Also bar box , pub table , tavern table , coin-operated table , coin-op table .

A distinctive type of pool table found in bars/pubs/taverns, and often in various other venues such as family entertainment centers and arcade rooms at bowling alleys. They are almost always coin-operated and smaller than the full -size tables found in pool halls. Typical bar boxes are 3.5 ft (1.1 m) × 7 ft (2.1 m), though 4×8 and even 3×6 examples can sometimes be found. Most North American brands of bar tables have pocket proportions confusingly opposite those of regular tables—the side pockets are remarkably tight , while the corners are more generous than those of pool hall tables. Because they are coin-operated and capture pocketed balls, they employ one of several mechanisms to return a scratched cue ball . The oversized, and extra-dense cue ball methods are deprecated, because these cue balls do not play correctly (especially with regard to cut and stop/draw shots, respectively; cf. smash-through ). Modern bar tables make use of a magnet and a regulation or near-regulation size and weight cue ball with an iron core, to separate the cue ball from the others and return it to the players. Pool hall players complain also that the cloth used on bar tables is often greatly inferior (in particular that it is "slow" and that english does not "take" enough), and often find that the cushions are not as responsive as they are used to.