tip’s motion-resistance and contact with the ball to achieve better timing, accuracy, and direction during the non-centric hit.

Billiard Glove

Many billiard players use the billiard glove to get a better grip on the cue stick. If your hands sweat a lot or turn clammy during the games, you will find it difficult to maintain a firm grip on the cue stick. You can use a pool glove to solve that problem.

With Olhausen Billiards, you will find a number of pool table accessories the can provide your best gaming experience, while also taking care of your table and increasing its lifespan for years in the future. You can improve your complete billiard-playing experience with the right tools and accessories, and that too without disrupting your budget.

Top Billiards Tours And League

When it comes to the history of billiards, it is long, rich and full of colors. The game has been played by many including royals, commoners, presidents, ladies, gentlemen, and many more. Initially played as a lawn game sometime in Northern Europe and perhaps France during the era of the 15th century, and later on, the game was moved indoors on a wooden table with a cover of green cloth giving an impression of grass with the simple border around the boundaries. The word “billiard” has been originated from French.

Today, billiards is a game which is not just popular in England but all over the world. Every year, many tours and leagues are conducted by various national and international authorities where thousands and thousands of pool players from around the world participate.

Given below are some of the major tours and leagues that are played in the world of billiards:

  1. WPA World Nine-ball Championship

Sanctioned by World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA), the WPA World Nine-ball Championship is a yearly and international nine-ball pool tournament, which was started in the year 1990. In the March of the year 1990, the first WPA World Nine-ball Championship was played in Bergheim of Germany. This tournament is chiefly sponsored and organized by Matchroom Sport. It is organized in three main categories, and it is being held in Doha in Qatar since the ear 2010.

  1. WPA World Ten-ball Championship

Authorized by the World Pool-Billiard Association, i.e. WPA, the WPA World Ten-ball Championship is a ten-ball pocket billiards tournament where many professional billiard players participate. The first ever WPA World Ten-Ball Championship was organized in Philippine International Convention Center in Manila and the total winning amounts were the US $400,000. The tournament was held in 2008, between September 29 and October 5. A total of 128 players participated from 44 different countries.

  1. WPA World Eight-ball Championship

The WPA World Eight-ball Championship is held by WPA, also known as World Pool-Billiard Association. It is an eight-ball billiards tournament, which was initially organized by Ahmed Ibrahim and Mithaq Jalali in Fujairah. Then for the next couple of years, the tournament was not held anywhere in the world. However, in 2017, this tournament returned in the Olympic center in Jinan, China, where a total of 64 contestants participated with winning prizes over $200,000.

  1. APA World Pool Championships

Organized by APA, or American Poolplayers Association, the APA World Pool Championship is the largest pool tournament of the world. These pool tournaments are the kind of finale of weekly basis league play by APA which are held at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. This championship includes the 8-Ball World Championship, 9-Ball World Championship, Ladies 8-Ball Championship, Masters Championship, Jack & Jill Championship, and MiniMania events.

  1. APA Poolplayer Championships

APA Poolplayer Championship was held from April 25 to 29, in 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the culmination of separate games played by individuals. The event comprises of the 9-ball shootout and 8-Ball Classic and 9-Ball Shootout which are held in combination with the APA Poolplayer Championships in Las Vegas. In addition, there are also the Wheelchair, 8-Ball Doubles, and 9-Ball Doubles Championships, along with the events of MiniMania.

  1. U.S. Amateur Championship

For 2017, this championship was held from November 8 to 12, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. This tournament is organized to give an opportunity to novices and other pool players who do not have the skills of a professional pool player. It is an opportunity for them to show their skills at one of the most prominent amateur championships. It will also give the amateur pool players a chance to play at the highest level. This championship was inaugurated in the year 1994 and the competition level keeps on improving in every tournament. In 2018, it is to be held in Palm Harbor, Florida from November 7 to 11.

  1. APA Junior Championships

For 2018, the APA Junior Championship was held from July 5 to July 8 at Renaissance Airport Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. It is a 9-Ball tournament is where all the active members and players of APA between the ages of 7 and 18 can participate. The event was inaugurated in 2014, and before 2018, it was held in Davenport in Iowa.

  1. IPA Premiere League

IPA stands for International Professional Pool Association. IPA Premiere league is organized by this association and the best pool players in the United Kingdom participate in this tournament to become the Professional Premier League Champion.  This IPA tournament is acknowledged as the professional blackball pool tournament by the World Pool Association or WPA. Every year, the IPA organizes the five-event series touring across the UK. This tour is also organized to promote IPA to the rest of the world.

  1. IPA World Pool Championship

The IPA World Pool Championship has been intended to find the best pool player in the world.  If you want to compete against the best in the world, this championship is the place for you. This tournament offers some big prize money and exposure to a wide array of audience. Many events take place in this championship and you can enter any event you want that you are eligible for. It is operated by a group of professional tournament supervisors and referees who have years of experience between them.

  1. World Eightball Pool Championship

The World Eightball Pool Championship is organized by World Eightball Pool Federation. It is held every year and comprises of open, women’s, and juniors’ categories. This tournament is held on a regular basis at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool in England. Europe, Australia, and South Africa participate in this tournament.

  1. WPBA Grand Slam Event

WPBA Grand Slam Event is organized by Women’s Professional Billiard Association or WPBA. In 2018, this event was organized at Soaring Eagle Casino from January 3 to January 7. The WPBA is the official body of women’s professional billiards in the U.S.A, and it is also one of the oldest women’s professional sports establishments in the world. It was initiated in the year 1976.

Top 7 Best Female Snooker Players

Snooker is a popular cue sport which was founded by British Army officials in the 19th century.  The game gained immense popularity in a very short duration of time and is now one of the most popular board games available. The game is governed by WPBSA or World Professional Billiard and Snooker Association.

Nowadays Snooker is played by millions of worldwide player. It is played by both beginners as well as professionals players in international tournaments. Not just men but women are also performing equally well in it.  Here we have made a list of the most talented female snooker players from around the world.

Top 7 Female Snooker players

  1. Ng On-Yee

Ng On-Yee is a very well known snooker player from Hong Kong. Ng is currently ranked number one in the world according to World Ladies Billiard and Snooker Ranking. In her carrier, she has won an endless number of world title that’s the reason why she is popularly known as best of best.

Ng On-Yee started learning snooker at the age of 13 in her father’s Snooker hall and left her school when she was 17 to concentrate on the game. Ng won her first international title in the year 2009. She won the title of WLBSA Ladies World Snooker Championship three times in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

As a member of women six red teams, she won a gold medal and a bronze medal in women singles in the 2010 Asian Games. Ng also won IBSF World Championship in 2010. Ng On-Yee is a fearless player who never gives up.

  1. Reanne Evans

Reanne Evans born on 25th of October 1985 is a former professional Snooker player from West Midlands, England. Evan started playing snooker at the age of 13 inspired by her brothers. She won the title of WLBSA Ladies World Snooker Champion for ten consecutive times from the year 2005 to 2014. In 2015 she was defeated by Nee On-Yee currently ranked number one. Again in the year 2016, she regained her world champion title.

Evans became pregnant in 2005 while she was in a relationship with an Irish snooker players Mark Allen and won the Women’s World Championship title in 2006 while she was 7 months pregnant. She has won numerous snooker championship all around the world. In the year 2007, she became Ladies, UK champion. Reanne was the first women to reach the finals of Professional ranking Snooker tournament by defeating Thepchaiya Un-Nooh of Thailand.

  1. Maria Catalano

Maria Catalano is an English Snooker player. Maria was born in February 1982 in England is a cousin of Ronnie O’Sullivan who is five times world professional champion. Maria’s highest ranking is world number one. She is currently at the third position in the World Ladies Billiard and Snooker rankings.

Maria won the British Open Championship in the year 2008. She became the six times winner of Connie Gough Trophy by defeating Rebecca Kenna in the finals by 4-2 in the previous year.  Catalano is a former the UK ladies champion and is also a five times World Women Championship runner-up. Recently she has defeated one of her best friend Reanne Evans in the semifinal round of world women championship but unfortunately lost the finals by Ng On-Yee.

  1. Rebecca Kenna

Rebecca is a professional snooker player from England who has earned so much popularity in the past few years. She is a relatively new player who’s highest ranking in world number 3. Right now she is at world number 4rth position.

Rebecca reached the semi-finals of World Ladies Billiard and Snooker Championship of 2016, this made her so popular as it was her debut appearance. Sheis performing consistently very well right from the beginning of her carrier. She is the semi-finalist of world ladies championship in 2016 as well as 2017 and is also the finalist of Connie Gough Trophy championship 2017. Rebecca Kenna is now focusing on the World Championship title.

Rebecca was born and brought up Keighley, England. Other than playing snooker she is keenly interested in playing football. She is also a personal trainer.

  1. Laura Evans

Laura Evans is a professional snooker player from since 1999. She is from Glynneath Wales.  She is currently ranked at world number five. Laura Evans, Welsh Women world number one made her way to the finals of the Wold Ladies Billiard and Snooker Championship in 2015 which gave a boost to his world ranking and she reached world number 4 her highest carrier ranking.

She was a runner-up at 2015 Eden Ladies Master championship and has also reached the semi-finals of Eden Classic Tournament in 2016, Eden Women’s Masters in 2017, UK Ladies championship in 2016 and Connie Gough Trophy in 2017.

  1. Katrina Wan

A snooker player from Hong Kong Katrina Wan started playing in the international tournament in 2013. She won her first title of the World ladies pair Championship together with world’s number one Ng On Yee in the year 2016 when she defeated Maria Catalano and Tatjana Vasiljeva. Apart from this, she has reached the semi-finals and quarterfinals of UK Ladies Championship 2015 and World Women Championship in 2017 respectively. Katrina is currently world number 6 with his highest ranking of 5.

  1. Suzie Opacic

Suzie is another English snooker player from Eastleigh England. She is playing snooker in competitive levels since 2005 and won her first title of World Ladies Junior championship in 2006. Suzie’s highest carrier ranking is world number 5.

She is a semi-finalist of WLBS UK Ladies Championship in 2006 and 2007 and a finalist of 2017 World Women pair championship. In the session 2016/17, she reached the quarterfinals of three ranking events.

The world number 7 Suzie Opacic was a very big snooker fan from an early age. She works as a town planner in the Expansion team of Heathrow airport.  Overall she is a very talented player with a bright future ahead.