My name is Jeff and I live in Brazil. I travel to the states a lot to buy pool cues. I just started collecting pool cues in August of 2005, and (as of the end of 2006) I have 13 cues.
In Brazil where I live, there really aren't any pool halls per se. In the bars they have bar box tables with smaller balls and smaller pockets. The most I've seen in 1 bar was 6 tables. As for pool cues, I have the only American style cues in my town of 190,000 people. I'm an American and I use to live in NY, I moved here 7 years ago to do Gemstone mining, Emerald, Topaz, Tourmaline, etc. I visit the states twice a year to sell stones and buy cues.
I tried for 3 years to find an American table here, and they don't have any so I had one built to American specs. Here are some pics of my home pool room in Brazil.
"Billiard cues are like Diamonds, each one is unique."