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Here at Liv Northgate apartments in Gilbert, AZ we are pleased to provide our residents with a range of amenities, both in our individual apartments and in our wider apartment community. One of our popular amenities is our gaming and pool tables in The Hub. Today we are highlighting the history of pool/billiards in our blog post.


A Brief History of Pool

Pool is one variation of what is collectively termed “cue sports” or “billiards,” as in a billiard (pool) table. Billiards games of all varieties are derived from outdoor stick-and-ball games such as trucco, croquet, and golf, dating back to medieval times. It is believed that the term “billiard” may have evolved from the French word billart or billette, which means “stick.” Or it might have come from the French bille, meaning “ball,” and “cue” from the French queue — all French words, which is not surprising, as the French nobility popularized the game in their courts.


No one knows exactly who, when or where the first billiard table was built. The earliest documented record of a billiard table was made in 1470 according to an inventory of the possessions of King Louis XI of France. His table was said to have contained the following: a bed of stone, a cloth covering, and a hole in the middle of the playing field, into which balls could be driven.


From this distant history, billiards has enjoyed a long run and is played around the world, in bars, pool halls or poolrooms, and billiard rooms. The term “poolroom” now means a place where billiards is played, but in the 19th century a poolroom was a betting parlor for horse racing. Billiard tables were installed so patrons could pass the time between races. The game of billiards and the poolroom became connected in the public’s mind. Today, the two terms are used interchangeably.

The Billiard Shop website (where our information came from) provides more in-depth details about the History of Billiards (or Pool) for those who are interested in learning more. Have you taken time to get in a game of pool at Liv Northgate lately? Head on over to The Hub soon to enjoy a game of eight ball!

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