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Old 01-24-2019, 12:44 PM
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Louie V. was one of the promoters of this event. He expressed great sorrow in that the tournament lost a bunch of money... We played on the same league 8 ball team a couple of years ago and thatís when this conversation came up... He invited me to his home to play some one pocket, and he had several pics from the Galveston tournament in his man cave... I asked about them, and he told me the whole story about how he and some others organized it and promoted it... Sad that it didnít get better support, but pool has always been a tough sell to the public...
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I was surprised and disappointed that they didn't have a follow up event. It seems to me that they would have realized that it takes awhile to get these big events to catch on-- the obvious example is the DCC, or even Johnston City.

As impressive as the setting was, including events for all the pool disciplines, plus 3C billiards, and bar pool, they probably went in too heavy for the first one. They sure didn't spare any expense, so they must have realized what they were getting into. Even the hotel venue was at a 4-star luxury facility, the Moody Gardens Hotel. In that general neck of the woods, surely there were other more cost effective venues.

Did Louie mention any of those points? It sure was a memorable event.

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Old 01-24-2019, 08:18 PM
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I was surprised and disappointed that they didn't have a follow up event. It seems to me that they would have realized that it takes awhile to get these big events to catch on-- the obvious example is the DCC, or even Johnston City.

As impressive as the setting was, including events for all the pool disciplines, plus 3C billiards, and bar pool, they probably went in too heavy for the first one. They sure didn't spare any expense, so they must have realized what they were getting into. Even the hotel venue was at a 4-star luxury facility, the Moody Gardens Hotel. In that general neck of the woods, surely there were other more cost effective venues.

Did Louie mention any of those points? It sure was a memorable event.

~Doc
They spread themselves out to thin with all the events and didnít have enough lead time for the advertising to be effective enough to match the outlay... Louie said he had to come out of pocket about 40k to pay off everything involved...

It was a nice event, but it seemed somewhat convoluted in that the events were run haphazardly all over the place... I went only one day and sat atop the grandstand overlooking the main table on one side and an array of tables on the backside where they were playing some one pocket matches and some nine ball matches... the main table featured Mica Immonen and Earl Strickland I believe playing 9 ball, I forget who won that match, but I enjoyed it and several other matches during that day as well...the place was huge, and the day I went, it looked almost empty of spectators... A shame, because a lot of great players turned out for the event...
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Old 01-25-2019, 12:59 AM
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Hillbilly worked his ass off trying to help promote the event. Shame for everyone that it didn't work out.
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