People's Champion Jimmy White was quizzed by Fans on Tuesday at Frames Academy in Coulsdon in a live online Q&A via Facebook.

White, a 10-time ranking event winner, and six-times World finalist was fired questions via Dafasnooker journalists Curtis Braithwaite and Emma Maflin.

The Q&A came as last week the 7-times World Champion Stephen Hendry was also quizzed by fans live.

Snooker Greats

Both Hendry and White had appeared in four world finals together with The Whirlwind, as White is nicknamed, almost getting over the line in the 94 world final but missing a black off the spot in the deciding frame to be denied a world title.

White told his idol was ex-boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard, now in his 60s - but in terms of snooker - he a couple of times cited a great player Patrick Houlihan - who died in 2006 at the age of 77 who had turned pro in his forties (42) in 1971.

Houlihan won one of the first televised snooker events the BA&CC tournament - and on the pro circuit, he finished as high as 18th in the world rankings in 78/79.

His highest break was 108 in World Championship qualifying in 1980.

His pro career ended in 1993.

White was a friend of Houlihan and apparently, according to research - is claimed to have said about him: "I think he is the greatest snooker player I've ever seen."

He also cited another player, Charlie Poole, and of course the great two-time World Champion Alex Higgins.

Houlihan was frowned upon by the great Joe Davis apparently for playing for money in snooker clubs!

White and Poole actually collaborated on a book, which was called Jimmy White's Snooker Masterclass, with Poole doing the Introduction.

Stephen Hendry also did a similar book called Stephen Hendry's Snooker Masterclass, How to Build Big Breaks and Win!,

Both books can be viewed on Amazon.

Chinese give it 100%

White, 55, believes one of the reasons why there aren't many talents coming through from the UK now is because Westerners are not dedicated enough. He believes the Chinese, when they get good at something, seem to give it 100% even from a young age.

As The Whirlwind has said many times, regarding winning another ranking tournament, "I'm not finished yet."

He was relegated off the tour last season but given a two-year invitational tour card along with Irishman Ken Doherty - who had said in a recent interview with Dafasnooker that he was going to give it a go and see what happens in the next two seasons.

White and Doherty have already had last 16 and semi-final places respectively in ranking events this season, namely, the Riga Masters, and can still compete at a high level in tournaments.

He said he thought Hendry was a good commentator, because of what he had achieved, and he liked to "give it" to the players.

White told Braithwaite that he had just got a new cue from the famous cue-maker John Parris.

The interview comes as some top players are currently in Thailand, Bangkok, in the SangSom Six-Red World Championship where the defending champion Ding Junhui succumbed in the qualifying group.

White said after he packs up on the circuit he might get into coaching after one fan said players would benefit a lot from White's experience, re the mental side of the game.

On table conditions, White said he preferred BCE tables to Stars because he said when the cloth is worn, they are difficult to play on.