I traveled to Denver, CO last week on an overnight business trip. As part of my pre-travel routine, I always do a quick internet search to locate good billiard rooms in the local area. I searched the Denver area online for a couple hours, and even called a few establishments to determine if they had the type of equipment I was looking for, but was having trouble locating a room. I decided to do a quick search for professional pool players in the Denver area to see if I could contact one to get advice. My search turned up a very interesting website called ‘The Tip Jar.” I enjoyed reading the site, and was pleased to discover that the site’s author, Samm Diep, (a.k.a. The Denver Cherry Bomb) lived in the Denver area. Cool! I could tell from her website that she traveled around the nation a lot playing in tournaments and providing tournament coverage for several billiard publications. Although I knew it was very unlikely that she would actually be in town, I decided to email her to get advice on local rooms. Surprise! She wrote back within a day, and told me not only was she in town, but she was available to talk pool and shoot a little. Woohoo!
We met Wednesday night at Rack’em Billiards in Aurora, CO, where she serves as the House Pro. We shot some warm-up games, then she gave me a lesson and showed me some new practice drills to work on. We talked pool for two or three hours. I must admit, before I met her I had no idea what to expect, but I found her to be a great ambassador for the sport. Not only is she a great player, instructor, writer, reporter and entrepreneur, but also she has a list of pool shooting accomplishments a mile long. Not to mention she is also a genuinely very wonderful person. So if you happen to pass through the Denver area, drop by, meet her, and take a lesson or two. You’ll be glad you did.