someone was just tellin me about that snooker game in davis sq! is it on a pool table, or a snooker like table with the rounded pockets? playing on such a small table must change the safety aspect a lot!
The matches are played on a standard 4-1/2 x 9 pool table, so the pockets have sharp corners. It's easier to play down the rails, but you can't shoot into the side from quite the same angles. That said, the pockets are huge relative to the balls and hence more forgiving.
You're absolutely right that safety plays are different: on the one hand you can't ever leave a particularly long shot, and on the other hand it's a little easier to play safe in or behind the D since the 2, 3, and 4 balls block a comparatively larger portion of the table. The cloth doesn't have the same nap as a snooker table, which could mean (1) you'll have to tweak your aim for long shots and/or (2) you'll have a better chance of making long pots at a variety of speeds.
The rules are American snooker rules: every foul is 7 points. At Sacco's they also call every shot, even when a red is on.
i have 2 snooker cues currently, a 3/4 jointed Mastercraft and a 1/2 jointed Mastercue. The Mastercraft (http://www.mastercraft-cues.co.uk
) is made in England by Dave Buswell. The Mastercue (http://www.mastercue.th.com
) is from Thailand and also an excellent bargain, though communication with them is kind of dicey as their English isn't great. Both will make it to your custom specs and they are both under $200 for their more basic models! Shipping is a bit expensive though, about $100 for overseas. I didn't want to spend crazy money on something like a Parris and but still wanted something nice to and to my specs and I've been extremely happy with both cues.
Glad to hear it. I've read about both the Mastercraft and Mastercue. I've also looked at John Parris (why not?), Peradon, and others. The guy I played last Sunday said Sacco's has some house snooker cues, though I suspect they'll be low-end models.
If you think you might play at Sacco's some Sunday afternoon please let me know and I'll try to make it, too, assuming I don't have plans with my family.