European Blackball Association To Launch Optima Match Pool Table
The European Blackball Association will launch its ultimate competition pool table next month. The ‘Optima Match Table’ has been created with the help of partners Yorkshire textile mill Hainsworth and Manchester’s Optima Pool.
Over the past year, a series of prototype tables have been manufactured and rigorously tested by top players from across the world at a series of national and international events.
Forty of the new Optima Match Tables will be unveiled on September 2nd at the EBA Nations Cup of Pool in The Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.
EBA Chairman Kevin Byrne said: “We’re delighted to be unveiling our ultimate competition pool tables. We’ve had input from some of the top players in the UK and Europe and the new tables provide players with a unique playing experience that allows them to demonstrate their skills to the fullest extent.
“The tables have been designed for competition play and are suitable for all standards of players up to and including International standard.”
There are a number of tables in the EBA range which are available for international tournaments, as well as for coin or home use. Each has been manufactured using the finest materials with a laminated top frame and cabinet and solid timber polished legs complete with chrome trims. With an Italian slate-bed base – the best quality slate in the world - the tables are built to last, all play identically and are also readily transportable.
The tables have been handmade in Manchester by Optima Pool, the leading UK manufacturer of championship quality English pool tables for both trade and home.
Each table is covered with Hainsworth’s Match tournament cloth, a cloth that delivers a professional playing experience. Tightly woven from the finest yarns, the cloth provides spectacular speed and cue ball control with high levels of durability.
Hainsworth Marketing Manager Julie Greenough said: “Our cloth covers the best pool tables in the world. It has been exciting to work on the development of the EBA’s Optima Match Table and we’re looking forward to seeing the tables being played on for the first time at the tournament.
Optima Pool MD Paul Adams said: “We are proud of our new tables which have all been made in our British factory by our skilled craftsmen. The ball response from all the cushions is superb and the pockets are tight and true. We’ve had fantastic reviews from players of all levels during the recent trials.”