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    Billiard and Pool Hall tokens were used in much the same way as Saloon tokens. Players would "rent" the table for a time, receiving tokens in exchange for the amount paid. Losers would pay the winner with a token, which supposedly was good only for merchandise in a disguised attempt to circumvent gaming laws, but would often be redeemed for cash by the bartender.

    In some of the larger Billiard and Pool Halls an operator would "rack" the cue balls and he would then be paid a token for the game. This guaranteed the owner payment as the tokens were merely turned in at the end of the day. I some cases a token or coin box was installed on the tables to drop the cue balls at the start of a new game.

    Billiard and Pool Hall tokens were used in much the same way as Saloon tokens. Players would "rent" the table for a time, receiving tokens in exchange for the amount paid. Losers would pay the winner with a token, which supposedly was good only for merchandise in a disguised attempt to circumvent gaming laws, but would often be redeemed for cash by the bartender. In some of the larger Billiard and Pool Halls an operator would "rack" the cue balls and he would then be paid a token for the game. This guaranteed the owner payment as the tokens were merely turned in at the end of the day. I some cases a token or coin box was installed on the tables to drop the cue balls at the start of a new game.

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    Billiard Tokens For Sale

    RED 5ΒΆ Illegal Poker Chip from THE OXFORD BILLIARD BAR HAVRE MONTANA

    $7.50 (4 Bids)
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    McGILL NEVADA ~ LIBERTY BILLIARD HALL ~ TRADE TOKEN ~ GOOD FOR 12 1/2

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    THE BRICK BRUNSWICK BALKE BBC8 // GF 5ΒΆ IT / AL 25m (POOL BILLIARD) MM.M

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    BILLIARD HALL TRADE TOKEN BRUNSWICK BALKE COLLENDER CO.

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    McMINNVILLE OREGON GOOD FOR BILLIARDS TOKEN

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    MINGO JUNCTION OHIO COLUMBIA BILLIARD ROOM

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    J.C. DIECKMANN BILLIARD POOL HALL WEST CLIFF COLORADO GOOD FOR 5ΒΆ TRADE TOKEN CO

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    Basement Billiard Parlor, Ponoma, California 5 cent trade token

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    old GREYBULL WY WYOMING (BIG HORN CO) "IDEAL BILLIARD HALL" POOL HALL 10C TOKEN

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    STOCKTON ILLINOIS .02 1/2 BROWN BROTHERS GOOD FOR TOKEN BILLIARDS

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    Pool Hall Tokens For Sale

    Neche, North Dakota Bill's Pool Hall 25 Cents Trade Token

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    Leeper Billiard Hall Gooding Idaho pool hall token - ID

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    CADILAC / POOL HALL / AND / CONF / BAKER CITY, ORE. / GF 5ΒΆ IT / BR 21m / I.

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    Token:Brunswick Pool Hall GF 5 Cent C.M.Hollenback

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    McVille, North Dakota Talbot Pool Hall 10 Cents Trade Token

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    Halls Billard Parlor 5 cent pool hall token - ala.

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    ANCHORAGE, ALASKA TOKEN: UNION CLUB & POOL HALL, 12 1/2ΒΆ

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    Lewiston, Mont. - City Pool Hall - R. J. Brooks // GF 25C IT

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    18. US TRADE TOKEN: LIBERTY POOL HALL SO. ABERDEEN, WASHINGTON / 5 CT IN TRADE

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    Coon Rapids, Iowa, South Side Pool Hall, GF%cIT Red Fibre 22mm

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    Brunswick Tokens For Sale

    WEST VIRGINIA 25ΒΆ TOKEN, BRUNSWICK POOL ROOM, SUTTON, W. VA.

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    THE BRUNSWICK ( TAVERN RESTAURANT CIGAR ) TOPENNISH WA WASHINGTON TOKEN 5c TRADE

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    BRUNSWICK BALKE COLLENDER TOKEN - Good for 5ΒΆ in Trade - C L EINKOFF RARE

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    THE BRICK BRUNSWICK BALKE BBC8 // GF 5ΒΆ IT / AL 25m (POOL BILLIARD) MM.M

    $45.00 (0 Bids)
    End Date: Saturday May-6-2017 10:12:29 PDT
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    Token:Brunswick Pool Hall GF 5 Cent C.M.Hollenback

    $176.70
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    R. & F. BRUNSWICK BALKE BBC7 // GF 5ΒΆ IT / AL 25m (POOL BILLIARD) C.OHA

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    WASHINGTON, KS. TRADE TOKEN BRUNSWICK RECREATION GF 10 ΒΆ. #E13 ZF1189

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    1890s BRUNSWICK BALKE COLLENDER CO 10 cents Good For Token (17041138R)

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    Old Trade Token Brunswick Recreation A Materi Washington Kansas 10c

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    old BILLINGS MT MONTANA (YELLOWSTONE CO) BRUNSWICK BAR SIMEK 5c SCALLOPED TOKEN

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    Billiard and Pool Hall History

    Billiards evolved from a lawn game similar to croquet played in Europe during the 15th century. The term "Billiard" came from the French. The game was originally played with two balls on a six pocket table. The balls were shoved rather than struck with wooden sticks called "maces." A maces had a large head on one end and a handle on the other. The handle was called a "queue" or tail from which we get the word "cue". The cue or handle was used when a ball was near the table rail. Long cue sticks were being used by the 1800's. The rails only function was to keep the balls from falling off the table. But players discovered that balls could bounce off the rails and began deliberately aiming at them coining a new term call a "bank shot." The term "English" used in the United States only came about when visitors from England showed Americans how to use spin on a ball. Balls were generally made of ivory but by 1868 made of celluloid. By the late 1800's billiard tables with slate beds were being made.

    From the 15th century to later part of the 1800's Billiards took on many new versions including a four ball game with and without pockets called "Carom Billiards" played in North America. Finally, the game which became known as 15 ball pool and later known as "American Pocket Billiards" became the most popular American game of the 20th century

    The word "pool" means a collective bet or ante. The term "poolroom" now means a place to where pool is played but in the 19th century a poolroom was a betting parlor for horse racing. Pool tables were installed so patrons could pass the time between races. Thus the term poolroom came from the betting that took place there and not from billiards.

    Reliable Pool Room - New Orleans, LA Pool Check Jennings Billiard Room - Jennings, LA Pool Chip

    Eight ball was invented shortly after 1900, straight pool followed in 1910 and nine ball seems to have been developed around 1920. While the term billiards refers to all games played on billiard tables, with or without pockets, some players take billiards to mean carom games only and use pool for pocket games.

    Brunswick has been the name in billiards since 1845. It was that year that John M. Brunswick produced the first billiard table made in the United States. By 1858 the company was known as J.M. Brunswick & Bros. In 1874 Brunswick merged with Julius Balke and formed J.M. Brunswick & Balke Company. Ten years later Brunswick and Balke united with H.W. Collender. By 1960 this company was known as The Brunswick Corp. Over the years many billiard tokens were issued by these companies.

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