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This tournament was born from the desire of a pro player to change pool
A Dream of a Pro Player
The Texas Tornado began playing pool when she was eight years old, and she dominated local tournaments right away, compiling over 200 trophies before she was a teenager. But Vivian abruptly stopped playing to play other high school sports, where she excelled at basketball and volleyball.
Luckily, she returned to pool while in college. She took her basic classes and thought about accounting, but got back into pool and wound up being a professional billiards player.
In the past 20 years, she has amassed 19 titles, including the 1992 National Championship and the 1996 ESPN World Championship. But the win she remembers most is the 1992 Kasson Classic, which propelled her to number one, where she remained for five years. Since then, Vivian hasn’t fallen out of the top ten.
Born January 30 in San Antonio, TX, Vivian Villarreal has been voted one of the most entertaining and exciting players to watch male or female. Her nickname, “The Texas Tornado,” not only refers to her whirlwind ability to run through racks but also to her mercurial emotions on the table.The “Texas Tornado” nickname is fitting for this animated billiards champion, who hails from San Antonio and is one of the world’s leading Hispanic sports personalities. Villarreal’s exciting, interactive pool playing style has pushed the popularity of the sport to it’s highest level. Her fans have a special way to cheer the “Texas Tornado”. They spin their fingers, tornado-style, and mimic the sound of the rushing air.
She has been on many magazine covers such as “American Way”, “Pool & Billiard Magazine”, “People En Espanol” and “Billiards Digest”. She has also made many television appearances, including “Good Morning America”.
Villarreal is sponsored by Navigator Tips. Her fondest pool-playing memory is defeating Minnesota Fats at the age of 8.
We’re committed to making a difference in the Pool world. Having pool tournaments with the highest standards possible, and bringing together the best pool players in the world. We truly believe that we can make a difference in the pool world.
The world of pool has been Vivian’s family for over 20 years, and now she wants to give back and offer more possibilities to the players around the world.
Loyalty to the game that has given the pro player everything she has. Vivian Villarreal and her team are focus on making a difference in the pool world, and change all the stigmas around the sport.
We have a strong responsibility in giving back and making a difference in this world. With a commitment to our foundation; a non for profit that raises funds to find missing children and assist exploited ones.