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Ronnie O’Sullivan: “The Mozart of snooker”

Ronnie O’Sullivan: “The Mozart of snooker”

Snooker legend Steve Davis has hailed five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan as “the Mozart of snooker&r... Read more

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Saturday, 13 June 2015


A Tribute to Willie Thorne and the Break Builders

Willie Thorne, the snooker pro who made a career out of building big breaks, has revealed that he's battling prostate ca... Read more

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

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Willie Thorne, the snooker pro who made a career out of building big breaks, has revealed that he's battling prostate cancer. After recently appearing on British TV to explain how he's now getting his life back on track with regards to his finances, the multiple-time champion has since revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer.

by  OliverC999 

Widely reported by mainstream media outlets in the UK, the news is now spreading through the snooker community and, as expected, a wave of well wishes aren't far behind. According to reports, Thorne was sent for a routine blood test by his psychiatrist and was told a few days later that his sample contained traces of cancer.

A few tests later and the result was a positive diagnosis for prostate cancer. Following the news, Throne told reporters that he is scared but determined to fight the disease. For now the snooker legend's health is being monitored by doctors pending more scans and biopsies.

As yet it's too early to tell how Throne's condition will change, one thing that is certain is how well loved he is in the community and the positive support he'll receive in the coming months. As a tribute to Throne and his ability to score more centuries and 147 breaks than almost any other pro, we've decided to breakdown the perfect maximum.

Throne has long been described as the bridge between aggressive play and defensive potting and that's the reason he was able to build so many impressive breaks during his playing career. Using his style as a guide along, with the maths behind the situation, we've got the answer to making the perfect 147.

The Basics

by eriwst

To hit a maximum break in snooker you need to pot every red, followed by the black before clearing the table during a single frame. Doing this results in a maximum score of 147. Of course, it's possible to score more than this if you force your opponent into making a mistake. However, for the purposes of the record books and the bookmakers such as betfair that accept bets on snooker, a pure 147 can only be scored without any fouls.

The Numbers

All 147s aren't created equal. Although the record books will always show the end result as 147, the route you take to the top can determine how the break is viewed by your peers. As it stands, Ronnie O'Sullivan holds the title of "most impressive maximum" thanks to a frame of snooker that lasted just five minutes and 20 seconds (320 seconds).

Executed in front of millions during the 1997 World Championship in Sheffield, the frame not only netted the young O'Sullivan £165,000 (£147,000 for the maximum + £18,000 for hitting the highest break), but earned him a place in history as the fastest 147 shooter in history (he even said he'd quit playing snooker after achieving perfection).

Of course, to perform the perfect round of snooker the player needs an element of luck on their side and there's no doubt O'Sullivan had that on the day. However, his feat was highly impressive; especially when you look at the stats:

• Time taken: 320 seconds
• Shots played: 36
• Average time per shot: 8.8 seconds
• Amount of money won: £165,000
• Earnings per second: £515.63
• Earnings per shot: £4,583.33

The History Books

by Ben Sutherland

While there's no doubt that O'Sullivan's break was the most impressive ever seen, he's not the only one to clear the table in a flash on the world stage. Over the years, some of the finest shooters have notched up maximums in super quick time:

• Ronnie O'Sullivan - 6 minutes 30 seconds
• Tony Drago - 7 minutes 29 seconds
• Michael Leslie - 7 minutes and 6 seconds
• Jimmy White - 9 minutes 32 seconds
• Stephen Hendry - 10 minutes 36 seconds

As stunning as these shooters have been, will anyone ever beat O'Sullivan's record? For many statisticians, bookmakers and fans, the chances of beating 5 minutes 20 seconds are slim. Averaging less than 8 seconds a shot isn't something many people can do without the stars aligning in their favour. O'Sullivan was able to shoot the perfect round because the balls moved in exactly the right way during every second of the frame.

Without the balls playing ball, the chances of beating the current record are slim. Can it be done? Certainly, but very few would actually bet on it.

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