Oliver Ortmann

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Ortmann at the European Pool Championship 2008 in Willingen

Oliver Ortmann (born 11 June 1967) is a German top professional pool player whose nickname is "The Machine". He is renowned not only as a World Champion in Nine-Ball but also in the resurgent discipline of 14.1 or straight pool. He was inducted into the Straight Pool Hall of Fame, during a ceremony in New York City, in August of 2013.

A native-born Hamburger, Ortmann is one of the most successful European players. He first came to prominence by defeating Steve Mizerak to win the 1989 US Open 14.1 Championship. In 1995, he became the WPA Men's Nine-ball World Champion.

Ortmann won the International Challenge of Champions in 1997. He won it for the second time, against the defending champion Francisco Bustamante, three years later

In 2004, Ortmann formed Ortmann Billiards, a company which sells pool products. Two years later he joined the International Pool Tour, and also continued competing in events sanctioned by other organizations.

Ortmann also won the 2007 WPA World Straight Pool Championship defeating Huidji See, 200-171 in the final match. During the tournament Ortmann made the third-highest run of the tournament, 131. He would win that same tournament in 2010 in defeating Mika Immonen.

Titles and Achievements[edit]

(1st places major events)

  • 2010 World Straight Pool Champion
  • 2007 World Straight Pool Champion
  • 2007 European Eight-ball Pool Champion
  • 2006 European Eight-ball Pool Champion
  • 2003 European Nine-ball Pool Champion
  • 2002 European Nine-ball Pool Champion
  • 2002 Mosconi Cup winning team captain
  • 2000 International Challenge of Champions Winner
  • 1999 European Nine-ball Pool Champion
  • 1998 Ultimate 9-Ball Challenge Champion
  • 1997 International Challenge of Champions Winner
  • 1996 European Nine-ball Pool Champion
  • 1996 European Eight-ball Pool Champion
  • 1995 World 9-Ball Champion
  • 1995 Mosconi Cup winning team captain
  • 1994 European Nine-ball Pool Champion
  • 1993 US Open Straight Pool Champion
  • 1993 European Nine-ball Pool Champion
  • 1989 US Open Straight Pool Champion

European Player of the Year 1990, 1993, 1996

  • 13 time European Tour Champion
  • 44 German Championship medals
  • 28 European Championship medals

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Preceded by
Takeshi Okumura
WPA Men's World Nine-ball Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Ralf Souquet
Preceded by
Thorsten Hohmann
WPA World Straight Pool Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Niels Feijen
Preceded by
Niels Feijen
WPA World Straight Pool Champion
2010
Incumbent