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Virginia Beach pool hall, the largest in the nation, looking to community to help keep doors open

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Posted at 4:38 AM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 09:08:16-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - In an unassuming strip mall in Virginia Beach lies the Disneyland of pool halls - so much so that pool sharks put it on their bucket list to see this billiards room.

"This was my father's American dream - to start a pool room, "said Shannon Paschall.

Q-Master Billiards is the fruit of the late Barry Behrman's labor.

"This place is like a museum for the history of pool," said General Manager Gary Ornoff, Behrman's nephew.

In 1971, Behrman founded the joint. What started as a room with just six tables is now home to 70 of them across 25,000 square feet.

"It's massive," said Ornoff.

Lately, the home of dozens of U.S. Open 9-Ball championships has had a little less cash in the corner pocket - hugging the rail, but hanging on.

"It's been very difficult. We have pretty much gone through all our savings," said Paschall.

But the tricks are still on the table. Q Master is banking on cleanliness and distance these days.

"The balls, the cues get sanitized," said Ornoff. "Every other table is in quarantine, and we give you your own chalk to keep."

The leagues have lessened, and occupancy once hovering around 500 is slashed to 150 for safety, but the families are starting to trickle in.

"It is a wonderful game. You use physics, geometry, and it caters to every age group and demographic," said Ornoff.

So, if you are looking for a break to cure the winter blues, come grab a stick and call your shot - just make sure you leave the eight ball for last.

"I think you will love the sense of community Q-Master's can deliver," said Ornoff.

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