Two more Rental Pool Tables installed in local sports bar

brand new winner supremes

We have been busy expanding our rental side of the business today by installing two brand new Winner Supreme pool tables in a local sports bar.  We were contacted two weeks ago for a quote to supply two tables on contract for match play for the two league pool teams playing out of the establishment.  They already had two Supreme Prince tables on rental from another firm, but these were now looking a bit sorry for themselves with trim falling off and scruffy dirty insides.

The owner of the sports bar has also got another pub with two Supreme Prince tables in but these are in better condition and he owns these tables himself.  I have been maintaining those with good service calls and recovering work.  Once I informed him of our policy to do 2 recovers a year for winter and summer league on our rental contract, he was impressed.  I also informed him that the Winner Supreme in our opinion is a better table than the Prince, with more sturdy legs that support way towards the centre of the table reducing slate sag.  Players know this too.

He wanted black pearl finished Winner tables with 6811 Strachan cloth fitted as endorsed by the UK pool Tour, World Eightball Federation and the IPA and played at most finals around the UK, including Great Yarmouth and Blackpool.
winner badge

Winner Supreme tables have been upgraded over the years.  They have now got real metal chrome heavy duty corners where before they where chrome plastic.  The cushion trim has now gone back to alloy trim in place of the breakable plastic trim.  The black finish is now a more matt finish where before it was a wood grain shiny effect that reflected the lights into the player’s eyes.  The rubber on Supreme cushions has changed from red rubber to blue rubber now they have the better black rubber for longer lasting bounce.  Over the years Supreme have improved the table by listening to the players.  In our opinion the Winner Supreme is the player’s and operator’s choice.

By having GCL Billiards maintained tables, I always recover on site, making sure that the same cushion and slate goes back onto their original tables.  I never come with spare recovered cushions from another table and change over.  This practice is wrong, because you could end up with old dead cushions and even slate warped if changed over.  Some hire firms have a man in the warehouse just recovering pool table slates and cushions, they even mix up cushions and I have seen a table with red, blue and black rubber all on the same table.  That will never happen to tables we hire.

Your table will play well every time it is recovered.  We use top class Strachan 6811 cloth on our hire table recovering.  You will not play on better.

Before the install there were two Prince traditional look pool tables.  Note that the legs are right in the corner of the cabinet and a long length of unsupported centre section which we find produces slate sag, thats where the slate sags down in the centre of the table.
old prince supremes

After the install of the new Winner model tables, now note the slanting stream line modern sides and the legs are three pointed fixings that support the centre of the table more, reducing the chance of slate sag.
Brand new winner supreme 1

The top dimensions of both the Supreme Winner and the Supreme Prince are identical, only the style of the surrounding framework and cabinet and legs differ, cushions and slate size are identical.
brand new single winner

We have named our rental side of the business Double Eight Pool Tables.  If you require a table on a rental contract with two recovers a year then please get in touch with Geoff at GCL BILLIARDS.

Our rentals start at just £15 per week with two recovers, you have the keys on site and all that the table takes is yours to keep.  We do not do 50/50 splits, we also do a deluxe rental agreement where we call and service the tables on a regular basis, brushing, ironing and remarking.  We are genuine cue sports people who care about what people think of us.  We offer the best deal on pool table rentals, we know of no other pool table rental firms who offer such a good or better service.  We can do this because we are not side tracked by servicing fruit machine and gaming machines.  We do not do these we are 100% Cue sports maintenance and time served billiard fitters.  You really will not get anyone better to look after your pool table, either rented or privately owned.

We supply the pool team with a new set of Aramith top quality pool balls every year free of charge and also give a set of  standard balls away per table with every yearly renewal of a pool table rental contract.

Our aim is to have just 40 local rental sites within a 20 mile radius of Long Eaton.  We do not want to get too large on our rental size because our customers will get a better service from us by limiting ourselves to just 40 sites.
a sign of quality recovering

40 sites is very manageable on top of our recovering work on pool and snooker tables.  We are not greedy and will not take on what we cannot maintain just to make an extra buck.  We have a duty to offer good service not only to our pool table hire customers but also to the Snooker and Pool table recover and maintanence customers too.  By finding the right balance we know we can achieve this.
winner at the gladstone
Another of our Rental tables this one located near the centre of Nottingham.  This one in light oak finish.
The range of finish from Supreme for Winners.
digital level 0.1 £20

As with all our maintenance programmes it is important that the tables play level.  We use both types of high class levels to check our tables, an engineer’s level which I also use for full size snooker tables (and most billiard fitters have got these), then for fine checking of thinner pool slates, I use the digital level and I can get the table to within the thickness of a £20 note which shows up as 0.1 on the digital level as in the photo.  But I strive to try and get it 0.0.  Take that £20 note away and the level will show o.o.  Has your pool table hire firm gone to these lengths to please the customer? If not then contact Geoff at GCL BILLIARDS.

Geoff realy cares about his clients and goes beyond the average pool table gaming machine engineer to get the table playing good and that’s because he is a time served Billiards fitter.
Digital level 0.0

Double Eight Pool Tables, for Recovering, Sales and Rental in NOTTINGHAM LINCOLN DERBY & LEICESTER

As promised the new section for the Pool Table side of the business, this business is all down to my wife Carol and it is her venture and is run completely separate of GCL BILLIARDS.

I will be providing the recovering, installation and maintenance servicing side of the business so you can be assured that the maintenance of the Pool tables will be done by a fully qualified time served billiards fitter.  There are not a lot of Pool table rental and sales firms who have that experience on board.

Most rental firms are also involved with gaming machines.  Here at Double Eight Pool we DO NOT hire gaming machines, kiddy rides, crane grab or small portable sweet machines.  We are 100% cue sports people offering you the best service for sales and rental of Pool tables second to none.

100% skilled in what we do?
For some firms, cuesports tables are part of their business.  At GCL BIILIARDS & DOUBLE EIGHT POOL it is the only part of our business.

Rental service contracts are available with a recover every 6 months not just yearly.  This is because as professional cue sports people we understand that pool teams play in winter and summer leagues and the table needs to be looking it’s best for the pool teams all year round.  We also service the entire table, cleaning the inside including ball rails and tray, spraying the coin mech with WD40, cleaning the outside cabinet and levelling.

Sam K steel 9ft american pool in foreground , Winner Supreme’s at the rear

I was looking for a name to call the Pool table business and always think of Pool as an american game, something like double deuce as in the nightclub in the film Roadhouse, then the 8 ball entered my thinking so we just called it Double Eight Pool Tables.

This also got me thinking “why do so many betting companies use the number 8 in their domain name?”.  It was explained to me that the Chinese favour the lucky number 8 and it is a highly sought after number in Chinese culture.  I am not saying that the Chinese are a betting mad nation, but there may be some truth in it ?

The new web site for Double Eight Pool is now live at, so if you are looking for a new pool table either on rental or to buy or have a table in need of a recover or new cushions, then get in touch with Geoff or Carol at double 8 pool.  The telephone numbers are the same as GCL Billiards.  We will be dealing in mainly NEW Winner and Prince supreme tables, but we will have a selction of second hand tables of various makes for sale.  Also from time to time we will have some second hand American pool tables for sale.