Thorsten Hohmann

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Thorsten Hohmann
Thorsten Hohmann2.jpg
Born (1979-07-14) July 14, 1979 (age 35)
Fulda, Germany
Sport country  Germany
Nickname The Hitman
Career winnings US$658,800 (estimated, as of early 2007)
Thorsten Hohmann
Medal record
Competitor for  Germany
Men's Nine-ball
World Games
Silver 2005 Duisburg Individual

Thorsten Hohmann (born 14 July 1979 in Fulda, Germany) is a German professional pool player, nicknamed "the Hitman." He has been described[who?] as having a steely demeanor, and being a very precise player.

Early life[edit]

Thorsten was born and raised in Fulda, Germany and at a very young age had always been interested in sports playing soccer, table tennis, and badminton. At the age of nine Thorsten's father took him to a local pool hall. On his 10th birthday Thorsten received a miniature pool table. By age twelve Thorsten and a friend began playing pool at a local pool hall. To try and save money Thorsten began paying a monthly fee to play at a local pool hall called Pool-Billiard Club Fulda. By age 16 he had won his first open adult tournament with 128 players in the State of Hessia.[1]

Germany-based career[edit]

Hohmann first made a name for himself in 2003 by winning the WPA World Nine-ball Championship at the expense of Alex Pagulayan, 17–10, becoming the third German to become World Champion after Oliver Ortmann (1995) and Ralf Souquet (1996).

Months later, reached the finals of the World Pool League but lost to Rodney Morris, 8–3.[2]

US-based career[edit]

In 2004, Hohmann signed on to be managed by US- and South Korea-based event promotions company Dragon Promotions, who transplanted the German-resident champion to Jacksonville, Florida, as a base of practice and preparation for US competitions. Hohmann then signed with Florida-based sponsors Lucasi Cues and Universal Smartshaft as their official representative and spokesperson. He remains a German citizen, but a US permanent resident. Thorsten has since been featured on the cover of many pool magazines.[clarification needed]

In 2004, Hohmann reached the finals of the US Open Nine-ball Championship. However, he lost to Gabe Owen, 3–11.

The year 2005 was his most successful to date as he dominated a number of tournaments, including the BCA Open Nine-ball Championship, the Sudden Death Seven-ball event[3] and the World Pool League.[4]

In 2006, he won the inaugural World Straight Pool Championship[5] by defeating Thomas Engert 200–80. Later, he defeated Marlon Manalo 8-7 to win the IPT North American Open Eight-ball Championship with a first prize of US$350K.[6] The IPT prize set a record as the largest first prize ever won in a pool tournament at that time. However, Efren Reyes beat the record shortly afterwards winning $500,000 in the 2006 IPT World Open Eight-ball Championship, the second major IPT event. But because IPT had financial difficulties, 200 players including Reyes were not able to collect their money thus Hohmann is still on record as the biggest purse winner in billiards history to actually get paid, as of early 2007.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Hohmann won the 2005 USA Sportsman of the Year for Pocket Billiards as well as the 2005 Best Dressed Player.[who?] Pool & Billiard magazine made Thorsten the cover feature for 2007[not specific enough to verify] and honored him as the 2006 Player of the Year.

Titles[edit]

  • 2003 WPA World 9-Ball Champion
  • 2003 New Jersey State 14.1 Champion
  • 2003 German 9-Ball Champion
  • 2005 BCA Open 9-Ball Championship
  • 2005 Sudden Death 7-Ball Champion
  • 2005 World Pool League Champion
  • 2005 Silver Medal World Games
  • 2006 World 14.1 Champion
  • 2006 IPT North American Open 8-Ball Champion
  • 2007 European 9-Ball Champion
  • 2008 Lucasi Hybrid 14.1 Champion
  • 2008 Accu-Stats 14.1 Invitational[7]
  • 2011 World 14.1 Champion[8]
  • 2013 World 14.1 Champion[8]
  • 2013 WPC World 9-Ball Champion
  • 2013 Maryland 14.1 Challenge Champion

Personal life[edit]

Thorsten spends most of his time traveling the world, but lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thorsten Biography". thorstenhohmann.com. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Morris Takes League Title". AzBilliards.com. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  3. ^ "Hohmann Sudden Death 7-ball Champion and Pelinga takes Trick Shot Magic Title". AzBilliards.com. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Hohmann wins World Pool League Title". AzBilliards.com. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  5. ^ [1][clarification needed]
  6. ^ [2][clarification needed]
  7. ^ {{cite web
    • 2008 Asian 10-Ball Champion
    • 2009 China Open Champion
    • 2010 All Japan Championships Champion
    • 2011 Philippine Open Champion
    • 2011 World 14.1 Tournament Champion
    • 2011 World Cup of Pool Champion
    |url=http://www.azbilliards.com/2000storya.php?id=5709 |title=Hohmann Rules Accu-Stats 14.1 Straight Pool Invitational |publisher=AzBilliards.com |date=September 8, 2008 |accessdate=2008-09-10 }}
  8. ^ a b http://www.azbilliards.com/tours_and_events/171-the-141-world-tournament/results/

http://pool.bz/content/234-thorsten-hohmann-wins-2011-philippine-open-pool-championships.html

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Preceded by
Earl Strickland
WPA Men's World Nine-ball Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Alex Pagulayan
Inaugural champion World Straight Pool Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Oliver Ortmann
Preceded by
Darren Appleton
WPA Men's World Nine-ball Champion
2013
Succeeded by
Niels Feijen