Oliver Ortmann

Oliver Ortmann (born 11 June 1967) is a German professional pool player from Gelsenkirchen. Ortmann is a three-time world champion, winning the 1995 WPA World Nine-ball Championship and both the 2007 and 2010 Straight pool world championships. Ortmann is the second player (after Earl Strickland) to win three world championships. With fourteen wins, he is one of the most successful players at the European Pool Championships. Ortmann is the second to Ralf Souquet on the Euro Tour, winning fourteen events. Ortmann was the first player from Europe to win the U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship, in 1989.

Oliver Ortmann
Ortmann aiming a shot
Ortmann at the European Pool Championship 2008 in Willingen
Born (1967-06-11) 11 June 1967 (age 52)
Sport country Germany
Nickname"The Machine"[1]
Pool gamesNine-ball, Straight pool
Tournament wins
World ChampionNine-ball (1995), Straight pool (2007, 2010)
Ranking info
Highest WPA ranking1

He has represented Europe eight times in the annual Mosconi Cup competition between 1994 and 2004, and was on the winning side in 1995 and 2002. With 44 German national medals, Ortmann is one of the most successful German pool players of all time. In 1996, he was the first cue sports player to receive the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt, the highest sporting award given in Germany. Ortmann was inducted into the Straight Pool Hall of Fame in an August 2013 ceremony in New York City. The following year, he was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Ortmann was born and raised in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.[2] At age six he began playing on a pool table in the basement of his parents' restaurant.[2][3] Ortmann won his first championship in 1985 at age 17 (the 8-Ball Junior European championships), defeating Sweden's Per Anda in the final. The following year he won his first German national championship (the straight pool championship), after meeting Thomas Engert in the final.[4][5] Ortmann studied in Munich to become an electronics technician, and at age 20 he became the manager of a billiard centre with 80 pool and billiard tables.[2][3]

He was the first player from Europe to win the U.S. Open Straight Pool Championship in 1989.[6][7] He won the event despite it being his first trip outside the Continent.[7] As a relative unknown, Ortmann defeated Steve Mizerak in the final.[7][8][6] Ortmann also won his first of many adult European Pool Championship events that year, beating Waldemar Markert in the straight-pool final.[3]

Professional career (1993–2010)Edit

He entered his first Euro Tour event in 1993, finishing second at that year's German Open and winning the following events in Austria and Hungary. Ortmann won his second US championship later that year, again in straight pool.[9] He won five Euro Tour events the following year (four in a row), and finished second twice. During the nine-event season, Ortmann reached the finals seven times.[10] He won his first world championship (the 1995 WPA World Nine-ball Championship), playing the American Dallas West in the final.[11][12]

In 1996, Ortmann was the first cue-sports player to receive the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt; fellow pool player Ralf Souquet won the award the following year.[8] Ortmann won the winner-take-all International Challenge of Champions event in 1997.[13] He was runner-up two years later, losing the final to Francisco Bustamante.[14] In 2000, however, Ortmann defeated Bustamante in the final for his second championship.[6][15]

Ortmann formed Ortmann Billiards, a pool-product manufacturer and retailer, in 2004.[16] Although the company specializes in cue sports such as pool, snooker and carrom, it also supports air hockey, darts and poker.[16] Ortmann reached the final of the 2004 World Pool Masters, but was defeated 6–8 by Thomas Engert.[17] Two years later, he joined the International Pool Tour and continued competing in events sanctioned by other organizations. Ortmann won the 2007 WPA World Straight Pool Championship, defeating Danny Barouty 200–56, Dennis Orcollo 200–7, and Danny Harriman 200–123 to reach the final.[18][19] There, he defeated Huidji See 200–171 for his second world championship.[20] Ortmann made the tournament's third-highest run, a 131.[21] He also played in the 2007 World Pool Masters, defeating Naoyuki Ōi 8–3 in the first round before losing 3–8 in the quarter-finals to David Alcaide.[22]

Ortmann reached the quarter-finals of the 2008 world straight pool championship (which he won the previous year) before losing to Jasmin Ouschan 133–200. He progressed to the semifinals the following year, defeating Earl Herring and Jonni Fulcher before losing to Mika Immonen.[23] Ortmann won his third world championship in 2010, defeating Immonen in the straight-pool final. Since the straight-pool tournament (also known as the World Tournament) is no longer sanctioned by the WPA, Ortmann remains the last official world straight-pool champion.[24] He is the second player to win three world championships, after Earl Strickland (who won the nine-ball championship in 1990, 1991 and 2002).[24]

Later career (2010–present)Edit

Ortmann reached the semifinals of the 2010 World Pool Masters in May of that year, defeating Darren Appleton, Thorsten Hohmann and Thomas Engert before losing 3–8 to Toru Kuribayashi.[25] He entered the 2011 WPA World Eight-ball Championship and defeated Mika Immonen 7–2 in the double-elimination round before losing in the round of 32 to Ronato Alcano.[26] Ortmann defeated Lo Li-wen [de] in the first knockout round, followed by Nick van den Berg and Li Hewen, before losing to eventual champion Chang Jung-Lin the following year.[27][28]

His Euro Tour wins include the 2009 Netherlands Open. This victory, Ortmann's 14th on the tour, placed him second on the all-time list of winners behind Ralf Souquet (23).[29] He has reached the semifinals of a tour event 35 times, with eight second-place finishes.[29]

Ortmann was inducted into the Straight Pool Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York City in August 2013. Two years earlier, he said: "It would be a great honor for me to be one day inducted into the Straight Pool Hall of Fame with the greatest players in straight pool."[9] In 2014, Ortmann was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame with promoter and historian Charles Ursitti.[6][30][31] He is a three-time European player of the year, receiving the award in 1990, 1993, and 1996.[6][32]

Team eventsEdit

Ortmann first represented Europe at the Mosconi Cup in the first competition in 1994 with the United States winning 16–12.[33] The following year, Ortmann competed in the Continent's first win,[34] and Ortmann was also on the winning side in 2002.[34] The 2002 victory with Ortmann was described by six-time snooker world champion Steve Davis as "one of the best moments of my career".[35] Ortmann competed in the team on eight occasions (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004), and was the non-playing captain in 2003.[36] Ortmann's eight appearances is the fifth most of any European player.[37]

At the World Cup of Pool, Ortmann has represented Germany three times. He and Thomas Engert reached the 2006 semifinals, losing to eventual winners Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante of the Philippines. In 2007, Ortmann and Christian Reimering lost in the first round to Singapore's Chan Keng Kwang and Toh Lian Han. He and Ralf Souquet reached the 2010 semifinals, where they were defeated by eventual winners Li Hewen and Fu Jianbo of China.[38] Ortmann appeared at the World Team Championship in 2010 and 2012, reaching the quarter-finals in 2010.[39][40]

TitlesEdit

Other awardsEdit

  • European Player of the Year 1990, 1993, 1996[6][32]
  • 44 German Championship medals[6]
  • 28 European Championship medals[6]

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