Playing Pool in Rio de Janeiro

By Tony Maiella, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The game of pool referred to as “sinuca” or “bilhar” in Brazil is an beloved pastime in Rio de Janeiro with, “malandros” (Brazilian folkloric hustlers) as symbolic figures. Historically, pool was immensely popular here from the beginning of the twentieth century, peaking in the early sixties. Although its popularity has diminished over the years, the prevalence of international regulations has made the game more accessible to a wider audience.

There are some differences between Brazilian sinuca and the international regulations. The old style Brazilian billiards use a smaller table and eight . . .

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