Kyren Wilson had the Crucible crowd in stitches after pretending to go for a pink while on a 147-break.
Wilson, 30, found himself on the verge of a maximum break in the final frame of the evening session against Stuart Bingham. The Warrior had potted 12 reds and 11 blacks when a poor positional shot left him with a tricky pot on the 12th black.
As Wilson eyed up his options, he feigned to go for the pink, which would have ruined the chance of a 147. Eurosport commentator Dominic Dale fell hook, line and sinker for the potter's ploy, saying: "He's playing the pink" as he lined up the shot.
As Dale realised what Wilson was up to, the Crucible crowd burst into laughter and applause. Even Bingham, his opponent, raised a smile as he sat and waited for the Kettering man to take his shot.
"I honestly thought for a moment he didn't realise he was on a maximum," a fooled Dale claimed in the commentary box. Despite his tension-breaking joke, Wilson lined up the tricky black and duly potted it to make it 96 points from a possible 96.
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But that's where his 147 attempt came to an end as he missed a difficult red with the very next shot. Wilson slumped to the table as the red hit the jaws of the pocket and came back out, and the white skidded up the table.
Despite failing to record what would have been only the 12th maximum break in Crucible history, Wilson still did enough to win the frame and draw himself level with Bingham at 8-8.
The two men will continue their battle on Monday afternoon, with the winner going on to face either Judd Trump or Anthony McGill in the quarter-finals.
Trump leads the Scotsman 10-6 ahead of the resumption of the match on Monday evening.