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U.S. Pool Rooms - 10-17-2011, 08:40 AM

I'm traveling the highways trying to see every room in the continental U.S. before they all close. I'm getting stories, history and pictures. I'll try to post two rooms, with front door picts, every week (Mon & Fri). If any has any good stories, info, etc., please share.

I started on I29 in Grand Forks, ND so this is the first room I was at.

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I'll post another on Friday. BTW, I am in the Kansas City area right now.
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10-17-2011, 08:47 AM

IMO, here isn't anything of note left in the DC area, sad to say.

I believe this place is still around though and some history was surely made there:


Golden Cue in Bladensburg

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10-17-2011, 08:49 AM

TJ's Sports Bar is my new home! Great valley barboxes covered in Simonis and they are free! Thanks for coming in Jay!
  
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10-17-2011, 09:13 AM

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They are not supposed to be 'free'. Buy something!!!!!
  
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10-17-2011, 10:04 AM

First Break in Sterling, VA is a very nice room after their reopening. About 30 miles west of D. C. All Diamond tables and one Diamond Billiard table.
  
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10-17-2011, 10:48 AM

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I'm traveling the highways trying to see every room in the continental U.S. before they all close. Snip...
You're doing what?!? Really? With the price of gas these days, I hope you have some serious coin in your pocket...

It would cost far less for you to try to finish the Internet, or just wait 5 years, and visiting every pool hall in the US will become FAR easier with many fewer on the list.


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First Break in Sterling, VA is a very nice room after their reopening. About 30 miles west of D. C. All Diamond tables and one Diamond Billiard table.

It is a decent room... hardly iconic, or worth getting off the hi-way for either, honestly.
  
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10-17-2011, 02:08 PM

If in the KC area, go to Raytown to Raytown Rec. Don Brink owns it and it is a great place to play. 3 cushion, snooker and plenty of 9 footers


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10-17-2011, 03:14 PM

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IMO, here isn't anything of note left in the DC area, sad to say.

I believe this place is still around though and some history was surely made there:


Golden Cue in Bladensburg

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Hey black,i was in that room 1 time over 25years ago,1 nite there was no action going on at the old bill and billies in glen burnie,so little Nicky,baldwin,Eugene and myself all toke a ride out to the golden cue,Baldwin and Nicky new that Timmy Crown was hanging around there,so we walk threw the door and there is Timmy n Stuie,so Nicky and timmy start playing a race to 5 for 2000,Nicky is spotting Timmy 9-7,Timmy wins the first 4 games in less then an hour,4or5 hours later Nicky ties it up at 4-4(u talk about grind,thats the best i will ever see)nicky breaks and runs 8,after a couple more turns a peice Nicky wins the money,that was the greatest come back i ever been associated with or seen,oh btw it wasnt the safest looking pool hall i been in,but Baldwin had the equallizer in his coat pocket,if u no what i mean!
  
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Thanks - 10-18-2011, 11:35 AM

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Thankyou Tanner. It really ws my pleasure. I'll be back up eventually since I have family and a son living there now.


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I spent the afternoon with Don at the room. What an absolutely delightful gentleman! I will go back for another "Don dose" as he just has too many good stories.

If anyone is left that knows Don (Don is 83), how about some stories about him. Dallas West? Keith McCready? ABA members? others?

I will post Raytown Recreation's front door picture in a few weeks.


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I spent the afternoon with Don at the room. What an absolutely delightful gentleman! I will go back for another "Don dose" as he just has too many good stories.

If anyone is left that knows Don (Don is 83), how about some stories about him. Dallas West? Keith McCready? ABA members? others?

I will post Raytown Recreation's front door picture in a few weeks.
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10-19-2011, 07:56 AM

There was an interesting story on NPR radio last night that I heard on the drive home. It said that North Dakota is the hot bed of construction and job growth in the USA. All the oil business is making it so that even McDonalds are giving out cash rewards to recruiters and 100k jobs for high school education oil workers is not unusual.

The first thought that went through my mind when reading this was the pool rooms must be doing well and there must be action there with a bunch of oil money floating around. Then I thought...well times are different now...use to be if there was a boom town...pool gambling picked up. Now with online poker maybe not.

Are places like Fargo and Grand Forks doing really well for pool?
  
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...100k jobs for high school education oil workers is not unusual...?
And another 6figure earner is crab fisher!

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10-19-2011, 08:02 AM

Are you going to every pool hall you can or just the higher end/more famous ones.

If your in north east Missouri give me a shout. I'll show you a few, play a few games and buy the 1st round! Good luck to ya!

Here is a quote from George Harrison that is fitting for ya, "If ya don't know where your going any road will take ya there"!


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