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1 Pocket Ghost
06-01-2011, 02:11 PM
Going through some of my old pics over the holiday weekend I realized that I had a couple of pics of the famous Chris's Billiards of Chicago, where scenes from The Color Of Money were filmed...I know there have been guys in the past who have wondered/asked what this old school poolroom looks like (up on the second floor, old support pillars, old pool photos and posters on the walls, worn 40 yr. old carpeting and linoleum, etc.), so I thought I'd post up these pics...these pics were taken on a quiet afternoon...

Chris's is only so-so for action nowadays, but during the 80's-90's there was real good and constant action...

Chris's is a huge poolroom - 45 tables - these two pics are of the main front room which has 15 tables, and a 6/12 snooker table - this room is where most of the action games takes place...to the right of this room is a separate, slightly smaller room with 10 tables, and through the back archways is a huge room - as big as the first two rooms combined...one of the things that's always been great about Chris's Billiards is that since it's so big, there's tons of room, and comfortable arm chairs, around all of the tables.

- Ghost

jason
06-01-2011, 02:37 PM
It actually looks pretty good in those pictures!! Old time pool halls rock.

peteWazzup
06-01-2011, 04:36 PM
You smell what I smell?

jason
06-01-2011, 04:38 PM
I thought someone was supposed to clean that up!

jrt30004
06-01-2011, 05:09 PM
You smell what I smell?

smoke?.......

peteWazzup
06-01-2011, 05:27 PM
smoke?.......

...money.
:thumbup:

Voodoo Daddy
06-03-2011, 05:11 AM
Nice pics Ghosty...been awhile.

mosconiac
06-03-2011, 06:26 AM
Thanks for the pics. I try to hit up Chris' whenever I'm in Chicago...but it's been a while!

Scott Lee
06-03-2011, 10:17 AM
Chris's Billiards is a great room! I've been playing in there since it opened in the 70's, and teaching there (off and on) for the past 25+ years. There is great pool memorabilia on all the walls, in all three rooms. Check it out the next time you're there! :thumbup:

Scott Lee
www.poolknowledge.com

Snookered007
06-03-2011, 12:29 PM
Thanks for posting those pics! It will be a real shame if the doors ever close on such a nostalgic place.

1 Pocket Ghost
06-03-2011, 09:07 PM
Nice pics Ghosty...been awhile.

Thanks for the pics. I try to hit up Chris' whenever I'm in Chicago...but it's been a while!

Thanks for posting those pics! It will be a real shame if the doors ever close on such a nostalgic place.


You're welcome guys.

- Ghost

PS, Voo, I'm glad you're feeling better...and unfortunately I know what that's all about, because I'm going through some health problems myself.

Nick B
06-03-2011, 10:14 PM
I got to Chicago once or twice a year. I make a pilgrimage to Chris' every time. When I walk up the stairs my friend between my legs gets exited.

God I love that place.

Nick

Zivan1967
06-03-2011, 11:30 PM
I got to Chicago once or twice a year. I make a pilgrimage to Chris' every time. When I walk up the stairs my friend between my legs gets exited.

God I love that place.

Nick

You shouldn't carry your cue between your legs :wink:

Chris's is a great place to shoot, I have been there a couple times and hopefully if the bca league starts up like they're planning to do, i'll be getting into that.

pt109
06-05-2011, 09:49 AM
When I enter Chris', the Color of Money is far from my mind.

First I see Joe Diaz at the old Brunswick carom table telling a friend of
mine in a stern but kind and gentle voice(he had had just butchered a shot)
"Do not hit a ball hard in my presence."

Then it's George Fels cussing himself while trying to beat Willie's 526.

And the magic of Raymond Ceulemans and Sang Lee.

..Efren winning a consolation tournament while playing 3-cushion like
a 'pool player'.

Don 'the preacher' Feeney running a 100 at snooker, a 100 at straight pool,
and running double figures at 3-cushion.(I think on the same day)

..me haggling with John Wright over a Tascarella that I just had to have.

..me in a difficult position on a Vehoven and arguing with a dozen players
about how to play it (the advice and the humor were priceless)

...shopping for cotton sweaters in the store under Chris' and having a cop
walk in and ask "Who owns the Ramcharger parked on the yellow line?"
..and I say "It's mine, I'll move it." ..and he says "Take your time."
A 'beat cop' who looks after his neighborhood.....

Yeah, Chris' is my kind of pool hall....
...and Chicago is my kind of town

The Color of Money was a bit alright too

Nick B
06-05-2011, 10:17 AM
Yeah all that and more. What ever happened to the nut-job trying to make 50 balls in one shot in the back room? Video camera. 20 minutes of setup and talking to himself followed by a crushing should of 50 balls moving.

Nick

When I enter Chris', the Color of Money is far from my mind.

First I see Joe Diaz at the old Brunswick carom table telling a friend of
mine in a stern but kind and gentle voice(he had had just butchered a shot)
"Do not hit a ball hard in my presence."

Then it's George Fels cussing himself while trying to beat Willie's 526.

And the magic of Raymond Ceulemans and Sang Lee.

..Efren winning a consolation tournament while playing 3-cushion like
a 'pool player'.

Don 'the preacher' Feeney running a 100 at snooker, a 100 at straight pool,
and running double figures at 3-cushion.(I think on the same day)

..me haggling with John Wright over a Tascarella that I just had to have.

..me in a difficult position on a Vehoven and arguing with a dozen players
about how to play it (the advice and the humor were priceless)

...shopping for cotton sweaters in the store under Chris' and having a cop
walk in and ask "Who owns the Ramcharger parked on the yellow line?"
..and I say "It's mine, I'll move it." ..and he says "Take your time."
A 'beat cop' who looks after his neighborhood.....

Yeah, Chris' is my kind of pool hall....
...and Chicago is my kind of town

The Color of Money was a bit alright too

"CaliRed".
06-05-2011, 02:22 PM
here are some photos from crystal cue, who visited there recently. I'll let him chime in on the photos.
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"CaliRed".
06-05-2011, 02:23 PM
here's 4 more

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George Fels
06-05-2011, 06:31 PM
...his name is Jeff Gates. He's video-recorded the pocketing of 30 balls, 40 balls, and all numbers in between; he may even have achieved the low 40s. Haven't seen him in over a year, though. GF

Nick B
06-05-2011, 06:43 PM
Mr. Fels,
Sorry I didn't mean to insult the guy...but he did seem a bit "off". Thx with helping me with my Straight Pool a few months ago. I finally ran a couple of 100's (in practice). Nobody plays straight pool up here and thus you have nothing to reference to.

Nick

...his name is Jeff Gates. He's video-recorded the pocketing of 30 balls, 40 balls, and all numbers in between; he may even have achieved the low 40s. Haven't seen him in over a year, though. GF

jason
06-05-2011, 06:47 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aaCnjUekR8

I hope this isn't who you are referring too!

This is so bad, it's funny. Not only can't he hold a cue...look where he is looking at the end of the video! LMFAO

freddy the beard
06-06-2011, 02:46 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aaCnjUekR8

I hope this isn't who you are referring too!

This is so bad, it's funny. Not only can't he hold a cue...look where he is looking at the end of the video! LMFAO


Jeff Gates is a little eccentric, but I have witnessed, and he has recorded (since he has the video camera running all the time he is shooting these shots) making 40 balls in one shot -- many times. Why he refuses to put his shot up on YouTube, or in a TV commercial, or anything else, is his own strange decision. He is very paranoid about someone else somehow taking credit and advantage of what he has worked on for years. He doesnt do it for the money, so the only people who have had access to viewing the shot are the players who hang in Chris's Billiards.

Beard

He does have a few bucks so he rents the table by the year!
(Now to all those potential wise-guys out there who say it cant be done, save your money, you will lose.)

"T"
06-06-2011, 04:46 AM
Jeff Gates is a little eccentric, but I have witnessed, and he has recorded (since he has the video camera running all the time he is shooting these shots) making 40 balls in one shot -- many times. Why he refuses to put his shot up on YouTube, or in a TV commercial, or anything else, is his own strange decision. He is very paranoid about someone else somehow taking credit and advantage of what he has worked on for years. He doesnt do it for the money, so the only people who have had access to viewing the shot are the players who hang in Chris's Billiards.

Beard

He does have a few bucks so he rents the table by the year!
(Now to all those potential wise-guys out there who say it cant be done, save your money, you will lose.)

Yeah, that whole protective thing was a little tough to figure out. Nice guy overall.

philw
06-06-2011, 08:16 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aaCnjUekR8

I hope this isn't who you are referring too!

This is so bad, it's funny. Not only can't he hold a cue...look where he is looking at the end of the video! LMFAO

Like George and Freddy have stated, that's Jeff Gates and he's no nutjob.
He invented a shot that is up to over 40 balls on one stroke. I have a video of myself shooting it when it was at 24 balls in 1991.

jason
06-06-2011, 08:20 PM
Like George and Freddy have stated, that's Jeff Gates and he's no nutjob.
He invented a shot that is up to over 40 balls on one stroke. I have a video of myself shooting it when it was at 24 balls in 1991.

Just for the record, I didn't call him a nut job. I was just making a joke.

"T"
06-07-2011, 03:17 AM
I didn't know Jeff as well as others here, but I seem to remember him calling himself nuts. :)