Monday, July 22, 2013

McKinlay Books Place at Ladbrokes UK Open

If you are a regular customer of Billiards Boutique or receive our email newsletter or follow us on this blog and other social networks you will know that on Sunday we hosted a qualifier for the Ladbrokes UK Open Pool Championships. The qualifier was held at Snookes, Weymouth.

I have to be honest and say that is was a very disappointing turnout with only 8 entries and only 7 players actually making it on the day. This didn't detract from some good action though as 6 out of the 7 participants play for the Dorset Blackball Pool Team and the other player plays for the World Rules equivalent!

In the first round I managed to catch the bye! I even did the draw to cries of "Fix!!" Bt I can assure you it was all above board.

So the actual matches meant that England International Mark Cottingham played England Trialist Keith Taylor. Cottingham coming through easily with a 5-0 victory.

In the other matches Charlie McKinlay progressed with a 5-2 win and Jason Raybould beat Lee Todd by the same scoreline.

There was one spot available in the eventual Ladbrokes UK Open [link to Facebook page], an event that carries over £13,000 prize money, so the last four players were looking for that entry.

The semi's saw the following results:

Charlie McKinlay 5-4 Mark Cottingham
Jason Raybould 5-3 Pete Williams (I was robbed!)

The final was extended to a best of 11 frame affair and these two behemoths of Weymouth pool locked horns desparate to get into the 128 in Scotland.

It was McKinlay that came out the victor with a 6-4 win and will now represent Weymouth in the main event in September where a number of world class players will be in attendance. We will keep a watchful eye on Charlie during the tournament as he will also be flying the flag for Billiards Boutique.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

7 Things to Consider When Buying a Snooker Cue

After years of selling snooker related items I have come across some very regular questions from potential customers. So, with that in mind I thought I would put together a short guide.

Read below for my 7 Things to Consider When Buying a Snooker Cue.

1. Materials

A good quality snooker cue will generally be made from two basic materials, ash for the shaft section and then Ebony (or in some cases Rosewood) for the butt section. But there are other options like a maple shaft and exotic woods in the butt section. Also be aware that many cheaper cues on the market will not have a spliced butt section but will have overlays or decals to create the look of proper ebony or rosewood.

2. Joint Position

There are three main types of snooker cue. 1 piece snooker cues are simply that, 1 solid piece of cue with no joint at all. The other two types are both in effect 2 piece cues as they have a joint positioned somewhere along the cue. 2 piece cues are centre-jointed and have the joint across the shaft section. 3/4 cues have the joint positioned across the butt section. The three main joint positions do tend to offer a different hit or feel so try before you buy if feel is important.

3. The Tip

Most snooker cues come supplied with a brass ferrule (the metal ring at the top) and stick-on leather cue tip at 9.5mm-10mm diametre. This is a standard size opted for by most players and cue makers. Smaller and larger sizes are available and again offer different performance but in most cases would carry an additional charge. Try to steer clear of screw-in tips because they do not offer the consistency or flexibility of a stick on tip. Stick-on tips are available in a wide variety of styles, hardness grades and price brackets which can make a big difference to your performance.

4. The Design

To many of our customers design is a very important factor to consider when buying a snooker cue. I always like to make it clear however that the design of the butt section will not affect the playing characteristics of the cue, it is simply decoration. The only other point I would make is that this is relevant to both solid wood cues and cues with a decal design. The design will affect the cost, the more intricate those inlays or exotic those woods are the more money you will pay.

5. The Splice

The splice is the way that the butt wood is fitted, or spliced, onto the shaft section. There are two distinct ways. By machine is the first and results in slightly cheaper cues, a machine spliced cue will have very sharp points at the top of the butt wood. the second way is by hand, hand spliced snooker cues are more expensive simply because of the workmanship and specialist skills required to do the job. Hand spliced snooker cues will have a more rounded point on the four sections of the splice.

6. Protection

Snooker cues are made from a natural product, wood, so can be damaged if not protected effectively. I think it is very important to consider buying a snooker cue case with any cue at the time of purchase if you do not already own one. One reason is because you can generally get a better deal on a case when purchased at the same time as a snooker cue, there are also often available many snooker cue and case sets that also bring the price down further. Secondly, when buying over the Internet or Telephone your cue has to be delivered, now whilst every attempt is made to protect a cue in transit the job is easier if it is inside a cue case.

7. Your Playing Level

You need to consider this when buying a snooker cue as a recreational player or beginner will have different requirements to a tournament player or professional. How much use are you as a beginner going to get out of a £200 snooker cue? Whatever you buy they will be built to last if treated in the right manner so go with something that is comfortable on the pocket as well as comfortable on the table.

I hope you have enjoyed this article if you have any points or comments or additions please let me know in the comments.

Written by Peter Williams

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Restoring My Faith in Humanity (or at Least some of it!)

Photo Credit M. Gifford via Flickr
A couple of things this month have happened that have really made me feel great, and instilled in me that there really are some trustworthy and honest people in the world.

We are not talking huge amounts of money in either case but both stories show that good customer service can win through!

The first story is regarding a customer in Brazil who purchased an Extenda Push-on Telescopic Snooker Cue Extension, this was originally ordered and dispatched in April of this year. After two weeks of waiting the extension never arrived so in this case I refunded the customer straight away.

Out of the blue the same customer emailed this week to say that they had finally received the extension and that it had been held in customs, firstly wow for coming clean, but secondly, and this is the amazing part, that customer then offered to pay the full price and the shipping cost they would have originally incurred. I was astounded as there is no way in the world I could enforce such a request. Ultimately I was prepared to let him have it for free, the refund had been made of course. True to his word the customer logged onto the website and made the payment.

The second story involved a number of pool cue ferrules. The customer, from the UK, contacted me to say that the ferrules were not the correct size when he had measured them with calipers. So I instantly sent him some more after making sure ours were the correct size.

The customer then rang and made an apology that his calipers were not working correctly and offered to pay for the second batch of ferrules.

Two stories where I think good customer service along with trustworthy and honest customers has meant that a small bit of karma has been restored to the world!

Do you have any similar stories?

Friday, July 05, 2013

11 Snooker or Pool Events to Look Forward to in the Second Half of 2013

We have now reached the second half of 2013, I know I don't quite know where the first half went either! With it now being the run downhill to the start of yet another new year I thought I would put together a list of 10 snooker or pool events to look forward to in the second half of 2013.

  1. Saturday July 13th - World Snooker Championship Tickets go on sale! Not an event in itself, although some might regard it as such, but at 10am on the 13th of this month the tickets go on sale for the 2014 World Snooker Championships at the Crucible. Tickets generally sell out very quickly so get on the phone on 0844 65 65 147.
  2. July 25th - August 4th - The World Games. This is the second tier of multi sports gaming after the Olympics and where some sports can make the breakthrough to fully-fledged Olympic events. Good news for us is that 3-Cushion Billiards, 9-Ball Pool and Snooker are all represented at the event being held in Cali Colombia.
  3. August 6th - 12th - WPA Women's World 9-Ball Pool Championships. The top women professionals including Britains Kelly Fisher and Korean star Ga-Young Kim compete to become the 2013 World Champion in Shenyang, China.
  4. September 2nd - 7th - 6 Reds Snooker World Championships, Bangkok Thailand.
  5. September 2nd - 13th - WPA Men's World 9-Ball Pool Championships, Doha, Qatar. Expect British stars like Chris Melling and World Number 1, Darren Appleton to feature strongly at this official World championship and World ranking event.
  6. September 13th - 15th - IPA Tour Stop #4, the top players of the Blackball pool game descend on the Hilton Hotel in Warwick for the fourth stop on the rejuvenated IPA Tour. Gareth Potts, Ben Davies, Lee Clough and Adam Davis will all be looking to win the cash and take the trophy.
  7. October 15th - 20th - World 3-Cushion Billiards Championships from Antwerp, Belgium. European players will feature heavily in this event. If you haven't seen this game (that uses a table without pockets) before then get across to Eurosport for this one.
  8. October 25th-27th World Pool Masters - One of 9-Ball's longest running invitational events, this time returning to the UK and the Metrodome Leisure Complex in Barnsley.
  9. October 31st - November 25th - WPBL Bonus Ball Play-offs. If you haven't seen this game yet then watch a complete game embedded below. Some of the top players see this team format as the future of professional pool.
  10. 27th November - 8th December - UK Championship Snooker. Regarded as snooker's second most prestigious event this year back at the Barbican Centre in York.
  11. 2nd - 5th December - One of the greatest shows in Billiards as teams from the USA and Europe do battle for the coveted Mosconi Cup. Pool's equivalent of the Ryder Cup with Europe expected to be the favourites.
There are of course 100's if not 1000's of events across the world in the next 6 months if you think I have missed anything big then let me know in the comments.

Bonus Ball - Outlaws vs Fire

Asking me for Sponsorship

At least once every two weeks I get an unsolicited email in my inbox from a pool or snooker player, or tournament, or charitable organisation, asking me for sponsorship.

In most cases I believe that the person asking for support really does think that there is a good fit for their respective project, but in the majority of these numerous contacts nobody ever really offers value.

Sponsorship is a two-way arrangement the person or organisation receives the money and the sponsor receives something in return - not rocket science, however, just offering a space on a waistcoat these days is simply not enough.

If I am going to sponsor an event or individual then I am looking for some very important factors you can see these listed below:

  1. Professionalism - if you want money off me then you have to show a certain level of professionalism, this does not mean you have to be a professional player but that you conduct yourself in a respectable manner and approach me either via email or phone in a courteous and respectful way.
  2. Offer Value - What am I going to get in return for handing over my hard-earned cash? You need to think long and hard about this and how you can bring value to any proposition. If you can't see how I will make my money back then you are unlikely to receive any support.
  3. Detailed Information - I want to know as much about you, your organisation or your playing background as possible, think about it as almost applying for a job. Provide a CV with your tournament history. Tell me about what you want to achieve short-term and long-term but be realistic.
  4. Research - This is more about finding out what my business does, I don't expect you to remember every price or to have visited every web page but I do expect a certain level of knowledge about what   my brand does and how it is positioned in the market place.
  5. Return on Investment - Marketing these days is much more about metrics, measuring everything and seeing how if I spend X will it return Y. If you have a clear idea about how sponsoring you will make me money then this is a proposition which is going to be more appealing to me, but it has to be measurable, I have to be able to see in black and white the return I have made.
For me anyone wanting money off me has to earn it, money does not come for free I have to work hard to generate it and I would expect you to do the same. Do your background work, put a professional proposition together and by all means let me have a look at it. If you can't be bothered to do the leg work then there is no chance that you will receive any support.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Snooker Twitter Lists

Twitter is a great tool as I am sure many are aware. There has always been (for as long as I can remember anyway) the ability to create and follow lists as well as individual accounts.

This morning I decided to set up some Twitter lists related to snooker to make it easier for me to track what is going on in the professional world of snooker but also for you guys to follow and do the same - if you so wish.

Thus far these are the lists I have created:

Check out the lists, have a browse and feel free to let me know of anything I have missed, I am in no way suggesting that it is a comprehensive list and will of course be added to over time. This can also be with help from you guys.

Over the next few weeks I will be adding additional lists for other elements of snooker and for followers of the pool games. Once again any input would be appreciated.

If you are on Twitter and want to follow Billiards Boutique then this is the link @billiardsboutiq

Monday, June 24, 2013

Which Pool Table Light is Right for My Pool Table?

Brass Bar with Black shades
It is often a very subjective thing buying a pool table light and is often down to a matter of taste, however, whatever style of lighting you opt for there are certain things you need to look out for when purchasing:

1. Table Size

This is by far and away the most important factor as it will affect the playing area of your pool table, you don't want dark areas and likewise you don't want glare or light surpassing the edges of the pool table.
  • For a 6ft or 7ft Table a 3 Shade lamp will give you plenty enough coverage
  • For an 8ft or 9ft table a 4 shade lamp will be most suitable
For snooker tables that are then available in sizes of 10ft or 12ft you would need a full size lamp set, if it has shades this will generally be in 6 shade configuration.

2. Price

As with most products price is important but more so when it comes to electrical equipment we need to consider the price as a very good deal on the wallet can cause a very bad deal on the pool table. It is also very important to consider safety certification as part of the price.

3. Lighting Style

I don't mean from a design and aesthetic point of view here. What I am talking about is how the light does it's job. There are three main ways of lighting the table.
  • Traditional canopy style light. Inside the large canopy are a number of light fittings to accept standard bulbs (can use energy saving bulbs as well). The inside of the canopy is normally white so that the bulbs light reflects evenly over the table. These lights can cause shadowy areas if installed incorrectly and too close to the table, they are also very bulky and in my opinion unsightly.
  • Bar and Shade Style. The pool table lights that we sell at Billiards Boutique all currently come in this style
  • Luminaire style. These lights tend to be much more expensive but utilise tube lighting to give a very even spread of light, due to the tube bulbs they can be much flatter in profile than the other lighting types.
Hopefully this article has given you some insight into both the types of lighting available and what you need to look for when purchasing. One last point to make, due to safety laws always buy from a recognised UK seller.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Snookers All-time Top 10 Century Makers

Stephen Hendry - Snooker's Top Century Break maker in history
The snooker season is well and truly already in full swing but this week see's the first full ranking event of the year out in China, the Wuxi Classic. It started Monday and already the defending champion, Ricky Walden, has been eliminated by a resurgent Jimmy White.

With the new flat draw structure whereby the top 16 are no longer protected until the Last 32 stage we could see a vast number of results not going the way of the more recognised professionals.

Whilst I was having my coffee the other morning it got me thinking though who the top 10 professional players are if you consider century breaks made in professional tournaments.

I have done a bit of research and thanks to @CueTracker_Ron came up with the answers.

The top 10 (currently) all time century break makers are listed below:

  1. Stephen Hendry - 768
  2. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 691
  3. John Higgins - 514
  4. Steve Davis - 345
  5. Jimmy White - 318
  6. Ken Doherty - 315
  7. Peter Ebdon - 303
  8. Ding Junhui - 301
  9. Mark Williams - 293
  10. Mark Selby - 292
It is probably not surprising to find 7 out of the 10 have all been World Champion on at least one occasion. Are there any surprise names on that list for you? Let us know in the comments.



Friday, June 07, 2013

Snooker: Bulgarian Open Underway

Courtesy Worldsnooker.com
As I kind of alluded to previously snooker is no longer a seasonal sport and as soon as one season culminates in the World Championships the next one begins with qualification tournaments and now the European Tour.

The Bulgarian Open (or ET1) is the first fully-fledged opportunity for players to get in front of the TV cameras and gain themselves some ranking points - at least away from the qualification events that is.

The European Tour is simply a rebranded version of the Players Tour Championship and consists of smaller events held in the UK and continental Europe. The biggest change for this season being the big shift upwards in prize money. For the corresponding event last season the winner received roughly £10,000. In the 2013/14 season this has risen to roughly £21300 (I say roughly because prize money for the ET events is paid in Euro.

Anyway, a number of the big names are involved this weekend in Sofia, including Neil Robertson, Graeme Dott, Martin Gould, Jimmy White, Tony Drago, John Higgins, Shau Murphy, Mark Williams and in the draw is also Ronnie O'Sullivan. Be interesting to see if he turns up.

I have personally got Neil Robertson down to win this one, I think the Australian will be in a good position after a less-than-successful end of season so will be the man to beat. He does also seem to like this type of event having won at least one of them last season.

Here you can find the live scoring
Here you can find the draw

Who do you think will win this tournament? Post your thoughts in the comments

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

New Folding Pool Tables

BCE CP-6AG Folding Pool Table
Today we have added two more Folding Pool Tables to our range from BCE/Riley. These particular pool tables have been available for some time but we have recently decided to extend this part of our range.

The BCE CP-5AG and CP-6AG are folding lay flat pool tables in 5ft and 6ft sizes. The tables have American style square cut pockets and come supplied with American Pool Balls in 1-7/8" diametre. The cloth is a striking purple colur and can be kept in good condition with the table brush that is supplied.

Along with the other accessories mentioned the folding pool table comes with 2 cues and some chalk meaning you can play almost straight out of the box.

The CP-5AG and CP-6AG Pool Tables are supplied flat packed and so some assembly is required but all of the instructions are supplied.

Unique storage system
These tables have a unique folding lay flat system developed by BCE that includes integrated wheels in one end of the body of the table so that when the table is laying flat it can easily be wheeled around the home or put into storage. the other end has the carry handle as shown in the diagram opposite.

You can purchase these tables directly from Billiards Boutique with the prices being £184.97 for the 5ft model and £224.97 for the 6ft model, as normal the Billiards Boutique price comes with free UK delivery except to the areas stated on the product page.

If you have any questions about these tables then please give us a call on 01305 458071.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Jason Owen Snooker Cue - Number 127

A short little video below of the latest snooker cue creation by Jason Owen, made for Billiards Boutique.

Cue Number 127 has the following specification:

  • 58" Length
  • 17.75oz weight
  • 9.5mm Mike Wooldridge Super Tip
  • 30mm Butt diametre
  • One piece
  • 12 feathers in the straight grain ash shaft
  • Hand spliced ebony butt
  • Brown Mallee Burr front splice

Saturday, May 25, 2013

10% Off Weekend - The Small Print

This weekend we are running a 10% Off online discount to coincide with our Billiards Boutique store opening on Portland. You can get 10% off everything in our online store with the exceptions listed below.

Discount Terms & Conditions

  • The discount will automatically calculate in the shopping cart for you, so just shop as normal and you will see your discount on the checkout page.
  • Pool Tables, Football Tables, Table Tennis Tables and Air Hockey Tables are not included in the discount BUT they will show in the shopping cart as discounted as our discount management system is not working correctly. If you purchase a table via the website this weekend you will be expected to pay the difference or accept a full refund. We are very sorry for this but we simply do not have the margins to offer the discount on tables.
  • You cannot use any other offer or voucher that you may have to gain extra discount throughout the weekend
  • You can however use any accumulated Loyalty Points to put towards your order.
  • There is no guarantee of stock as it will be a busy weekend but we aim to get everything delivered by the 31st May, if there is a major problem you will be contacted and offered alternatives, to wait, or have a refund.
  • You can also gain the discount by calling us on 01305 458071
  • The discount runs from 9am May 25th until Midnight on May 26th inclusive, orders after this date will not qualify for the discount.

Friday, May 24, 2013

8 Ball Cue Stand - Now in Four Colours

Recently we received a new brochure through the post with the new refreshed and updated 8 Ball Cue Stand. We have been selling these cue stands for a couple of years but now with this brochure came the launch of 3 brand new stock colours.

This week we launched them on our website, as well as the updated traditional black 8 ball cue stand the product is now also available in silver, white and for the snooker fans out there in red.

The 8 Ball Cue Stand has the following specification:

- Hold up to 9 snooker or pool cues, or extensions and rest sticks
- Tapered self-locating holes
- Made in the UK
- Manufactured from durable, shatterproof, high impact polystyrene
- Soft padded base to eliminate slipping and protect flooring
- No mounting or ballast required

Each one regardless of the colour is available for £119.97 with fast and free UK mainland delivery. If you have a brand or colour scheme in mind please contact us for a quote as these stands can be made to order with your own branding if required.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

O'Sullivan Sticks to His Word

Courtesy of Worldsnooker.com
It seems as if the World Snooker season has only just finished with the culmination of Ronnie Sullivan's fourth World title at the beginning of May. Well, after the three Q School events that saw 12 players promoted to the professional ranks for the the next two seasons (including Scotland's Ross Muir who we have followed for many years - blog post to come this week) June see's the start of the 2013/14 season with the Bulgarian Open or ET1.

The draw has recently been released by World Snooker and the exciting news is that Ronnie O'Sullivan has stuck to his word when he said he was going to play some smaller events in the new season.

Joining him is John Higgins who looks to try and wrestle some form back into his game after a difficult end to the last campaign.

For some more information on the draw and the players invlolved in the first event of the new season you can do no worse that go across to ProSnookerBlog.com and read Matt's article, ET1 2013/14: Drawsheet Available.

If you haven't visited Pro Snooker Blog before then it comes highly recommended from us.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Snooker Cues Move into New Premises - and us!

For the past three years we have done the majority of our trade from a loft conversion in our home, needless to say we have outgrown it.

Today we have opened in brand new premises on Portland which gives us the freedom to hold more stock and also be available for more regular walk-in trade.

On site we will house around 75 different snooker cues plus a vast array of snooker accessories and cue cases. These items can all be viewed on site and can also give you a chance to have a physical hold of a snooker cue or cue case before purchasing.

We don't hold every item in stock all of the time so it is always worth giving us a call in advance of a trip especially if you have a specific product in mind.

This does also mean a change of address and telephone number for the business which is currently listed on the website but that I have also placed on here for ease.

Billiards Boutique
(Rear of) 7 Reforne
Portland
Dorset
DT5 2AT
Tel: 01305 458071





Thursday, April 04, 2013

Top Professionals Love Supreme Winner Pool Tables

For some time we have heard whispers that the top pool players really do love the Supreme Winner Pool Table, coupled with the fact that this is our top selling slate bed pool table we decided to ask a few of the pro's that we know why they like these tables so much? After a year of change last season they are also back as the table of choice for the IPA Tour.

Andy MacDonald (IPA Tour Secretary) – 20th Pro Rankings

I think that consistency is the key, they generally play the same from one table to the next. They don't scrimp on cushions either, unlike some manufacturers supreme pool tables use proper rubbers so playing doubles is usually easier to judge. Finally I think they have the right balance on pocket cuts, making it possible to take out some very creative finishes without being too giving on cushion shots.

Andy is also currently promoting Poolcomps.com as well as being the current IPA Pool Tour secretary and Professional player Rep.


Ben Davies – 9th Pro Rankings

The reason I prefer the supreme winner pool table is because its the only table I have played on that plays completely true. You can judge most tables on the way the balls go down the rails, and the majority are either too tight or the jaws are cut wrong or just simply too easy. But the supreme winner is bang in the middle. If you're potting a ball down the rail you need to hit it right on the supreme winner and if you hit it right then there's no limit to the speed you can play the shot, because as long as you're accurate the winner will take it. The cushions, the jaws, the table design is all perfect.

Welshman Ben Davies is a former EUKPF World 8-Ball Champion and you can find him on the web at Ben 'Ding' Davies.

Simon Ward - 29th Pro Rankings

The consistency of the cushions and pockets on the Supreme winner over time is much better than any other table. If you look after a supreme table it will play perfectly, whereas other tables lose a lot of consistency after just a few 100 frames. As a player when you try and pot a ball down the cushion you instinctively know if its going to drop as soon as you've made contact with the object ball, however other tables can be a lot less predictable, and you find yourself playing exactly the same shot twice, one time the ball drops, the second time it doesn't.
Supreme Pool Tables are often criticised for being too 'easy' when brand new, but what table isn't? It's reassuring for a attacking player that no matter what pot you are left with to try and win the frame, if you play it right the table will accept the ball at any speed, whereas you can find yourself playing the shot the way another table is most likely to let the ball drop, rather than how you want to play it. The quality and design of the rubber on the back of the pockets, especially the middles, means that bounce-outs are also very rare, nothing more frustrating than playing a good shot only for the pocket to spit it back out! The RRP [Start at just £699.00 delivered at Billiards Boutique] of the tables is also non comparable to any other tournament tables, making them accessible to anyone who wants to purchase one to practice or to run a tournament. By the players, they are universally recognised as the best pool tables to play on.


2013 is Simon's first season as a Pro on the IPA Tour after being promoted from the amateur ranks last season.

Supreme Winner Pool Table in Mahogany Finish - From £699.00






Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Proud Sponsors of Portland Town Football Club

We have this week announced a three year kit sponsorship deal with Dorset Football League side Portland Town FC. The deal see's Billiards Boutique as the away shirt sponsor for the next three seasons starting with the 2013/14 season.

Having the owner as player/manager of one of the PTFC sides made this possible and he has even got shirt number 147 ordered up to wear around the office!

After having the 147 shirt ordered up he said this, "I have been involved with PTFC for only the one season firstly as a player and now as player/manager and it is a club with very good values that offer playing opportunities for a myriad of players from across Portland, Weymouth and Dorchester, it felt right to sponsor the club going forwards as they potentially move to four adult sides in the Dorset League next season.

It is a great sponsorship opportunity for us as well as we look to develop our business locally, there are already a number of PTFC players that play pool or snooker and have benefited from our services, so long may this continue and hopefully the sponsorship will bring about a bit more awareness of us in the Dorset region.

As a side note I am personally aiming for 147 goals in the 2013/14 season from my position at centre back, hence the pre-ordering of the shirt number!"


Monday, March 25, 2013

5 Reasons Why Halo Snooker Cue Cases are a Must-Have Purchase

Since they were introduced to the range back in June 2012 the Peradon Halo Snooker Cue Cases have become one of our most popular lines. Below we explore five reasons as to why a snooker cue case from this range is a must-have purchase.

Style

The Halo range of snooker cue cases have been designed with style in mind. The cases have a leatherette exterior and an aluminium trim with the Peradon and Halo logo's stitched into the front of the case. The chrome latches also add to this piece of style making a very classy looking cue case. Interestingly the 3/4 range further enhance this by having colour options based on traditional leather snooker cue cases.

Affordability

The Halo Cue Cases are in no way cheap but they certainly are affordable with prices starting at £54.97 for the 2 piece model. What adds to this affordability though is the build quality. A well built snooker cue case will obviously protect your investment in a cue so our customers are prepared to pay for the Halo range.

Robust

Not bomb proof by any stretch of the imagination but the Halo range is very robust and offer a great alternative to a standard attaché style hard case or even aluminium. As mentioned previously the cases are built well and have aluminium trim which runs around the entire exterior of the case which protects it at its weakest points.

Versatility

Another reason why these cue cases have been so popular is that the range is versatile, a case has been created for each type of snooker cue. What you get is the same build quality, affordability and style across the range regardless of which model you are purchasing.

The Leather Alternative

Leather cue cases are always something that players aspire to, what you get with the Halo snooker cue case range is that leather look, leather form and function out of a much more cost effective cue case. the 3/4 cue cases in the range (3/4 red and black patchwork model is pictured) also have patchwork and stripe pattern versions which is very much in keeping with the way real leather cases have gone.

Hopefully this gives you much more of an insight into why these cue cases have become so popular at Billiards Boutique and give you our opinion as to why they really are a must-have purchase. Peradon Snooker Cue Cases have always been popular with our customers but this range has really started to dominate.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Great Value Snooker Cue and Case Packages

We often look at ways in which we can offer excellent value for money to our customers.

One of those ways has been through creating special offer snooker cue and case packages using some great quality snooker cues and adding a decent cue case with cue extensions and snooker accessories to complete the package.

This month we have added no less than three new snooker cue and case packages to the website starting at just £49.97 with free UK delivery as standard.

In order to provide these snooker cue and case packages we have to buy in larger quantities than we normally would so they are only available whilst that extra stock lasts.

As some of you may be aware we are based in Dorset, England and now a number of these snooker cue and case packages are also available for sale in Snookes, Weymouth - our local snooker and pool club. You can get a feel for the cues before purchasing and can then simply pay the guys in the club, the good thing is you still get the usual Billiards Boutique guarantee.

There are still a number of our customers that prefer to do their business over the telephone, this is also perfectly fine, simply call us on 01305 822132 during normal business hours and we will be happy to help.

NOTE: The image features the Britannia Mk 2 Snooker Cue, Case and Extensions Set which costs £69.97