A magazine devoted to the characters and culture of pool and billiards in honor of and inspired by one of it's greatest storytellers, teachers, and legends - Freddy the Beard
Books and Instructional Videos by Freddy the Beard
On Pool Hustlers
"Pool Hustlers were the gunslingers of the 20th century who came to your town with pool cues instead of pistols." - Freddy 'the Beard'
Freddy the Beard Fast Facts
"Knockers only knock because they'll never be great at anything themselves." - Freddy 'the Beard'
The Epitome of Cool
Freddy the Beard with James "Peaches" Rochford
On Overcoming Adversity
"Sometimes......you just gotta get down with it." - Freddy 'the Beard'
On Why Pool is so Special
“Listen, in what other sport besides pool can a guy like Willie Hoppe win the world championship two times: at eighteen and 61? Like I said, pool's kept me young, you know? “ – Freddy 'the Beard' Bentivegna, "Shooters", The Chicago Reader by: Bruce Wexler, October 1977
2014, Skyline Magazine's Ann Gerber
"Chicago's own Freddy "the Beard" Bentivegna, was one of the lucky few to grab a role in the 1986 film, "The Color of Money" and taught young Tom Cruise how to break for nine-ball. The "Successor to Minnesota Fats" and "The Foremost Pool Scientist in America," Freddy's latest tome, "The Encyclopedia of Pool Hustlers" is filled with celebrity and pop culture tidbits from the last 50 years and includes Elvis, Phil Spector, Amarillo Slim, Harry Reasoner, Bobby Riggs, Igor Cassini, Goldie Hawn, James Caan and Geri McGee(Sharon Stone's character in "Casino")."
Freddy the cultural icon
11/10/75 Sports Illustrated, "Easy nine the hard way" by: Pat Putnam
"About the only dissenting view, and a mild one at that, came from Chicago Freddie(the Beard). Early in the week, he had stepped into the lobby from the Hotel Burlington elevator, his custom pool cue broken down and fitted snugly into its black leather case. An old railroad type, in engineer's cap and bib overalls, spotted him. The aged gent eyed the case and said, "How's the pheasant hunting going?'
Chicago Freddie laughed, "Pops," he said, "this isn't for shooting pheasant. This is for shooting pigeons."
Articles on pool and hustling from around the web
Stars of the Encyclopedia of Pool Hustlers
Friends and Fans of Freddy the Beard
Efren 'the Magician' Reyes
Freddy, thanks for teaching me how to play one pocket"
One of the reasons I like your Dad is because of his excellent book "Banking with the Beard" which has helped me very much!"
RIP Fred Bentivegna aka Freddy the Beard. Being a student during the 2011 Old School Pool Seminar at the Southern Classic in Tunica is truly one of the highlights of my pool career...You have left an everlasting mark on the world of pool."
Ed Young, Chicago custom cue maker and friend
Freddy's real gift is not playing pool. It's being the world's best narrator for stories. His timing's right. The facts are right. There are so many stories.
Freddy is an icon. He knows more about all the different facets of the world of pool than any living human.
Bill Incardona, World Champion and Pool Legend
Freddy is an icon and a personal friend of mine. We have known one another for over 50 years...He constantly keeps you amused with his gift of gab and his vivid and accurate description of the lifestyle he and so many other great characters shared...No one like him. Bank on, Brother.
Proud to call Freddy a friend. Greatest storyteller since Fats but in The Beard's case they are true. He can teach you a lot about pool and a lot about Life.
I wish this generation would listen to the 30 volume encyclopedia known as Freddy the Beard...they might just learn something! Bank on, Brother!