I spent 4 hours at the Billiards Cafe last night. Played about 3 of them on the very nice 6x12 snooker table. . . .
I liked it enough to go back once in a while (despite the 1 hour drive from Boston) and probably get a snooker cue.
Please do! You're more than welcome to join us on Tuesday night.
I start practicing at about the time the Tuesday night tournament starts. (The tournament alternates between 8-ball one week and 9-ball the next.) About an hour after I arrive some friends join me, and depending on whether there are two, three, or four of us we'll play doubles or singles. Not everyone can make it every week.
Although I'll continue to play snooker on Tuesdays, I don't mind taking a break to let someone else play a frame or two or more. I wouldn't mind playing in the Tuesday night tournament now and then.
Rethunk: any updates re: other snooker tables in Massachusetts?? I can't believe this is the only 6x12 table you can play on around here.
At least one person in the area owns a table, and I suspect there are several others. I've heard and read little about snooker tables in private homes. If I were to make a guesstimate based on hearsay, I'd say there are probably three to six 12' tables in eastern Massachusetts at most, including tables in storage. I can't substantiate that; it's just a guess.
The table in Ayer is the only public 12' table I know about. I've certainly looked, called, posted, emailed, bothered acquaintances, scanned old blog posts, etc., looking for more tables. I've yet to find so much as a 10' table in Maine or Vermont.
The 10' table in Portsmouth, N.H. needs some love from a table mechanic. I haven't had a chance to visit the 10' table in Springfield.
Snooker on anything smaller than a 6x12 just isn't snooker to me. With all the international folks in Boston -- lots of Asians, Canadians & Brits -- there must be a higher demand than that.
That's been my guess, too, but I haven't run into too many people who know how to play the game. Some people who know how to play snooker are happy playing in their weekly pool leagues elsewhere.
One of these days I'll have to advertise by walking through Chinatown wearing one of my FindSnooker.com shirts. Even if no one approached me, somebody might see the shirt, go to the website, and plan a trip to Ayer. My wife would probably fall ill from embarrassment if I wore that shirt in public next to her, so I'd have to brave the streets alone (with a milk tea in hand).
When I asked some staff at Jilllian's and other places around Boston most of them did not even know what snooker was. Does anybody know what happened to other tables that used to be in Fenway's Boston Billiards Club or Jillian's?
I'm not sure.
In Quincy there was a 12' table at Renaissance Billiards, which closed several years ago. A while ago McChen saw the table still inside. I've never visited the building, as I'm rarely ever that far south.
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