Olhausen Hampton Pool Table Delivered to Great Falls Virginia

Posted on June 19, 2015 | 0 comments

Congrats to Stephen and Katherine P. of Great Falls VA seen here with there new 7' custom built Hampton Pool Table by Olhausen Billiards.  The table and basement remodel was designed by Great Falls Distinctive Interiors who worked with Robbies Billiards to design and install this wonderful billiard room space.  The room size was not large enough for the 8' table but a custom built 7' table works perfect for this upscale space in Northern Virginia.  Visit Great Falls Distinctive Interiors online at for more great design ideas or visit a Robbies Billiards showroom location to see this and many other custom Olhausen pool tables.

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Olhausen Harley Davidson Pool Table Delivered to Charles Town West Virginia

Posted on May 28, 2015 | 0 comments
Another proud Olhausen owner in the pan handle of West Virginia is John and Lisa M. of Charles Town.  Check out this custom built Harley Davidson pool table by Olhausen with custom graphics, inlay, and Harley trim pieces only available here.  The bold brass Harley logo is set in the side of the cabinet and on the rails so there is no mistaking this for a cookie cutter import pool table, this is made in America!

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Olhausen Ellianna Pool Table in Charles Town West Virginia

Posted on May 15, 2015 | 0 comments
Ellianna Pool Table West Virginia

Congrats to Bill K. in Charles Town West Virginia on his new 8' Olhausen Ellianna Pool Table custom built by Robbies Billiards.  Bill saw this exact custom color combination at a friends home and loved our Ellianna Design.  He and his wife stopped in our new store in Williamsport and built this custom Brandywine and Black Lacquer looker for thier home in Charles Town right down the road.  The Ellianna is custom built and only available at Robbies Billiards so give us a call at 301-331-7024 or email if you have questions about building your own!

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Olhausen Gabriel Pool Table delivered to Bethesda Maryland

Posted on May 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Congratulations to Scott M. of Bethsda Maryland on his new 8' Olhausen Gabriel Pool Table delivered by Robbies Billiards Home & Patio.  Scott was looking for a high quality solid hardwood Made in the USA pool table that didn't break the bank and boy is he happy with his Olhausen Gabriel.  The table was installed to replace a China made table in the same spot that was falling apart after 15 years of light residential use.  Scott wanted tournament grade Accu-Guard speed cloth in traditional dark green and he is proud to show off this heirloom table.  If you would like info on our exclusive Olhausen Gabriel pool table please call 301-331-7023 or visit a local Robbies Billiards showroom location

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Top 10 Pool Table Designs for 2015

Posted on March 30, 2015 | 0 comments
Home remodeling season is heating up and many home buyers have a pool table in mind for that nice finished basement or entertainment space.  In Maryland and Virginia Pool Tables are still the benchmark for family fun in upscale homes.  Table designs have come a long way in recent years and many contemporary looks have gone main stream.  Dark wood finishes are still king, but distressed and reclaimed wood are becoming more popular by the day.  Here is my Top 10 Hottest Pool Table Designs for 2015:

#10  The Alexandria by Olhausen Billiards
Hand built in Tennessee from solid hardwood the Alexandria is a showpiece pool table custom built for Robbies Billiards in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.  The sweeping modern lines and eye catching custom options make this look unlike anything in the market right now.

#9  The Brixton by Brunswick Billiards
One of the first tables to use a reclaimed beach wood look combined with modern elements like brushed steel, the Brixton is a hot table in the Northern Virginia design community.  They are selling out nation wide but this table is worth the wait.

#8  The Black Light by Billiards Toulet
What is there to say about this high end art table from France other than WOW!  Robbies Billiards is currently the only company distributing the Blacklight on the East Coast so if you have deep pockets and a desire to own one of Europe's most award winning pool table designs then we should talk.

#7  The Nicholas by Olhausen Billiards
Another custom table only available at Robbies Billiards and created for our local designers.  The transitional modern style works in many different spaces and the price is a bargain compared to most modern style pool tables.

#6  The Newport by California House Furniture
This company has come a long way with their pool table line and the Newport puts the design community on notice.  The sweeping leg design and contemporary flair of the Newport is bound to be copied for years to come

#5  The Infinity by Adler
Another pool table with an aspirational price point and for good reason:  This table is unlike anything in the world right now with an MC Escher inspired "infinity" loop in the base and bespoke wood trim everywhere.  Another example of pool table as art that can be appreciated even if you can't afford one.

#4  The Ellianna by Olausen Billiards
Our best selling custom table is going strong for 2015 and still gaining in popularity.  With the timeless traditional arched cabinet carved leg look combined with the ability to "built it your way" the quality of this American Made table leaves an impression on everyone who sees it.

#3  The Ashbury by Presidential Billiards
Created as a Dining Table the Ashbury really works better an  just a pool table for one very good reason:  It is too pretty to cover up with a dining top.  Pictures do not do justice to how pretty this table is in person and it is very affordable as well.  Of course you can still get a dining top if you insist.

#2  The Toledo by Bilijardai
This is the most requested look in the DC Northern Virginia and Maryland area right now because it looks nothing like a pool table!  Available in 6' through 9' sizes, everyone wants a pool table that they can use as a dining table or poker table and this look nails it. 

#1 The Breckenridge by Olhausen Billiards

The Number One best selling custom table in the country this year is the Breckenridge.  Reclaimed barn wood is HOT right now and the Breckenridge is the perfect combination of contemporary lines with the heavily distressed look made popular by companies like Restoration Hardware.  Add the legendary Olhausen reputation for the best built pool tables in the world and a mid range price point and you have the Hottest pool table design for 2015.

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Brunswick vs Olhausen Pool Tables part 2

Posted on November 05, 2014 | 0 comments
The most common question I receive on a daily basis from customers is still "who makes the better pool table Brunswick or Olhausen?"  I attempted to answer this question in my previous blog Olhausen vs Brunswick Pool Tables but since that was written Brunswick discontinued the Camden model that I used to compare the manufacturers.  The point of using the Brunswick Camden vs the Olhausen Santa Ana was to compare two middle price point tables with all the top of the line construction bells and whistles.

Today I am going to compare two tables designed to appeal to a much broader customer base and specifically engineered to hit a lower price point.  The majority of slate pool table sold in the US fall between $2,000 and $2,500 so lets compare Brunswick vs Olhausen Pool Tables in this more affordable price range.  Over the last 10 years we have two pool tables that are all time best sellers in this category.
The first table I would like to offer for comparison is the Brunswick Allenton.  This table is marketed under the Contender Line and is available through Costco, Sears, and some other mass merchant sellers.  The Allenton can still be purchased through the authorized Brunswick dealer network for the time being.  To compare I have our Olhausen Grace Pool Table.  The Grace by Olhausen is only available at Robbies Billiards Home & Patio and carries our Exclusive Lifetime Guarantee.  I am comparing these tables because they are very similarly priced, have a similar style, and are very popular for residential 1st time pool table buyers in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.  The finish on both tables is very consistent and durable.  Olhausen has a catalyzed lacquer finish with a matte texture and very smooth hand.  The Contender Allenton has a high gloss multi stage finish with a plastic like clear coat top layer for added durability.  If you like a more natural wood look the Olhausen finish is superior but the Brunswick finish may be more durable over time.
From an engineering standpoint the Brunswick Allenton and Olhausen Grace are very different.  The Allenton is made in Vietnam from South East Asian Hardwoods and Veneers, Plywood, and features Tru-speed cushion rubber (not Super Speed).  The base frame is shipped disassembled and must be built and squared on site in your home.  Brunswick builds a great knock down product but it is obvious the Allenton is not built to the same standards as the Brunswick Collection Tables that it imitates.  From the hardware to the packaging you can tell this table was built to hit a price point.  The Allenton features the same 1" tournament slate at the Brunswick Collection Tables but that is the only component of the Contender series shared with the higher end tables.

The Olhuasen Grace is a simple table with a solid Fruitwood cabinet and legs (better known as Poplar) and real Accu-Fast tournament cushions.  The rails are only 5" wide vs the 6.5" or wider rails on higher end Olhausen tables but they are real North American Rock Maple rails.  The cabinet is factory squared and pre-assembled but can be knocked down if needed to get into a tight space.   The slate is the same 1" tournament Brazilian slate that Olhausen uses on all of their pool tables and the entire table is built by hand in Tennessee.  Unlike the other Olhausen tables, however, you cannot custom build a Grace any way you like.  The Grace only comes in 7' or 8' and in Traditional Mahogany or Original Cherry wood finish options.  This is a concession to the price point and a great example of how an American company can stay competitively priced against China and Asian manufactured pool tables.

The verdict here is simple.  The Allenton is not a bad table by any means but is does not compare to the Brunswick Collection tables it apes.  If you are in the market for an import pool table you are still better off with the Contender line than other China made products. The Olhausen Grace is clearly a baby Olhausen but it still features everything that makes an Olhausen table special.  From the cushions to the hand built solid hardwood cabinet, you are still getting a real Olhausen when you buy a Grace.  If Made in the USA is still important to you then the debate is over.

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Williamsport MD Showroom Announcement

Posted on July 23, 2014 | 0 comments
I am happy to announce that our new Showroom and Warehouse Clearance Center is staying in the Bowman Business Park effective October 1st 2014.  The new showroom is under construction and will be open for business though the Fall and Winter 2014.  Our address will remain 10212 Governor Lane Blvd, Suite 1010 Williamsport MD 21795 in case you need to find us using GPS or Google Maps.  Robbies Billiards Home & Patio remains the oldest and largest Pool Table store in Maryland and we are excited to start our 66th year in business right here in Washington County Maryland where it all started!  Our Clearance Center and Pro Shop will feature a larger selection of high quality consignment items, floor models, and Western Marylands largest selection of Pool Cues, Cases, and Billiard Playing Accessories.  Call 301-331-7024 for store hours or email me directly at

Patrick McGarity, Owner
Robbies Billiards Home & Patio

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Olhausen Nicholas Pool Table Installed

Posted on May 21, 2014 | 0 comments

We just completed a job for a design client in Northern Virginia involving a penthouse delivery of two Olhausen Nicholas Pool Tables.  The Nicholas is exclusive to Robbies Billiards Home & Patio and it looks stunning in this home when custom built with an Espresso finish on maple.  The client originally ordered Brunswick tables but they wanted custom options and Made in the USA product, so they purchased Brunswick accessory kits.  Check out the pictures and let us know what you think!

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Presidential Celebrity Pool Table Review

Posted on April 23, 2014 | 0 comments

Today we are going to reveiw the Celebrity Pool Table, one of the most popular tables by Presidential Billiards.  Presidential is world famous for thier unique African manufacturing facilty and rare building materials like Teak and African Mahogany.  Featuring a lifetime warranty, solid hardwood construction, and three piece 1" slate the Celebrity is a great place to start evaluating this companies product.

Style:  The Celebrity is a transitional style pool table that fits nicely in todays more contemporary homes.  By transitional I mean that it has a very traditional style rail assembly but a funky "tusk" style leg that flares out and a trendy Espresso dark chocolate wood finish.  This table literally "transitions" between traditional style carved leg tables and the more geometric modern style pool tables starting to become more common place.  Overall, the table is a looker (the picture does not show how this looks with modern leather shield pockets instead of those old school fringe pockets) compared to many cookie cutter designs in this price range.  If you don't like the tusk style leg you can opt for a more traditional Square Tapered Leg but the Tusk Leg is what makes the Celebrity so cool.  Grade:  A-

Construction:  Presidential uses exotic African Mahogany in the construction of the Celebrity.  This tight grained wood finishes like Maple and is eco friendly to harvest.  They do not skimp on the wood in this table either!  There are DUAL 2" wide center beams and 1.5" cabinet construction, no veneer or MDF in this pool table.  The 1" framed slate is Brazilian sourced and levels nicely as most major manufacturer's in the industry buy thier slate from the same couple of suppliers.  Level really does come down to how good the installation tech is at his job.  Our one complaint about the Celebrity is the Knock Down construction of the cabinet is not as solid as tables from manufacturer's like Olhausen who pre-build, square, and level the cabinet in the factory.  The hardware on the Celebrity is substantial but we would like to see a more robust leg bolt on this table to make up for the extreme curve to the "tusk" style leg.  Grade:  B+

Value:  The Celebrity pool table retails for around $3,000 putting it slightly above some of the el-cheapo China made pool tables but below the majority of Olhausen and Brunswick solid wood pool tables.  When you factor in the Solid African Mahogany construction, the funky transitional style, and the excellent reputation of Presidential Billiards this is a very tempting table if you like the look.  Think of it as a value version of the best selling Olhausen Chicago Pool Table.  Grade:  B+

Conclusion:  The Celebrity pool table by Presidential Billiards is a fairly new design but has already become a top seller around the country.  Transitional and modern style tables are very hot right now and the Celebrity hits all of the right buttons.  While we would like to see some improvements on the overall construction there is no doubt this table blows away most China made pool tables for build quality and price point.  Final Grade:  B+


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Pool Table Reviews

Posted on February 28, 2014 | 0 comments
Over the years I have written pool table buyers guides from the perspective of a local family retailer in Maryland since 1954.  The pool table reviews include tables from Brunswick Billiards, Olhausen Billiards, and many other companies and are kept in our Blog page.  Here is a full list of our pool table reviews so you can compare and shop some of the best selling pool tables in Maryland, Virginia, and DC right here at Robbies Billiards Home & Patio.  There are also links to our most popular buyers guides, enjoy!
Olhausen Americana Pool Table Review

Aramith Fusion Dining Pool Table Review

Brunswick Tremont Pool Table Review

Cuszoom Pool Table Review

How much room do I need for a pool table?

Pool Table vs Shuffleboard Table:  What should I get?

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