Long Live Diamond Eight Billiards!

After 22+ years in business in the Latham community, Irene Skawinski has sold Diamond Eight Billiards. Jackie Ford and Alison Brown are the new owners effective today, March 26, 2013.

Irene and her husband Ed opened Diamond Eight Billiards in 1990 on Troy-Schenectady Rd. in Latham with ten pool tables. After Ed’s passing in 2000, Irene kept Diamond Eight going strong in its current location with the help of her family, including her son Ed, daughter-in-law Angela, daughter Christine, her brothers, sister, nephews and nieces, and her two grandsons Eddie and Jonathan.

We want to thank all of our past employees who helped shape Diamond Eight Billiards and added to its rich history. We also want to thank all the friends who helped us over the years in many ways, especially with our numerous charity events. You are all forever part of the Diamond Eight family.

Of course, Diamond Eight would be nothing without its “customers” (you have all been more than just “customers” to us). The best feeling is when you see people come in and really enjoy themselves. We have had lots of fun over the years and that has always been our goal with Diamond Eight: provide a venue for people to have fun. We think pool brings together people of all ages and backgrounds and it is nice to see that played out in real life.

Over the last 23 years, Diamond Eight has been very active in community charity, including running an annual golf tournament for ten years to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Diamond Eight was also known for its annual Toys for Tots drive, which culminated in a fun doubles tournament that was always well-attended.

Thank you again for all your support through the years! Please continue to support Jackie and Ali as they continue the adventures of Diamond Eight Billiards, the most fun pool room in the Capital Region!

Mike Fitch wins Winter Straight Pool Flight!

It was another tight race for the top spot of Diamond Eight’s Straight Pool league Winter Flight. Mike Fitch was able to hold off Jim Graziane by 3 points to take first place. Frank Bogardus was able to survive a late surge by Gino Burdujan to take 3rd place. The 15-week flight finished up on January 3rd and the final results are below:

  1. Mike Fitch (70)
  2. Jim Graziane (67)
  3. Frank Bogardus (62)
  4. Gino Burdujan (58)
  5. Ron Palka (52)
  6. Steve Hathaway (51)

Top 3

Thanks to all the players for another fun session!

See you soon!


Diamond Eight opens at 5pm Monday through Thursday and at noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We close at 1AM Sunday through Thursday and at 2AM Friday and Saturday.

See you soon!

Steve Hathaway earns Straight Pool league championship!

The Spring flight of Diamond Eight’s Straight Pool league came to an exciting close on Thursday, May 10, 2012 as Steve Hathaway was able to edge Ernie Mumford by 8 balls to take 1st place by 1 point (!) over Brian Struwe. This left Ernie in 3rd place by 1 point(!!!)

Steve and Ernie
Congratulations to Steve (pictured, left) our Straight Pool league Spring Flight Champion!! (Ernie Mumford, 3rd place, on the right)

A few points back was Mike Fitch, who finished 4th. Jim Graziane and Frank Bogardus rounded out the field. Congrats to all the players on a great flight!

Friday night Karaoke!

Friday nights at Diamond Eight are hot! We feature Karaoke with Sal every Friday night starting at 9:30pm. While you have a few (whatevers) to relax your vocal cords, you can play pool on one of our 7-foot bar-size pool tables, or choose our full-size tables to practice those extra tough shots! And if pool is not your game, there is still plenty more to do! Play foosball, darts, video games or QuickDraw, or just cozy up to the bar and watch the game on one of our many TVs.

Sing your heart out!