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Billiard hall opens

The Green Felt Jungle held its ribbon cutting ceremony last Wednesday. Shown from L to R: Atmore Area Chamber Executive Assistant Mallorie Beachy, Robert Lowery, Arri Torres, Rick Gibson, Foster Kizer, Bub Gideons, Ricky Martin, Tyler Lowery, Chris Singleton, Christy Lowery, Myrna Moore, Donna Gilman and Brandy Giger. Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

The Green Felt Jungle held its ribbon cutting ceremony last Wednesday. Shown from L to R: Atmore Area Chamber Executive Assistant Mallorie Beachy, Robert Lowery, Arri Torres, Rick Gibson, Foster Kizer, Bub Gideons, Ricky Martin, Tyler Lowery, Chris Singleton, Christy Lowery, Myrna Moore, Donna Gilman and Brandy Giger.
Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Rick Gibson has been playing pool all of his life.

The Atmore resident opened the Green Felt Jungle, a family-oriented billiard hall, on Jack Springs Road about five months ago. The local joint celebrated its ribbon cutting last week.

Gibson said as a young competitor, he’d play just so he could eat.

“If I didn’t win, I didn’t eat,” he said.

Gibson said he’s been off the road for some 20 years. At one point in time, he lived in New Orleans, La., for 10 years.

“It’s a great game,” he said. “You’ve got to love it to play it.”

Gibson said he opened the Green Felt Jungle, which houses several pool tables and a few big-screen TVs, with the young people in mind.

Unlike most billiard halls, Atmore’s newest spot has a strict dress code. Gibson said people should wear shirts with their pants pulled up.

Open from Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. until the place clears out, the Green Felt Jungle also hosts tournaments. The next tournament is slated for this Sat., April 23.

Gibson said more and more people have participated in the tournaments.

Additionally, some of the best pool players will be in attendance, Gibson said.

Cost to play is based on the pool table size.

For the seven-foot tables, it costs $1; for the nine-foot tables, it’s $10 per hour for as many people who want to play.