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Ronnie O'Sullivan Controversially Scored A 146 On Purpose Because The Prize Money Was So Low

Ronnie O'Sullivan Controversially Scored A 146 On Purpose Because The Prize Money Was So Low

Ronnie O'Sullivan will go down in history as one of the all-time greats.

His talent on the snooker table is undisputable but for many, it's Ronnie's personality that brings in the crowds. For example, back in 2016, he made a point of purposely not scoring a 147 break to protest against the money bonus.

To understand the magnitude of the incident, you really need to understand how much skill is required to score a 147.

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You must pot all 15 reds with each one being followed by the black, which will land 120 points. Then you need the next 27 points to achieve a 'maximum' and after potting the yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and finally the black, you achieve the incredibly rare 147.

Given how hard it is to do, Ronnie has been known to take offence at the prize money for achieving it.

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Back in 2016, for example, at the Welsh Open, the winning prize for a 147 was £10,000 - an amount of money he found pretty insulting.

In a game against Barry Pinches, after having a bit of banter with the commentators regarding the prize, Ronnie decided to purposely pot a red, leaving the white behind the pink rather than the black.

To the surprise of the stunned audience, he sinked the pink - subsequently making his highest possible score 146.

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There's not much controversy in snooker and an awful lot of the time there's not much excitement. O'Sullivan, meanwhile, is the closest you can possibly get to rock 'n roll snooker.

Topics: Ronnie O'Sullivan, snooker

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Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.