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Pool Table Reviews 0

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?

Olhausen Americana Pool Table Review 1


Best Pool Tables for Vacation Homes 0

 Over the years we have traveled deep into the West Virginia Appalachian mountains and to beach homes on Maryland's Eastern Shore helping customers outfit vacation homes or rental properties.  Other than a Hot Tub, the Pool Table is the ultimate recreation activity of choice for upscale vacation homes in this area.  Because we have experience setting so many different styles of pool tables here is a list of the "best selling" pool tables for Vacation Homes in Maryland, Virginia, DC, West Virginia, and even Southern Pennsylvania.


The Brunswick Black Wolf Pool Table is first on our list because we sell so many of these for vacation rentals just about anywhere.  The style is retro modern and definitely does not fall into the furniture category.  This is the table you expect renters or kids to beat up a bit and still look pretty good.  Thanks to a high pressure laminate rail, plastic pockets, and heavy duty plywood construction this table certainly takes a beating.  With an MSRP of only $2,159 it is priced very low for a Contender Brunswick Pool Table, so it makes good financial sense as well.  The Black Wolf is not a showpiece, but it is a perfect diversion in between cruising on the lake or hitting beach.

Another strong seller for both vacation homes and rentals is the Legacy Billiards Ryan Pool Table.  The Ryan has gone by a few different 
names over the years, but the design is essentially the same:  tapered legs, leather pockets, minimal carving, and a medium stain on oak wood.  The Legacy Ryan is an import table that stands out as one of the very few remaining imports in Oak.  At one point in the late 90's / early 00's Oak was fairly common but with changing furniture trends most manufacturer's have phased out the "old school" medium oak pool table in this price range.  With an MSRP of only $1,999 the Legacy Ryan Pool Table is a steal for your traditional mountain cabin or lake front get away.

For someone looking to really outfit their traditional mountain cabin look no further than the Olhausen Ponderosa Pool Table.  Every Ponderosa is truly one of a kind, as each table is hand crafted from select pieces of American Pine Logs fitted over a premium Olhausen sub frame, slate, and top of the line accu-fast rails.  Every detail is labored over by the master craftsman at Olhausen Billiards.   From the heavily knotted and distressed wood to the Buffalo Nickel rail sights, the Ponderosa is true showpiece that will define any space it occupies.  The Olhausen Ponderosa is not for the casual buyer with an MSRP of $5,499 but that can be considered a steal compared to other tables of this type.











If you have a little "ranch" in Western Maryland somewhere you have to check out the Olhausen Laredo Pool Table.  This totally unique 
design features custom corrian stone at the base of each Boot carved leg, hand inlaid cowboy rail sights, and legendary Olhausen construction through out.  Every little detail is custom, even the rail sights feature a ranch hand on horseback!  As far as pricing goes you had better be a successful ranch owner because MSRP is over $10,000 for this dogie.









When we think of the ultimate theme pool table on the market today we can't help imagining a custom nautical themed room in a beach front mansion.  The table that lives in that posh space is nothing other than the Brunswick Isabella.  There are too many high end touches on this table to mention in one paragraph, but highlights include Lapis Lazuli stone inlay, silver castings, exotic hardwoods, and a "free" matching cue rack.  The Isabella Pool Table reminds us of a 50 million dollar super yacht in a sea of tug boats.  With an MSRP of Forty Grand you might need to sell that yacht to afford this limited edition status symbol.

Game Room Ideas for Kids 0




Most of the people we talk to in Maryland, Virginia, or DC about putting together a game room have children that will also use the space.  We love the traditional "man cave", but most families have a mixture of adult and children's activities in their basement or bonus room.  Today we are going to break down the most popular and user friendly game room games by age group.  This is a good way to future proof game room purchases and get more years of fun out of your investments.

Under Five Years of Age:  If you have young children at home the game room is often either a place to go to escape for more adult activities while the kids are asleep or a giant toy filled rumpus room.  It is difficult to keep small kids occupied for long but there are a couple of exceptions.  If you don't have one already get a small to mid size flat screen TV on the wall and buy a game system like the Nintendo Wii.  Not only can you and your not so grown up friends have fun playing Video Games, it is a great way to keep the kids occupied if you want to have a poker night or squeeze in a few games of billiards.  At this age most kids will not be able to grasp the "point" of traditional table games, but they still like to be part of the action.

Five to Eight Years:  This is the golden time where you get to influence your children's interests for possible the rest of their lives.  Most kids have developed sufficient motor skills to start participating in games like Table Shuffleboard, Billiards, Air Hockey, or even Darts!  The key at this age is to start them slow, usually on a stool or with help from mom or dad to hold the Puck or Pool Cue.  Shuffleboard Tables are easier for most kids to get the hang of because all they have to do at first is whip the pucks from one end to the other.  A set of Bowling Pins will help this quickly become a favorite activity!  Don't get discouraged if the kids still want to veg out in front of the Video Game System.  If you take the time to show them how to play traditional games correctly and take breaks when they get frustrated you might be surprised how quickly they get hooked.


                                                                                                Every kid loves cracking a puck into these Bowling pins by Legacy Billiards

Nine to Twelve Years of Age (Tweeners):  At a time where we begin to loose our kids undivided attention to the glut of media and outside peer influence there is still a place to go for real family time:  the Game Room!  If you spent time when they were younger including them in games and teaching the basics this can be the most fun you ever have in your recreation space.  Think about it, now they are old enough to play ping pong, shoot a game of pool, even throw darts and even win once in a while.  In a couple of years they will be teenagers and much less interested in hanging out with Mom and Dad on a Saturday night.  This is the period where many parents invest in a real lifetime game room activity like a nice slate pool table or hardwood shuffleboard table if they have not already.  Once kids are hooked on these games the tables will see a ton of use over the next ten years.


Teenage Years:  This can be a tough time to get kids to hang out at home, especially with you!  Parents who always had a game room at the house often find that their teenagers end up spending time with Friends at home, especially if the years have added plenty of fun activities.  You might be left out sometimes, but as one father told me recently, "It is worth every penny knowing exactly where they are, even if I can't use my own Pool Table"!  This is the time to add more skilled games to your space, especially Foosball, Darts, Poker, and Arcade Machines.  The key to keeping the game room fresh over the years is adding more challenging and competitive games.  Remember to invite yourself in once in a while to show those kids that Dad and Mom can still kick some butt in their old age.



                                                                                                    The Worthington Foosball is a great tournament table with a higend

College Age Kids:  This is possibly the easiest time you will have enjoying your game room with the entire family.  College kids home for the holidays or summer are drawn to the parents game room like flies to dung.  Paying a dollar a game to shoot pool at college is a great way to get them to appreciate how good they had it at home all of those years.  Now that they really think they are good at these games you will have some pretty heated competition as well.  This is the result of centering your family activities at home around traditional games and not just video games and movies.  Trust me, you will never keep up with new video games like a college kid will, but the rules of Foosball didn't change over the winter.  In fact, you might want to get some new cloth on your pool table or pick up a new pool cue before they get home, no way are you going to lose on your own table after all these years!


Best Celebrity Game Room Ideas 1

 Over the years, “man cave” is what most people called a spare room in their home. Nowadays, man caves are hugely popular  and are accessorized with comfy couches, giant TVs, sports memorabilia, dart boards, and maybe even a bar. With gas possibly hitting $5 a gallon this summer and the cost of living going through the roof, having a man cave provides the go-to spot for the big game, or simply as a place to relax with all the amenities of a sports pub, without the sports-pub crowd.  Here are some of the best Celebrity man caves to help inspire your dream game room.



When it comes to man caves, Blue Collar Comedy star Dan Whitney, aka “Larry the Cable Guy,” is the master. In building his custom, 3-building compound, he made sure there was a space dedicated to all the stereotypical enjoyments a guy could possibly want in one place. His manly oasis (pictured above) includes a poker table, pool table, bar, flat-screen TV, video machine, bar signs, and turf-like carpet as the finishing touch.

Channeling the atmosphere of a classic sports bar, this man cave has tall bar tables and chairs, a pool table, dark hardwood floors, and — in a nod to the massive scoreboards found in many sports arenas — there is a drop-down bank of four TVs mounted from the ceiling, which offers a 360-degree view of the game (pictured above).  Home to a current NBA superstar and featured on MTV’s Cribs, this home has 7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 2 theater rooms, arcade/dance club, bowling alley, pool, fitness room, library, elevator, 6-car garage, and a 55-ft tall atrium.


Noted as “one of the most significant hunting and equestrian estates,” While not currently owned by a Celebrity, Tudor Farms consists of 6,250 acres and an 11-bedroom, 10.5-bathroom lodge-style home.  This game room could require even the ultimate huntsman to take a break from the outdoors and, luckily, Tudor Farms’ residents don’t have to go far. Among the 14,000 sq ft of living space is a cabin-like man cave with log columns, corner-mounted TV, pool table and bar (pictured above).



Hollywood superstar Nicholas Cage is another of the glitterati who likes to close the doors and lock himself away in his games room. His illustrious house out in Beverley Hills boasts an expensive pool table, and it sort of carries on a tradition because Cage’s house used to be owned by crooner Dean Martin who also had a good eye for the game. Pool, it bridges generations and class alike.



The Orson Welles Luxury View Estate was originally owned by one of Hollywood's golden boys, Orson Welles. Sitting just atop Sunset Blvd, this 3,000 sq ft. luxury 4 bedroom estate features a luxury pool with jacuzzi and a dry sauna, overlooking the stunning views of Hollywood and beyond below. This estate, originally built in 1928, and recently remodeled in several different sections, sits on top of its own roughly 15,000 square foot private knoll.



“We never in our lives would have intended to own a (vacation) house this big, but it was such a deal,” Clark Howard said on recent Sunday in the north Georgia home.  The nationally syndicated radio host known for helping consumers “save more, spend less and avoid rip-offs” has had extensive work done on the house, which is 65 miles from the Howards' Atlanta home.  The fully finished basement features a pool table, keeping with the comfortable and kid-friendly setting that the Howard home provides.


NBA superstar Amar’e Stoudamire's custom home in Florida is the ultimate "man cave".  The home has the kind of smart taste fit for a fashionable 28-year old: Expansive foyer entry, private office, a movie theater, game room with wet bar, plus an additional wet bar. Best of all, in addition to the sumptuous indoor kitchen, there’s a second kitchen to make poolside munching happen in a snap.  There are marble floors throughout, custom coffered ceilings and built-ins, and a huge vacation retreat-style outdoor pool with connecting hot tub that’s surrounded by palm trees, a huge pool deck, and covered outdoor eating space.