Club pool table hire – 5 things to think about

Club pool table hire can add an extra form of entertainment to your bar area, or even use a side room to create a dedicated pool room for use by patrons.

There are a few factors to keep in mind though – here are five of the first things to think about when arranging club pool table hire for your premises.


1. Playing area size

Playing area size is important – you should have at least four feet clearance on all sides of your pool table, plus the size of the table itself.

Depending on if you choose a 6-foot pool table or a 7-foot one, this can affect both the length and the width of the playing area size, so if you’re not sure, feel free to ask us before you make your final decision.


2. Brand name

We supply Supreme pool tables with a choice of Winner and Prince models. Supreme Prince pool tables are very slightly bigger, so again this affects playing area, although only by a few centimetres extra.

Supreme Winner pool tables are slightly lighter – by up to 25kg for a 7-foot model – but we can help with the delivery and installation in either case.


3. Coin-op type

We offer freeplay pool table rental but if you want your club pool table hire to bring in direct revenue rather than ‘just’ the indirect income of keeping guests in your bar for longer, we have mechanical and electronic coin-op pool tables.

Electronic pool tables can be configured to offer a freeplay ‘happy hour’ to bring in more patrons at certain times of day, many of whom will go on to deposit money once the freeplay time is over.


4. Look and feel

Choose a club pool table that suits your premises – whether that’s traditional wood with green baize, or something more contemporary.

We can supply hired club pool tables with finishes like aluminium and black pearl, plus wool cloths in a rainbow of different colours – again just ask if you have something specific in mind.


5. Championship pool tables

If you’re interested in joining a local club pool league, contact the league organisers first and find out if they require a specific size of pool table.

You might find some leagues specify a 7-foot pool table, so make sure you find the space for this if you want to be able to hold league matches at your club and bring in more patrons and punters from the surrounding area.

What’s new in fruit machine maintenance?

Regular fruit machine maintenance helps to avoid costly downtime when you are unable to take customers’ stakes, but in recent years there have been several changes that might mean it’s time to update your fruit machine maintenance schedule.

With the introduction of polymer banknotes, some pub fruit machines needed bringing up to date, they were either given new note validators or had their existing validators updated.

The same is true of coin slots with the introduction of the new bi-metal £1 coin in place of the old round coin. We are now coming to the first round of inspection and maintenance for these new additions.

Even if your fruit machines are working well, it’s important to schedule regular fruit machine maintenance to check the inner components are still in good order.


Challenges of polymer banknotes for fruit machines

Some of the first releases of validators and software were found to struggle with the new polymer notes, causing increased incidences of note jams. These have largely been remedied now with subsequent firmware updates.

However, generally speaking, the transition to polymer banknotes has been a successful one, especially for venues who had the necessary fruit machine maintenance carried out in plenty of time.

With polymer £20 notes coming next year, it’s a good time to have all of your note feeders inspected and any required maintenance work done so that when the new note launches it’s easy to update machines for them to start accepting them.


It’s not just about the money

Of course, being able to accept all forms of legal tender is important to maximise your profits, but fruit machine maintenance is not solely about the coin slot and note validators.

With many more modern fruit machines in circulation since the currency change your maintenance service needs to be up to scratch too.

Our expertise means we are able to offer fruit machine maintenance services for modern machines and recently launched titles – and of course, if you get your pub fruit machines directly from Manco Automatics on a profit-share arrangement, we will be familiar with their inner workings.

From a quick polish of the front panels to replacing dead bulbs and performing software updates, we provide all of the necessary fruit machine maintenance you need on an ongoing basis and would urge all customers to have their machines overhauled in 2019, before the extra work of the £20 polymer launch adds to demand in 2020.