Shuffleboard has been around for almost 500 years and is a game of skill rather than a game of chance. Back in the day, it was called by several names, like ‘shrove groat’ or ‘slide groat’ during the 16th century in England. The groat was a large British coin worth about 4 pence. Later, the groat became a silver penny and the name changed to ‘shoe penny’ or ‘shovel-penny’. The British colonists brought the game over to America and it really began to catch-on during the early 20th century. During this time, beautifully handcrafted shuffleboard tables began to make an appearance. Shuffleboard hit it big time in the 50′s in bars and pubs. However, pool halls began to edge shuffleboard out of the limelight in the 60s, but today, there are well over 5 million people enjoying the game of shuffleboard either in their homes or at their favorite bars.
The games enjoyed being played on the shuffleboard are more than what most people are familiar with such as Knock Off, Horse Collar and Crazy Eights, which are the 3 most popular games to play at home. Knock Off is the most common of these games and it’s the official shuffleboard game for tournaments and requires the most skill and finesse.