Six times World Snooker Championship finalist, Jimmy White arrived at Bootleggers Bar in at Rompho Market courtesy of Love Pattaya’s “Tuk Tuk” to take part in an exhibition show at the bar, which was partly sponsored by Love Pattaya.
Jimmy, 55, who had just returned from a similar trip to Vietnam, was looking the part, as he stepped out from the Tuk Tuk, to be greeted by many adoring fans. He shook hands with pool players who were playing in a tournament to win the right to play against the snooker legend, waved at fans, before settling down to play his first match.
Dressed in his traditional black two piece suit, he first match was against bar owner Alan. In a close and exciting frame, Alan won on a black ball finish.
Alan, from England, was absolutely delighted to be the first man on the night to play and defeat the snooker and pool star.
Jimmy produced an array of trick shots during his challenge matches, much to the crowd’s delight.
The Corner House were victorious over Bootleggers in the final of the tournament to win the right to play Jimmy.
Stuart and Chef Thasha of the Corner House provided an awesome barbecue for the event, which as expected was a sell out.
Jimmy rented a house in Cosy Beach for his visit to Pattaya, and hired a personal chef to prepare his food.
He also owns a condo in Wongamat, which will be used as a holiday location and possible base, when he plays in tournaments or exhibitions around Asia.
Jimmy won his first tournament of note in 1979, the English Amateur Snooker Championship. A year later he was the World Amateur Snooker Champion and Indian Amateur Snooker Champion.
He turned professional and became one of the most loved players, due to his speed of play and cheeky grin. As a youngster he was compared to the great Alex Higgins.
Known as the “Whirlwind” Jimmy reached his first World Snooker final in 1984, losing to Steve Davis by a score of 18-10.
In 1986, he won two major events “The Classic” and the “Grand Prix”. The “British Open” followed in 1985 and then the “Canadian Masters” in 1989. He then reached the Final of the World Championship in 1990, 91, 92, 93 and 94, losing to Scotland’s Stephen Hendry on four occasions and John Parrot in 1991.
His appearance in the 1994 final against Hendry was a classic. He lost the match 18-17 in a thrilling encounter with the Scotsman. The fans were behind Jimmy right to the last shot but it was not to be.
Overall, Jimmy won ten ranking tournaments and was runner up in a further fourteen. He won the Senior World Championship in 2010 beating Steve Davis 4-1 in the final.
Jimmy is also a pool and poker player. He, Steve Davis and Alex Higgins, won pool’s Mosconi Cup in 1995.
He has also won numerous poker events over the years.
With Jimmy now having a base in Pattaya, we may see much more of the likeable star.
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