The game of pool or billiards is one that has been around for centuries and is still played today. Although a variation from that original game that was mostly reserved for Nobles, pool tables today are almost always a popular gathering spot for novices and experts alike. Why? Because pool is easy to learn, challenging enough to keep experts practicing and can be played with a variety of numbers or teams. Here at Steamers Sports Pub, we love offering people the chance to play with some great pool tables and want to tell you a little more about the history of this game.
The game of pool is now played on pool tables, but that wasn’t always the case. Pool started out being played on flat expanses of grassy lawns in a game that is similar to croquet. The first recorded game was somewhere in France in about 1340. Instead of remaining an outdoor game, it started to move indoors and the games were scaled down to fit on the size of a table, with green coverings to mimic the grass. Now you know why pool felt is almost always green!
The name was changed to pool in the 1900s when people betting on horse races would gather in rooms with billiard tables and “pool” their money either won or lost on racing. While pool tables are now found in all sorts of places from church basements to bars, we hope you’ll take the time to try ours out here at Steamers and consider joining one of our pool leagues. Come and try out our pool tables today and enjoy a game that dates back centuries!