It’s not every day that a pool player gets featured on the cover of a culture & entertainment magazine in a major American city…but the Chicago Reader has done just that, by telling the story of Hall of Famer Freddy “The Beard” Bentivegna. For those unfamiliar with him, “The Beard” is one of America’s living legends of pool, and has authored Banking with The Beard and his new book, The Encyclopedia of Pool Hustlers.
The Reader’s cover feature on Bentivegna tells of his fascinating travels, personal history, and of course, his stories of some of pool’s most interesting characters. Along with the article, which can be found on The Reader’s website here, Freddy was featured in a video shot at Chicago’s famed Chris’s Billiards, which was one of the locations where “The Color of Money” was filmed.
Freddy “The Beard” also made it onto the Mark Bazer’s “The Interview Show”, in an appearance that was filmed on April 5, 2014. Check out both videos in the players below.