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Pool Tables

Pool tables, sometimes called pocket billiards tables, are specific to the various pool games such as eight-ball, nine-ball, straight pool and one-pocket. As the name implies, pocket billiards tables have pockets; normally six of them – one at each corner of the table (corner pockets) and one at the midpoint of each of the longer sides (side pockets).

Pocket billiard tables come in different sizes, typically referred to as 9-foot, 8-foot, or 7-foot tables.

Pockets, usually rimmed with leather or plastic, may have leather bags to catch the balls, common in home billiard rooms.

The Bed
For World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) tournament play, the bed of the pocket billiard table must be made of slate no less than 1 inch (2.54 cm) thick. The flatness of the table must be no greater than +0.020 inches (0.508 mm) lengthwise and +0.010 inches (0.254 mm) across the width.

Tables not for tournament play may often use a slate bed as well, but the slate may be less than 1 inch (2.54 cm) thick. Other materials used for pocket billiard table beds include wood (typically medium-density fiberboard) and synthetic materials under various trade names.

Sights, or diamonds, are put on the rails to aid in the aiming of bank or kick shots. There are six along each long rail (with the side pocket interfering with where the seventh one would go) and three along each short rail. These divide the playing surface into equal squares.

Spots are often used to mark the head and foot spots. Other markings may be a line drawn across the head string and the outline of the rack behind the foot spot where the balls are racked. In addition, in artistic pool, lines are drawn between opposite sights putting a grid on the playing surface.

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