Vivian Villarreal

Vivian "The Texas Tornado" Villarreal Nickname
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Biography

Arguably the most electric and charismatic player in the WPBA for nearly 20 years, the free-wheeling “Texas Tornado” turned pro in 1991 and swiftly made herself known, winning three WPBA titles in two years (1991-1992), and earning Pool & Billiard Magazine Player of the Year honors for 1992. She had the misfortune of staging her two best years on the Classic Tour during seasons otherwise dominated by another player: 1994, with four titles (Player of the Year Jeanette Lee had five); and 1996, with four titles (POY Allison Fisher had seven). In all, she has collected 16 significant titles, including 15 WPBA titles spanning eras dominated by Loree Jon Jones, Robin Bell, Ewa Laurance and Allison Fisher.

WPBA Titles
  • 1991 Wahine Open
  • 1992 WPBA National Championship
  • 1992 International 9-Ball Classic
  • 1993 Bicycle Club Casino Classic Cup (Non-Classic Tour event)
  • 1993 Kasson Chicago Classic
  • 1994 Connelly Billiards Denver Classic
  • 1994 Viking Cues Milwaukee Classic
  • 1994 Cuetec Cues Charlotte Classic
  • 1994 Huebler Cues Seattle Classic
  • 1995 Viking Cues Charlotte Classic
  • 1996 Gordon’s Boston $50,000 9-Ball
  • 1996 Pool & Billiard Detroit Classic
  • 1996 Connelly Philadelphia Players Classic
  • 1996 ESPN World Open 9-Ball Championship
  • 1998 Brunswick Billiards New York Classic
  • 2018 WPBA Signature Tour Emerald Billiards
Other major titles:
  • 1993 WPA World Tour — Ibiza, Spain

2015 WPBA Hall of Fame Inductee

(2020 BCA Hall of Fame Player Bio)