Obama a "shark" at the pool table, Gov. Hickenlooper says

President Obama plays a game of pool with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (C) at a local pub in Denver, Colorado, on July 8, 2014.


President Obama is known for being competitive on the basketball court, but he's also apparently a cutthroat pool player.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., told reporters at the National Governors Association meeting on Sunday that the president surprised him by beat him in two consecutive games. To add insult to injury, the two were playing at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, a bar that Hickenlooper co-founded.

"You know I'll tell ya -- the man is a shark," Hickenlooper told reporters, Time reports. "I was up a few balls. I felt pretty good. I was actually wondering whether how hard should I -- you can't beat the president of the United States. And then literally before my eyes, he ran like four balls."

The two Democrats had $10 on the line but decided to play double-or-nothing. "I was playing as hard as I could possibly play" in the second game, the governor said. Still, Mr. Obama beat him, and he made sure all the press was present to snap pictures when the governor handed him his $20 in winnings.

Hickenlooper said that as Mr. Obama was leaving, he returned the $20 bill in a handshake and told the governor to "find a good charity."

"Which is, like, very diminishing," the governor said.

Mr. Obama was in Colorado last week to attend Democratic fundraisers and talk about the economy. Along with playing pool and drinking beer at Wynkoop, Mr. Obama was offered some marijuana -- which is now legal for adults under Colorado law. The president, knowing full well the drug is still illegal under federal law, declined.

On Wednesday, a day after their pool game, Mr. Obama was clearly basking in his victory. He gloated about it multiple times, both at public events and fundraisers.

"I walked down the block to shoot some pool with Governor Hickenlooper at his old bar, the Wynkoop Brewing Company -- you should not ask him who won," Mr. Obama said to laughs at a public event in a Denver park on Wednesday. "No, no, really, don't ask Governor Hickenlooper who won at pool."