An Interview with Garret, Founder of Sneaky Pete Mafia. ~ Gail Eaton {Issue 3}

Most of us can agree that we would like more money and prestige for pool and billiards players.

Most of those can see the end goal: clean up the image of pool, bring it into the 21st century, make it more friendly for new players to join in and enjoy, and make it easier for all players to find information, instructions, products, leagues, or anything else about the sport.

This is much easier said than done, but Garret Troop has actually mapped a path to accomplish just that with the new Sneaky Pete Mafia community and magazine. Like so many players, Garret has seen the dark underbelly of the pool world—hustlers “laying a lemon” to trap him, broke and homeless, selling his cues to make it to the next payday, wondering how the skillful, rigorous, beautiful aspects of pool can emerge from the darkness and leave those shadows behind.

Although the name Sneaky Pete Mafia might seem to have some negative connotations of its own, the intent of the name is quite wholesome. Garret explained to me that his use of the word ‘mafia’ is more in line with the less-well-known dictionary definition,

“Mafia means family or group with similar interests, and that is what I hope to create: a large family, a community of people who love billiards, where everyone helps each other to learn about, enjoy, and support this sport we all love.”

He has attracted some high-level endorsements and support for the next step—-SPM magazine—where all the best topics from SPM group can be showcased.

What I heard from Garret is so exciting: