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. I took my basic classes and thought about accounting, but I got back into pool and wound up being a professional billiards player.
In the past 13 years, she has amassed 16 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 nearly two years. Since then, Vivian hasn’t fallen out of the top ten.
Born January 30 in San Antonio, TX, Vivian Villareal is one of the most entertaining players on the WPBA. 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.
She turned professional in 1991 and to date holds 16 titles. Villareal is sponsored by the Seminole Tribe of Florida and plays with a Brunswick cue. Her fondest pool-playing memory is defeating Minnesota Fats at the age of 8. For more information on Vivian, please log onto www.vivianvillareal.com.