So what exactly is shuffleboard and how do you play it?

More than a game synonymous with older adult communities in here in Florida, shuffleboard is a fun game with a long history in many variations.

The many forms of shuffleboard refer to a game in which players push weighted discs down a narrow court to get them into various scoring areas.

While the exact origin of shuffleboard is unknown it has a long history. It is said that King Henry VIII of England often played and gambled on shuffleboard and even banned “commoners” from playing the game.

Today people still play shuffleboard on the ground level courts, and also play on wonderful shuffleboard tables, a slight variation on the traditional game.

Facts about table shuffleboard

  • A tournament-size shuffleboard table is 22 feet long and 20 inches in width but they can very by length.
  • Why is there sand on a shuffleboard table? Shuffleboard tables must be periodically sprinkled liberally with tiny, salt-like beads of silicone to decrease friction. While it’s definitely not a wax, it is sometimes referred to as shuffleboard wax, or even shuffleboard cheese because it looks similar to grated cheese.
  • Shuffleboard is a four-player game, with two teams of two players. One player from each team is placed at the opposite end of the board. A coin toss is often used to determine who is shoot first and the color of the weights.
  • How do you keep score? Players alternate turns sliding all four of the weights by hand against the ones from their opponent. Players attempt to make it to the highest scoring area at the end of the board without falling off the end of the playing area into the alley. The game continues until one team has scored 15 or 21 points (this varies) to win the game.

Check out the wide selection of shuffleboard tables, from regulation size to a size that will fit your space at The Billiard Collection.

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