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 Question by Homer Submitted on 3/15/2004 Related FAQ: Pool & Billiards Frequently Asked Questions Rating: Rate this question: N/A Worst Weak OK Good Great How does the pool table know whether to take the cue ball to the end of the table or with the others?

 Answer by deadeye Submitted on 3/26/2004 Rating: Rate this answer: N/A Worst Weak OK Good Great im pretty sure you referring to a coin -op table, the table knows by the size of the cue ball, or, if the cue ball is the same size as the other balls, there is a magnet inside the cue ball and the table.

 Answer by JOHN Submitted on 6/9/2004 Rating: Rate this answer: N/A Worst Weak OK Good Great THE TABLE INSIDE IS DEVIDED IN TWO SECTIONS WITH 2 RUN ALONGS.IN THE SPACE WHERE THE BALLS GO IN AFTER BEING POTTED IS A HOLE ONLY BIG ENOUGH FOR THE CUE BALL TO GO IN.IT GOES THROUGH THAT HOLE TO THE OTHER END OF THE TABLE

 Answer by John Barton Submitted on 7/9/2007 Rating: Not yet rated Rate this answer: N/A Worst Weak OK Good Great In older coin operated tables the cueball was larger than the object balls for the purpose of separating it from the rest of the balls.  Several methods were used to defer the larger cueball from the track of the smaller balls.   With coin operated tables where the cueball is the same size as the other balls, the preferred method of separation is to have the cueball made with metal inside of it so that a magnet can pull it into the right track. The problem with the metal infused cueballs is that they tend to be heavier and unbalanced. So Diamond Billiards introduced an optical sensor which can identify the cueball and return it on a separate track.  This allows the use of standard competition grade cueballs in coin operated tables.

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