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Full Circle Bar, 318 Grand St., Williamsburg, New York; (347) 725-4588, Rolling a noncompetitive game costs $1. League play costs $60 for a three-person team.

Skee-ball may evoke the bygone days of bustling East Coast boardwalks, but its modern-day alter ego, Brewskee-Ball, is played competitively in cities throughout the country.

The Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St., Austin, Texas; (512) 478-6200,

How they roll: "Down here it's more of a lax thing," said Roy Hinojosa, who holds the title of Best Roller in Austin. Hinojosa and his team, Luke Skeewalker, do their rolling at one of Texas' oldest and dingiest bars, the Scoot Inn. Insiders say the Whiskee Shooters are the team to watch this "skeeson."

Buckshot Bar & Gameroom, 3848 Geary St., San Francisco; (415) 831-8838,

How they roll: The game's a little friskier in San Francisco. The city's top roller is Joey "The Cat" Mucha, who's been known to don a leopard-print jumpsuit during clutch matches. Throw in a bar filled with taxidermy, shuffleboard, darts and Tron and you've got a wild night of sports without sweat.

Blue Post Billiards, 15 S. Water St., Wilmington, N.C.; (910) 343-1141.

How they roll: Folks down South take the game seriously, but not too seriously, said Wilmington roller Mary Jo Fish. "At the end of the day, we're grownups who are playing skee-ball competitively."

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