We stumbled across this little “What’s the best bar game?” poll on phishhook.com yesterday. Let’s look at the results…
The five options for answer were ‘Pool’, ‘Darts’, ‘Foosball’, ‘Shuffleboard’ and ‘Bubble Hockey’.
We know what we would have voted for, but what about you?
Bubble Hockey is probably the least known of the five games, especially in Australia, and this is probably why it ranked last with 5% of votes. Just like Foosball (table soccer), the object of the game is to score more goals than your opponent, using turnable levers to control your team. Good fun, but not epic.
** We rate it 2 stars (mainly because ice hockey is nothing here in Oz).
Since we mentioned Foosball above, we’ll look at that next. It got 13% of the votes. Definitely good fun and doesn’t take up much room, but if you’re a novice at the game it’s near impossible to enjoy playing someone with skills. The gap between being good and great is extreme, which can take some fun out of it.
*** We rate it 3 stars.
It was interesting to see Pool and Shuffleboard finish equal second with a 21% split of votes. The two sports have been both best friends and the greatest of enemies in the USA for over 100 years. Shuffleboard was the more popular throughout the first part of the 1900s, but pool has held a global domination since shortening of tables and the explosion of pool halls in the 1960s.
Anyone can play pool. Anyone can play shuffleboard. Both are perfect bar games. When added together (21% + 21%) shuffleboard and pool wins this poll with 42% of the votes. It doesn’t work like that though, so equal second it is.
***** We rate pool and shuffleboard 5 stars.
Winning this phishhook.com poll with 37% of the votes was Darts. A great game with a great history that traces back to Robin Hood times. Anyone can play (as long as you can throw) and dart boards are a cheap purchase. Negatives? A dart in the neck is the main one…
**** We rate it 4 stars.
Like quotes? User Jbslist left this comment along with his vote on the phishhook.com poll:
“A well maintained shuffleboard table owns all others. Especially if you get decent at it. Made to be gambled on, addictive.”
Head to the Southern Cross Shuffleboards Facebook page and have your say in our very own “What’s your favourite table game? poll!