Brothers Billiards, new kind of pool room.

BRussell

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well i certainly wouldn't join a club to play on anything other than professional size tables.
There aren’t any other 9-ft tables in the city, aside from in people’s homes. People play on Valley leagues, which are on crummy 7-ft tables and then maybe go to Vegas where they play on the same 7-ft tables but a little cleaner. And they play on BCA leagues which can be on any type of table, but then they go to Vegas and play on nice 7-ft Diamonds, like the ones in this room. There’s only one yearly tournament on 9-ft tables in the region, a few hours drive from this room. All the others are on those crummy 7-ft Valley tables or the nice 7-ft Diamond tables. Unfortunately 9-footers are almost non-existent in the region, and by region I mean an area the size of Germany or France.

Someone made a comment about not understanding why they would put in 8-footers. Given the non-existence of 9-footers in the region, 8-footers make sense to me. I’ve been playing on 7-footers almost exclusively for the past decade (except at home), and every time I go to play on a 7-footer they look tiny, like toy tables. The 8-foot Diamonds in this room are really nice tables and the difference isn’t as stark between the 8 and 9.

I was in this room a couple times in the past month, and I got to talk to realkingcobra for a while. Crazy guy. :D The owners are extremely happy with what you’ve done. Man you set up a fast table.
 

Brookeland Bill

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Why in the world does any room install 8’ tables. Reminds me of the crappy rooms in Texas
I agree. After encountering my first 9’ table at LeCue in Houston in 1966 I’ve tried to avoid anything smaller unless I walk into a bar. I can’t imagine a room with only one 9’ table. A one pocket match can go on for hours resul in a long wait time and discouraging play.
 

jtompilot

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It's always much easier to spend someone else's money, rather than your own😉
It’s very difficult to spend my money when I walk in a room and see nothing but bar boxes and 8’ tables.
I’ve walked into Paddy’s in Coeur d’Alene many times and never spent a dime because the only 9’ table was being used. I elected to just walk back out. That’s why I’ll drive the extra 30 minutes to Spokane where I know there’s more than one 9’ table. Pretty simple economics to me👌🎱✈️
 

realkingcobra

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It’s very difficult to spend my money when I walk in a room and see nothing but bar boxes and 8’ tables.
I’ve walked into Paddy’s in Coeur d’Alene many times and never spent a dime because the only 9’ table was being used. I elected to just walk back out. That’s why I’ll drive the extra 30 minutes to Spokane where I know there’s more than one 9’ table. Pretty simple economics to me👌🎱✈️
But you have to look at it from the room owners point of view as well, it's econimics for them too😉
 

Rusty in Montana

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Since we're talking about pool in Billings I remember back when there were 2 Corner Pocket Billiards lounges and you walk in at any given time and there was a good chance you could've had you're pick of 4 1/2 x 9 tables because the bar boxes were in use even the billiard table would at times have a waiting list to play on it .

Yes there were times when it didn't matter which type of table you wanted to play on there was going to be a wait .
I'm playing the devils advocate here but in a perfect world would love to see nothing but 4 1/2 x 9 tables or at least 10 of them and 6 bar box tables with a snooker table and a billiard table which I feel would go begging in the Billings market I'd see Paul S or Johnny play billiards at times but few others so does it warrant the cost of those tables ?

Starting out I don't blame them for their choices of tables more can be added at a later date.
Then there's a bar with a lot of bar boxes out past where the " Broadwater Pocket " was located that did a brisk business when I lived in or near Billings , now I'm quite a ways from there so it's been awhile sincere I was last in there so I cant say one way or another on how there business is.

Mike had a pool room in Billings and mainly 4 1/2 x 9 tables and after so many different times of the cloth needing to be replaced because of abuse and lack of knowledge on how to jump a cue ball properly and who know what all else he fazed / sold them .
Similar to what George Frank did with the Corner Pocket Franchise.
So in closing for now these are my random thoughts on this matter .
 

sos911

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i never support pool halls with only 1 9 ft ... i have been known to just leave if a 9ft isnt available .. i do also spend several hundred a week at poolhalls with plenty of 9 ft tables. my main reason is because 9ft tables are hard to come by now. everyone wants to play on a 7ft table for some odd reason. i mean no disrespect .
 

realkingcobra

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i never support pool halls with only 1 9 ft ... i have been known to just leave if a 9ft isnt available .. i do also spend several hundred a week at poolhalls with plenty of 9 ft tables. my main reason is because 9ft tables are hard to come by now. everyone wants to play on a 7ft table for some odd reason. i mean no disrespect .
But in Brothers, you can't even spend several $100 a month, there's nothing but vending machines to spend your money on😉
 

sos911

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but it doesnt support me as a player.... if i have to go and wait for 1 9ft table to be available i would rather drive 2hrs to a place that has plenty
 

joninnorfolk

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Table dimensions? Don't care. Not enough of one type over another? Don't care. This is Montana and there are too damned few places to play now. I will encourage, support, and frequent as much as I can any attempt at a pool hall or bar with good equipment. I will check out Brothers in the next week in person and I am so stoked to do so, just wish I could play all day and not have the real reason I'm in the "city" be a meeting with a lower spine neurosurgeon.
 

Rusty in Montana

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Yes sir I'm not sure when I first heard that term but it stuck . There also was another bar / pool room right across main st from the heights Corner Pocket but the owners sold it and all those bar boxes but one went away .

The only tournament I ever played in was the Garden City 9 ball tournament at the Missoula Corner Pocket I've not heard or seen anything about it in years so sadly I'm afraid it's gone away also along with all those 4 1/2 x 9 tables .
 
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realkingcobra

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but it doesnt support me as a player.... if i have to go and wait for 1 9ft table to be available i would rather drive 2hrs to a place that has plenty
Your preferences to playing pool has nothing to do with this thread, who cares anyway, you're in the .02% that frequent a pool room anywhere, and are a pain when you do. This is Montana, you don't live here, so you'll never be coming to Brothers Billiards anyway.
 

realkingcobra

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It’s very difficult to spend my money when I walk in a room and see nothing but bar boxes and 8’ tables.
I’ve walked into Paddy’s in Coeur d’Alene many times and never spent a dime because the only 9’ table was being used. I elected to just walk back out. That’s why I’ll drive the extra 30 minutes to Spokane where I know there’s more than one 9’ table. Pretty simple economics to me👌🎱✈️
And that would be Black Diamond Billiards, only other 9ft is at Legacy, and 16 7fts😅
 

Rimfirejunkie

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i never support pool halls with only 1 9 ft ... i have been known to just leave if a 9ft isnt available .. i do also spend several hundred a week at poolhalls with plenty of 9 ft tables. my main reason is because 9ft tables are hard to come by now. everyone wants to play on a 7ft table for some odd reason. i mean no disrespect .

Several hundred what? Pesos?
 
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