The New Cool of Pool

With Britney on the jukebox and mini-cues for the kids, the hustler's game has become a family sport

Chris's Billiards in Chicago, where the nation's top pool players rack 'em up before crowds in bleachers, is an old-fashioned pool hall, famous for its grit, its smoky aroma, its hints of intrigue and unsavory wheeling and dealing. For years the club, where Martin Scorsese filmed scenes of his 1986 Tom Cruise--Paul Newman hit, The Color of Money, was the kind of place parents warned their children to stay away from. Yet on a recent Tuesday afternoon Diana Dobrzynski, 5, was there shooting a few games with her brother Joshua, 12, and her grandmother, retired police officer Pat Hays, a pool...

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