Meet the Mechanics of Advanced Billiard Solutions
Patrick O’Donnell has been in the Billiard Industry since 1991. He started out as a pool room owner at age 20. A legendary mechanic named Al Conte would come down from Utica, NY and recover his tables. Pat took an interest in the work Al did. With words of wisdom from Al, Pat began to practice on his own tables. After many conversations and many long hours, Pat then began to sell and service tables from his pool room. When the internet boom hit, he was there to install for many companies. Unfortunately, tables would be delivered with parts that would not work with each other requiring the mechanic to correct these defects. In addition, as time went on a lot of these companies went out of business owing money to the installers. Pat’s company PoolTable911.com now services 400 to 500 pool tables a year.Pat is 41, married with two children, and lives in Beach Haven, NJ.
John Burns started playing pool at the young age of 10 years old. In 1988 he began to work for the biggest Brunswick dealer in the country. By 1991 the dealership sent him to New York to become Brunswick Certified Installer, and the instructor was Al Conte. He and Al became friends and spoke often. In 2002 John started his own service business called Classic Billiard Service. He has worked on more than 10,000 tables in his career, ranging in worth from $150.00 to $150,000.00. For the last 15 years he has specialized in antique pool tables. John has collaborated with several manufacturers on designs. John is 44, married, and lives in Dayton, MD.
Bob De Turk
Bob De Turk has been a high-level pool player for about 15 years. He began his career as a pool table mechanic in 1998. Since then, he has become nationally-known in the pool table business. Bob’s rail work and pocket work are among the best in the country. Bob has worked on all major table brands including Brunswick, Olhausen, Kim Steele, Gandy, and Gabriel. His attention to detail is unwavering, and he knows what goes into making a pool table play its absolute best.