Knokkers Gets You “Bowling” On A Giant Pool Table

I've been playing pool since I was a gangly teen with a severe case of acne.  For some reason, though, I never progressed past being another "drunk dude pissing money down the hall."  Maybe, just maybe, I can finally channel my inner Earl the Pearl with this: the Knokkers.

The brainchild of Steve Wienecke, the new game is just like regular pool.  You can play Straight, 8-Ball, 9-Ball or whatever other variation of making balls drop into any of six holes you can come up with.  Except you might actually have a chance of beating "Bata" Reyes in it.

Knokkers is played in a felt-covered "table" measuring a massive 15 x 30 feet.  Yes, you can totally be clumsy and fall over, so they only raised the playing surface a feet and a half off the ground -- it's safe.   You use what appears to be duckpin-sized balls; rather than poking at the cue ball with a stick, though, you release it using bowling strokes, sliding it over the next numbered ball as you sweep the table for a victorious set.

Unlike bowling, you don't get any striding room.  Instead, you're supposed to plant your feet where the cue ball stalls and throw it back without leaving the floor.  We're not sure how fun it actually is, but given that it's got balls, holes and a giant pool table, we're inclined to give it the benefit of the doubt.

According to the website, Knokkers will launch in several Southern California bars around the middle of 2010.  Likely, the debut depends upon a portable version currently under development that will allow them to set up a playing area without having to install any permanent fixtures.

[Knokkers via OhGizmo]

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4 Responses

  1. Arthur

    Snooker has been a pleasure for me from my childhood as well, as is the case with thousands of teenagers. And the Knokkers brings in the flavors of bowling to the game of snooker. Quite remarkable, I would have to admit. There has surly got to be something entirely different with this large scale snooker table as compared to the conventional manner of playing. And if I come across a bar with the provision of the Knokkers, I would undoubtedly love to get a shot at bowling the fancy colored balls into holes. By the bye, are there some special requirements for the boots one wears onto this snooker playground? I mean what if there are scratches and scrapings in the playfield after some days of usage?

  2. Larry

    For a fresh change from regular snooker play, surely there is an interesting prospect in the Knokkers. As to whether it can serve as a replacement for the snooker fan is a question that could well have to be answered in the negative. My addiction to snooker is because of the fact that one gets the chance to have a healthy chat alongside the interesting play, and I feel that it would not be the same with this large ground styled snooker table. Exhibition plays could be entertaining. Bars and amusement centers would do well to look at this new concept as a profit making investment.

  3. Serendipity

    A 15 x 30 feet snooker table! That is downright impressive. And banging football sized balls against each other on this massive snooker mat would be great fun. The alterations in the rules might take some time getting used to, but the fact remains that this is a product for entertainment parks. This means that one should enjoy the fresh concept rather than crib about what he/she misses out as compared to the normal way of playing snooker in a bar.

  4. Piper

    I haven’t heard of this amazing snooker field, until now that is. Would definitely check out some South California bar websites to find out one where I could play my favorite game in an entirely new avatar. Has anybody here been fortunate enough to get a first hand experience of the Knokkers. What’s next? My guess is a miniature bowling table. This is my logical inference from the idea of a super large snooker table styled for a bowling play.


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