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.