The origins of BAPTO
In 1975 the British Association of Pool Table Operators (BAPTO) was first thought up by a small group of pool table operators. Its aim was to organise the various different sets of rules for the game of pool into one standardised set of rules (the original of which was known as the Old EPA rules). BAPTO rapidly grew in size and in 1977 organised the first Major National Tournament.
Over the years, these rules have been tweaked, which, in my opion has taken away some of the skill element. Whilst in pubs doing pool table recovering many is the time when a discussion crops up over these rule changes. Think about it! In the seventies and eighties, breweries such as Bass Charrington, Allied Breweries, etc. Definitely had an interested in making the game of pool quicker. Let’s say a brewery owns 40,000 pubs nationwide and has fifty per cent of all proceeds taken out of the pool table hire money, wouldn’t you like to take (on average) 1-2 minutes off every game played. So away with the D, ball can now be placed anywhere behind the line, and so it goes on!
Recently while out recovering a lovely solid oak pool dining table the gentleman whose pool table it was specifically asked for a D because, as he put it ‘’it takes away part of the fun when not having one’’, I tend to agree.
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