Successful men rarely deign to advise hopeful neophytes -- Henry Kravis won't teach you how to make money, and Mel Gibson won't teach you how to hate Jews. For pool lessons from a man who hasn't forgotten the little guy, call Danny "Kid Delicious" Basavich
A Jersey native, Kid's just now busting into the big time: a #1 tour ranking, a movie deal, and a just-published book about his career as "the last great American pool hustler" (though you'll find mediocre foreign hustlers equally adept at grifting your money). Sign up for one of his three-hour lessons, and before teaching you basics like cue leveling and stance, Kid'll suss out your level of skill/fecklessness. Then it's on to higher learning, like stroke speed, playing for position, and advanced english (lesson #1: dangle a modifier, and your would-be mark'll shank you).
Despite his status, Kid charges only $150 per extended session, and'll trek to any borough as long as you pay for table fees and travel expenses -- as the ultimate sign of integrity is not letting pride get in the way of free bus fare.