Sam Won is an oddity simply because there's no booze. Some Yelp reviews from a few years ago reveal that people used to bring their own. That's no longer allowed today. But the dry atmosphere actually gives Sam Won an edge over beer-drenched pool halls. It means the place never really gets crowded, and to line up your shots, you're not forced scoot around people who are more serious about drinking than running out the table to the money ball. At $15 an hour for a table, the price is right. And while the space can be a little messy and funky at times (is that even a bad thing for a pool hall?), the tables are clean and the cues are straight and weighty.
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