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Florian Kohler
Born July 10, 1988 (1988-07-10) (age 33)
France
Other names Venom
Occupation Professional artistic pool player, owner of Venom Trickshots Corp.

Florian "Venom" Kohler (born July 10, 1988) is a pool trick shot player, particularly known for his massé shots.

Career

Growing up in eastern France, Kohler did not start playing pool until the age of 18, when he received a 6-foot pool table as a birthday gift from his parents. Kohler started watching exhibition videos online and trying to imitate shots in them. His influences include Mike Massey and Semih Sayginer.

He began experimenting with his own versions of trick shots, and eventually developed many new concepts, such as ball jumping, massé-ing with multiple cues simultaneously, executing jump and massé shots on moving balls, and executing very high jumps. He has set a record for highest jump shot on a moving ball, at 34 inches (86 centimeters).

Kohler assisted in the development of the Mezz massé cue, which is specially designed to execute trick shots.

APA announced they would be sponsoring Florian Kholer and he would be an official spokesperson for APA on April 28, 2014 at their Annual League Operator Convention in Las Vegas.

In mid 2019 he and his wife became league operators for the APA Las Vegas Division.

Kohler currently has 6 Guinness world records:

  1. playing with the longest usable pool cue (17 ft 7.4 in)
  2. most pool balls potted into the middle pocket over an obstacle in one minute
  3. highest jump pot of a billiard ball
  4. fastest time to jump pot 15 pool balls on a US table
  5. fastest time to jump pot 15 pool balls (one-handed)
  6. longest duration to spin a billiard ball

The most pool balls potted into the middle pocket over an obstacle in one minute record was aired on Guinness World Records Italian Show (Ep 28) where he competed for the record against Stefano Pelinga. Stefano managed to pocket 35 balls in 1 minute and Kholer managed a whopping 68, setting a record. Kohler then went on to beat his own record of 68 by pocketing 70. On December 16, 2018 he broke his own record again at Las Vegas with an astounding 75 balls.

Collaborations

Kohler has been featured on Dude Perfect's "Pool Trick Shots" 1 and 2 alongside Dude Perfect

Other athletic abilities

Kohler has stated that he is a black belt in judo.

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