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Holden Chinaski wrote:Very popular game in Belgium. But only popular with the older generation, not the youngsters. It's a very difficult game.
primitivesludge wrote:Holden Chinaski wrote:Very popular game in Belgium. But only popular with the older generation, not the youngsters. It's a very difficult game.
I'm actually going to Belgium in May, COVID-willing, do you know anywhere to play? Every time I google 'billiards Belgium' or 'billards Brussels' I end up with snooker/pool halls (which don't seem to have carom tables).
Holden Chinaski wrote:In Belgium we call this game 'driebanden' in Dutch or 'carambole' in French. Maybe this will help you to search in Google.
primitivesludge wrote:I played for 90 mins in Leuven at the KBC Zanzibar club.
They put me on the training table - 8x4 - which was wise, as the sport is bloody hard.
I made a good break with some fella watching and he complimented me. My game started to go to rubbish and he gave me a good couple of pointers and I ran a break of two.
He then wandered back to the bar and without my guru I was lost.
The physics of the game are interesting as the balls are heavier and the heated table allows for quite extensive roll.
I made another break of two and found I could make the set shot of object ball in corner reasonably well.
Anything else, particularly anything requiring heavy spin, was too hard. Those pros are artists, I a barbarian.
Brilliant fun and the highlight of a nice trip.
mantorok wrote:Primitivesludge, slightly OT but I play a fair bit of VP4 too, do you play online?
primitivesludge wrote:oh I made a little video. I was playing alone hard to film. This was pretty representative of my experience (except I slightly snatched the stroke in order to grab the camera):
https://twitter.com/ButterMagnate/statu ... 2209977344
primitivesludge wrote:Decided to go back to Belgium/NL for a quick 3 dayer in June. A day of billiards and sightseeing, train over to Den Bosch for the European 3-cushion champs, and then if I'm feeling flush and I can find someone, might try and get a lesson? I think I've gone mad here and I'm LOVING IT.
primitivesludge wrote:hey Dan-Cat, your local gaff in Gandia is hosting the European Artistic Billiards Champs if you want to see guys competing in billiards trick shots. Probably not, but at least you can scope the place out.