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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

    Irwin Billiard Parlor 28th & Chestnut Louisville, Kentucky KY 2½¢ Trade Token

    $10.00
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    Robert A. Crooks Pastime Billiard Parlors The Dalles, Oregon OR 5¢ Trade Token

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    (Danville, IL) Maverick BBC Billiard Token - Ryan & Henry (Saloon 1909-1917)

    $59.99 (0 Bids)
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    Verdigre, NE Trade Token - Palace Billiard Hall

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    ca 1900s SANTA MARIA CALIFORNIA (SANTA BARBARA CO) LG BILLIARD HALL POOL TOKEN

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    Prendergast Billiards Token ,(Lowell, AR, Arkansas).Good For 5¢ In Trade

    $15.95 (1 Bid)
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    The Billiard Club Token From Englewood, New Jersey -- NJ

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    STAR POOL & BILLIARD HALL – Buhl, Idaho (Twin Falls County)

    $3.25 (2 Bids)
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    POOL & BILLIARD TOKEN BOOK ALL OF THE UNITED STATES, NEW NOT OPENED

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    1916 SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA Good For 2½¢ In CIGARS & TOBACCO, Billiard TOKEN

    $10.50 (2 Bids)
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    Pool Hall Tokens For Sale

    Circle Pool Hall 50 Cents Token Delta, CO AU K3168

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    Elizabeth Colorado Brunswick Pool Hall good for .5 in trade

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    IDAHO TOKEN -1920 POOL HALL, J. PARKS, PRINCETON, ID (LOT D619)

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    GARTON'S POOL HALL (CHELAN WASH.) / GF 5¢ IT / BR 21m (POOL) .I

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    Vintage Mills Vending S Baumgartner Tokens Billiard pool Hall Lacrosse WI lot

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    1920 PRINCETON IDAHO ID TINY LATAH CO. JAMES PARKS POOL HALL 25C BILLIARD TOKEN

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    Token Carey Pool Hall Carey Idaho Square

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    Token Jay W Bleuins Pool Hall Eden Idaho Brass Round Scalloped

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    1900s KLAMATH FALLS OREGON OR. (NEAR CA) POOL HALL BILLIARDS WALDORF BRASS TOKEN

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    Pool Hall Token, Boogie's Pool Hall Hawarden, Iowa Five Cent Token, Uncirculated

    $9.00
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    Brunswick Tokens For Sale

    Vintage L.G. 5c Billiards Trade Token Brunswick Balke Check Collender 24mm

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    Amboy Minnesota - Schultz and Minse Place Vintage Brunswick 5 Cents Trade Token

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    GOOD FOR 5 CENTS TOKEN - BRUNSWICK BALKE COLLENDER CO. - JOHN MOSER

    $24.95 (0 Bids)
    End Date: Thursday Aug-23-2018 18:41:31 PDT
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    Kansas, Irving - J. C. Whitney 5c Brunswick 2f reverse Token RR

    $159.95
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    (Washburn, IL) Maverick Brunswick Balke Token - Ben. Aicher (Saloon 1880)

    $9.99 (0 Bids)
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    STURGIS D.T. DAKOTA TERRITORY FRANKLIN BAER BLATT BRUNSWICK BALKE TOKEN ~ S.D.

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    Elizabeth Colorado Brunswick Pool Hall good for .5 in trade

    $7.99 (0 Bids)
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    Group of three tokens issued by African American barbers in Brunswick, Georgia

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    Calumet Michigan token - Schroeder's - Brunswick Balke Collender Compy, 5c trade

    $11.50 (3 Bids)
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    August Welt / The J.M. Brunswick & Balke Co. GF .05 In Trade Token 25mm Brass

    $69.95
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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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