Ronnie O'Sullivan names price to make 147 with £15,000 high break prize 'not enough'

November 16, 2022
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Don’t expect a maximum from Ronnie O’Sullivan this week (Picture: Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan says the high break prize would have to be as much as £50,000 for him to have a go at making a 147, asking what the point of going for it for any less would be.

The Rocket has made 15 maximums in professional competition over his career, but none since 2018 when he made one in the China Open and another in the English Open.

He has been involved in some 147 chat of late after Judd Trump made one against him in the Champion of Champions final and the Rocket did not get up to shake his hand.

The world champion has since claimed that was partly down to him finding making 147s so simple that he didn’t think to acknowledge it.

However easy they might be, though, we should not expect to see one from the Rocket at the UK Championship this week, as he does not reckon the £15,000 high break prize is worth the risk of playing on the black from every red.

‘What’s the prize for a max here? £15,000? Not enough,’ said O’Sullivan. ‘I’d probably go for it if it was £50,000 but for anything less than that then let somebody else have a go.  

‘I’m not that bothered for it. What’s the point? There’s no point taking the risk. I don’t need the money so if it’s going to be money then make it proper money and then I might go for it.’

O’Sullivan is into the last 16 in York where he will face Zhou Yuelong on Wednesday after beating Matthew Stevens in the last 32.

Earlier in the event he spoke out about the 147 incident against Trump, dismissing it as a problem, and even if it has drawn criticism, he doesn’t care.

‘It was a strange one, for me a 147, I get why people think it’s an amazing thing to do, but for me I don’t find it a difficult thing to do,’ he told Eurosport. ‘When I see someone else do it I just think it’s quite normal.

‘The most important thing going through my head was that I still had one more frame to play, it was 6-2, I was thinking I need to try and win this last frame.

‘I was probably in too much of a zone, if my concentration wasn’t so good maybe I’d have got caught up in it, I was just so focused on trying to be present, I was in my bubble really.

‘Then I was surprised that Judd actually went for a 147 because there was no prize for a 147, so I’m all about risk and reward, if you’re going to take the risk then there should be a reward.

‘I was shocked he went for it because he could have missed trying to get on the black.

‘It wasn’t a psychological thing, I don’t play psychological games, I’m all about pot all the balls, play good snooker and that’s the way it’s done.

‘It’s water off a duck’s back when it comes to criticism, it don’t do anything to me anymore.’

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