The Best Coin Operated Pool Tables
Coins and Bill Acceptance
- While virtually all coin operated pool tables are configured by default to accept coins, many can also be set up to accept paper bills as well. Operating a bill acceptor requires using a power source, which means that the pool table will have to be located near an outlet unless the bill acceptor is able to use batteries, which is a feature some higher end models have.
- Coin operated pool tables keep pool balls locked until a customer pays to play, then releases the balls. New high end coin operated pool tables give operators the option to charge per game or per hour and can even allow free play for happy hour promotions.
- Many manufacturers of coin operated pool tables sell tables in 7, 8 and 9-foot long models. Having several sizes available allows owners to maximize their available space dedicated to pool tables and their potential revenue.
Magnetic Cue Balls
- Older coin operated pool tables used a cue ball that was a different size than the rest of the balls, so that if a player scratched, the cue ball would not get locked and would be returned to the player. Newer, better tables use a magnetic cue ball instead, which also allows the cue ball to stay safely locked when the table is not being used, helping to eliminate theft.