Ortmann has become the first European to ever win three World Championships (photos by JP Parmentier)
Clifton, New Jersey- Oliver Ortmann has made history once again. Germany's Ortmann cemented his pool legacy with a sound victory over World #1 Mika Immonen of Finland. This is his third World Championship title, which is a new record for Europeans. Previously only Mika Immonen (Finland) and Thorsten Hohmann (Germany) held two World Championship belts aside from Ortmann. The only other man to win three World Championships sanctioned by the WPA is USA's Earl Strickland. The Predator World Tournament of 14.1 was produced by Dragon Promotions and hosted by Breaker Billiards and owner Ricky Coren. This is the 70th edition of the straight pool event, making it the world's oldest tournament.
The World Tournament was played on beautiful Brunswick Gold Crown tables and using Simonis Cloth. The event started play on October 6,2010 and ended on October 11th. The greatest straight pool players from around the world arrived on USA's east coast again to New Jersey, and was vying in this prestigious event to win the coveted title of World Straight Pool Champion. The event was co-sponsored by Amsterdam Billiard Club, Master Chalk, Aramith Balls, www.Ultimate10ball.com, and Accu-Stats.
Earlier in the day, Ortmann defeated Netherland's Huidji See in the semi-finals 200 to 126. It was not a pretty match as neither player could get on a long run. Huidji had previously lost to Ortmann in the finals of the 2007 World Tournament. In the other semi-finals, Immonen cruised over former World 14.1 Champion Thorsten Hohmann 200 to 65. This would be Immonen's second consecutive finals at The World Tournament, and third final four appearance.
In the finals, the audience and players were informed in the announcements that history would be made today. One of the two remaining players would have a record three World Championship wins. In addition, Immonen could win his first 14.1 World title, or Ortmann could become the first non-American to win two World 14.1 titles.
"As Charlie was saying, this World Championship is very special to me. My mother is fighting cancer, but we all have mothers and we know sometimes this is part of life," said Ortmann still teary eyed." I just want to say Mika is one of the greatest in the world, and it is an honor to have this win."
"I think it's fitting Oliver has made history once again for Europeans. He was the first European to come over and make noise internationally with his win at the US Open 14.1 years ago, and now he completes a circle with a historic third World Championship. No doubt, he is one of the greatest ever. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame", said Williams.
How will this event impact Oliver's life?
"My mom's a real fighter. I guess that's where my killer instinct comes from. She told me you've done your job, and now I will do mine and beat this thing. I really wanted to win for her this week, to give her positive energy and hope."
Ortmann asks that the billiard world prays for his mother.
The 2010 Predator World Tournament is proudly sponsored by straight pool aficionados Dr.Louis Pannullo of NYC, Bill Austin of UT, Harold Siegel of NYC, Stu Mattana of NYC, and Badi Nazhat of Curacao. Other significant patrons include Dr.Michael Frank, and Ralph Rubin. Co-Contributors we like to recognize include Dennis Walsh, Bill Marapolus, Peter Burrows, Richard Klein, James Heller, and Jeff Mohl. For more information on player registration, sponsorship, or if you would like to submit a comment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Dragon Promotions at 1-407-782-4978.