Tuesday 20 March 2018

WATCH - Ronnie O'Sullivan suffers embarrassing face plant playing virtual-reality pool

Ronnie O'Sullivan proving that product testing isn't all just fun and games
Ronnie O'Sullivan proving that product testing isn't all just fun and games

Sean Gibson

Ronnie O'Sullivan has suffered an embarrassing moment while testing a new virtual-reality pool game.

As the video below shows all too clearly to spare the snooker legend's blushes, attempting to lean on the table while playing in VR is definitely not advisable.

Ronnie's subsequent fall will ensure the inclusion of an extra line in the instruction manual and may signal the end of The Rocket's brief career in virtual reality pool.

Showing the focus that has brought him 28 ranking titles in his career, the 40-year-old overlooked the more fundamental physical problem of the table not actually being real, as he bent to play a shot.

The law of gravity is no respecter of reputations even the size of Ronnie's and thus The Rocket fell awkwardly - undetonated - to the floor.

In the wake of such an accident we should spare virtual reality any condemnation; humans have had issues with gravity for years before the promulgation of this new technology.

And let's be honest, Ronnie's allowed a few slip-ups. He still holds the world record for the fastest-ever maximum break in snooker - 5 minutes and 20 seconds at the 1997 World Championships.

He's even been known to turn down a 147-break if he doesn't feel the prize is worthy enough.

This is how good Ronnie can be when there is a table to lean on:


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