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Shuffleboard is not for old folks anymore. Check out this trendy NY club.


Shuffleboard is not for old folks anymore. Check out this trendy NY club.

WATCH | Shuffleboard is no longer a game for your grandparents, thanks to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

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In 2011, co-owners Johnathan Schnapp and Ashley Albert decided to open Royal Palms after a trip to the world's largest shuffleboard club in St. Petersburg, Florida.  

Royal Palms is heavily influenced by the Florida shuffleboard scene. Old photographs depicting the history of the game line the walls while old baskets from shuffleboard clubs are used to hold the biscuits (playing disks). Tropical decorations are spread throughout, providing a laid-back beach vibe. Each specialty cocktail is named after notable shuffleboard players. T-shirts honoring famous players can be purchased, too. 

 Myrna Bilton, President of the International Shuffleboard Association, featured on a shirt

One of the most popular events at Royal Palms is their weekly shuffleboard league matches every Monday and Tuesday. Over 800 players battle for the league title and a massive trophy that is handed out at the end of each season.

A unique aspect of Royal Palms are the food trucks that  serve hungry shuffleboard players.

We always feel like you're not really able to achieve community without value. We want people to feel like this is their place.
Johnathan Schnapp, co-owner

Royal Palms strives to bring wholesome experiences that bring people back every week. The sense of community provides an experience that you cannot get anywhere else. People with little to no background in shuffleboard are welcome to play. Free, two-minute lessons are given before each match. 

Schnapp and Albert aim to provide a shuffleboard experience that keeps bringing people from all backgrounds back for more. Their love for the game is shown through the success of Royal Palms. Johnathan and Ashley are two or the top shuffleboard players in the world ranking 23rd and 68th, respectively. The second Royal Palms location is plan to open in Chicago, Illinois sometime next year. 

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