Video: Ronnie O'Sullivan declines chance for 147 over £10k prizemoney and shoots a 146
Ronnie O'Sullivan claimed he passed up a 147 chance in his Welsh Open first-round match because he felt the £10,000 prize on offer is "too cheap".
In the final frame of his 4-1 win over Barry Pinches at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena, the five-time world champion was on course for the 14th maximum break of his career having potted 13 reds and blacks.
Off the 14th red, though, he played a simple positional shot onto the pink despite having made several audacious shots earlier in the break to return to the black.
He duly cleared up for the more unusual feat of a 146 break and an imposing, but beatable, marker for the tournament high-break prize.
O'Sullivan left the arena with a broad grin and then told BBC Wales: "I could have got on the black and possibly made a 147.
"I knew it was 10 grand and I just thought that's a bit too cheap really. To make a maxi, it's such a massive achievement and if they're going to pay us 10 grand, I think it's worth a bit more than that.
"Once the prize goes up a bit, I'll go for the 147. A 146 is just as good!"
The prize for a 147 is calculated on a rollover basis, with £5,000 added to the pot in each tournament. Neil Robertson made the most recent maximum in December's UK Championship final, winning £44,000 including the £4,000 prize for the tournament high break.
Watch his break below:
His decision has sparked a lot of reaction on social media:
Ronnie O'Sullivan refusing a 147 again because of the prize money! The bloke literally doesn't give a shit— Scott Parkinson (@ScottParko) February 15, 2016
Ronnie O'Sullivan just deliberately avoided a max 147 break and hit a 146 because the prize money was 'only' 10K. https://t.co/yIATevIhyF— thepunterspage.com (@ThePuntersPage) February 15, 2016
Ronnie O'Sullivan has just turned down a 147, simply because the bonus prize at the Welsh Open didn't please him pic.twitter.com/HHIXC20BBU— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) February 15, 2016
Ronnie O'Sullivan was on a 147, asked the ref what the prize money was got told it was 10k so he didn't bother with it, got a 146 instead— Graham Smith (@GrahamSmithh) February 15, 2016
Ronnie O'Sullivan decides not to go for the 147 as the prize money was too low... Settles for a 146... 'The boy's a genius' #WelshOpen #146— Jack Wain (@jawain04) February 15, 2016