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The Real World
Despite its share of mishaps and modifiend payouts, the Galveston World Classic was a big-time extravaganza. (Photo by Justin Collett)
Story by R.A. Dyer
LOUIS VICKIO repeats himself, just so you know: "We lost a lot of money," he says, "a lot of money." In turns gregarious and pensive, self-deprecating and self-confident, obsessive and pragmatic: combined together these qualities make Vickio seem almost half mad. The bearded and boisterous Houston entrepreneur has taken a moment from his breathless responsibilities as the founder and main organizer of the Galveston World Classic. He counts off the expenses, one by one - but only those in which his Taylor Road Productions has shelled out $30,000 or more. There's the bleachers, he says, and the lighting and scoreboard. He seems tired as he speaks, but also energized. And after 12 long days, he seems almost a little punch drunk, maybe half crazed.
Since 1978, Billiards Digest magazine has been the pool world’s best source for news, tournament coverage, player profiles, bold editorials, and advice on how to play pool. Our instructors include superstars Nick Varner and Jeanette Lee. Every issue features the pool accessories and equipment you love — pool cues, pool tables, instruction aids and more. Columnists Mike Shamos and R.A. Dyer examine legends like Willie Mosconi and Minnesota Fats, and dig deep into the histories of pool games like 8-ball, 9-ball and straight pool.
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