Hi, does anyone have POI files with a list of pool halls? I'm looking for anything in the United States specifically California and Nevada. If not, I'll create one, is anyone interested in it? I'm hoping there are a couple of road players on this forum that can help me out a little with a list of the best action rooms.
would love to have this POI too. Let me know if you find something?
Me too. Might make a road player outta me I look forward to such a POI, hope Texas is included. 9-ball for life!
I just got my GPS yesterday, and already thinking the same thing... If I can't find any, I'll probably just go ahead and figure out how to make one myself. I'll have to see how terribly time consuming the task turns out to be.
Meanwhile... Here is a great source for finding pool rooms on the web:
would be to use GeePeeEx editor which is discussed in this thread. www.poi-factory.com/node/19341
My steps would be:
1. Use Pool web site previously mentioned and list the places for one state.
2. Use Excel and paste name, street address, city, state, and phone number into separate columns (one entry per row). Add entries for each state into the same file.
3. Create an Excel header row to allow GeePeeEx to import the CSV file.
4. Save the file as CSV format.
5. Import into GeePeeEx editor.
6. Use GeePeeEx editor to batch geocode all the addresses.
7. Manually geocode the addresses GeePeeEx could not geocode. Oftentimes, a direction such as "North" is missing in the street address.
8. Once all addresses have been geocoded, save the GPX file which is ready for upload to POI Factory.
9. Export a CSV file.
10. Format CSV file properly for upload. Contact me for four simple Excel formulas to automatically do this.
11. Run POI Verifier II. (May not be needed.)
12. Upload to POI Factory.
I just emailed the owner of the site to see if they would be interested in geocoding their data base. They might just have an Excel file with all of the addresses in it. I did this when I did the Carlos O Kelly restaurants POI and the person in charge of marketing sent me an Excel file with all of the addresses. It also worked for the historical markers POI. The worst they can do is say is no.
The problem with doing it without their cooperation we might be running into a copyright problem, and unless I'm overlooking something I don't see a way to get a whole state at once, I tried Wisconsin and I had to get the addresses city by city.
The site is rather thin for Dallas/FW, so it needs a lot of updates. Seems like it should be simple for a yellow pages search for a more in-depth listing of PHs, yet there are many new ones and many low visability halls to be had. Take Richardson, TX for instance,,,none even listed at this site, and believe me, I played at several for years.
I do thank you for the site, traveling will provide some kind of info here for a place to drop in and kill some time.
The above link isn't working anymore (now remove map.htm at the end) but when it did, I was able to list all the sites in PA at one time. I forget exactly what I did but remember clicking on something at the bottom of the page.
yeah... the site looks completely new since I posted it last week. I did notice that a couple of the pool halls in the Palm Beach, FL area from the old list are missing now... Also, the new site is missing the descriptions, i.e number of tables, equipment type & quality, atmosphere, etc that the old site had . I'm still checking how "updated and comprehensive" the new list is, but I'm pretty certain the old one was better.
The best I could figure out how to view as a list was to click on the site map:
You still have to click on the links to see the details though.
Don B., Any word back from the site owner?
I haven't heard anything yet, but it could have something to do with the holidays.
Sure... I suppose that perhaps there are people out there with better things to do this time of year.
Unfortunately, this year, I'm not one of them.
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