Jimmy White, legendary English professional snooker player, wrapped up his tour of Cambodia playing in a public event to show support for Cambodian child NGO Cam Kids.
He was joined on last week’s tour by 14-year old Thai prodigy Phaa Hmaunpao, with the pair celebrating a festival of pool at Phnom Penh’s Hops Brewery and Craft Beer Garden.
Close to 200 guests turned up to see the duo and witnessed some of the most exciting pool Phnom Penh has ever seen.
A household name in England and famous amongst pool enthusiasts throughout Asia and the world, White is renowned as the “Whirlwind” – a nickname he earned by not wasting time on the table.
White is a 6-times World Championship finalist, a two-time winner of both the World Cup and the British Open, and was also the first left-handed player, and second player overall, to record a maximum break at the World Championship.
“I came to Phnom Penh for the first time 14 or 15 years ago”, White said of the city he only had two days to explore this time. “It is amazing how this beautiful place has evolved since then, unrecognisable. It is fascinating how the city has grown into one of Southeast Asia’s major urban attractions. Hops too is a great location and fits this reborn city as a symbol of a modern hospitality perfectly. The pool tables were outstanding to play on, and I hope to be back sometime soon to meet these great players here again”, he said.
Ms. Hmaunpao also played a series of frames with Phnom Penh’s best pool players, who lined up to pay up to $50 for a series of three games each, with the proceeds going to Camkids.
Already on a highly professional level, she is eagerly waiting to complete her 18th birthday – when she will be able to enter the professional circuits in Asia and the world. “For me it was the first time in Phnom Penh, and my family and I were impressed that the city is looking so modern. It was a great experience to visit Cambodia, I hope I can come back to Hops and Phnom Penh to play again in the future”.
Also in attendance was British Ambassador to Cambodia Bill Longhurst who also hosted an evening reception to welcome Mr. White.