When he attempts to break his own record of clearing 10 tables in under 8 minutes and 57 seconds today (November 1) at Tablespoon Cafe in the courtyard of Central Festival, the Irishman will have already won in his eyes.
“To be honest, it doesn't do anything for me to beat the record,” Pearson says, “for me the best part is to be in a new place, a new environment, to get people excited about it and bring some joy out of this game. It's really a sight to see.”
The “Ginger Wizard” currently has over 20 Guinness World Records in pool, which is an astonishing achievement, especially for someone who only picked up a cue at the relatively late age of 18.
Honing his craft and trick shots in bars across Great Britain, it wasn't until he was 21 that he set his first record.
Since then, Pearson has been an ambassador for the game and even had a chance to entertain athletes in the last two Olympics (in Beijing and London) between their competitions.
Performing two to three times a day for Olympic athletes, Pearson believes that it is only a matter of time before pool becomes an Olympics sport itself.
“For many years, pool has had the stigma of smoke-filled rooms and shady bars,” he says, “those days are long gone. In the US, a survey two years ago revealed that at least 110 million people played the game at least once. That's a big number. And it is very big in Asia.”
Whereas audiences have to breathe silently while watching live golf, pool is a game that is honed in noisy halls and bars that allows players to develop their concentration – and Pearson is no different.
“Noise is good because it gets the adrenaline pumping. You get the feeling that everybody is taking part,” he says, adding that he plays thousands of games a year.
Guinness officials will be on hand to watch Pearson as he goes back and forth between two tables at Tablespoon Cafe – each 1.5 metres apart – as he attempts the record.
The order in which the balls are pocketed doesn't matter, as long as the eight ball is always last.
Pearson says he will know within the first two ‘tables’ whether he will break his own record and says, as always, the biggest challenge is how the white ball lands in the break.
“The white ball is key. If it stops fast then I have options, but if it keeps moving then it's 'tick, tick, tick,'” he says.
To see Dave Pearson attempt to break his world record, visit the Tablespoon Cafe in the courtyard of Central Festival from 7-10pm tonight (November 1).
The event will be broadcast on Live 89.5 with commentary from Sam Clarke and The Phuket News' Sports Editor Jean-Pierre Mestanza.
TV cameras will also be filming the attempt.