We live in a world where mass entertainment rules and we have more time than ever before to indulge in our sporting passions. Maybe it’s no surprise then that snooker (visit Riley-snooker-international.com) has come to loom so large on the global sports stage. Some manufacturers of snooker equipment have been in existence for almost as long as the sport has, and developments in this industry have often reflected changes in the wider game.
The role of technology in the manufacturing processes that are used to make quality tables and cues is a little-known aspect of the sport, and can be seen, for example, in the highly-sophisticated laser-cutting equipment that’s used to shear off pieces of slate with the utmost accuracy, ensuring a perfectly level playfield. Equipment manufacturer Riley also makes a selection of billiard table models, American pool tables and tables for a less well-known variant of billiards known as ‘Russian Pyramid’. Many top snooker players swear by Riley products, including former world champions like Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and Shaun Murphy. It’s hardly surprising that the world’s top players have a soft spot for Riley tables – all World Championship matches between 1992 and 2004 were played on the Riley Aristocrat Champion.