Oh nooo for Un-Nooh after blowing $93,000 during a 147-attempt at Snooker Championship
What a heartbreak it must have been for Thai snooker player Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, who missed out on £44,000 ($93,413) at the final hurdle when he tried to complete a 147 maximum break at the UK Snooker Championship in York.
In snooker, a 147-break involves a player potting 15 reds and 15 blacks before finishing with the colours in order.
It is the most points a player can score in one visit to the table and many professional players go their entire career without making one — especially on television.
So when Un-Nooh missed the final black, after 35 consecutive pots, he cut a distraught figure.
There was to be another cruel twist to the tale.
It appeared that he did not know of the prize money at stake for a 147-game, until he was told by a journalist during an interview afterwards.
“44,000 pounds?” Un-Nooh said in disbelief.
“You should have told me before I potted the black ...”
To make matters worse, he eventually lost his encounter with Australian Neil Robertson by a 6-2 scoreline.
However, he can take consolation from the fact that he isn’t the first to botch a 147.
World No. 1 and 2014 world champion Mark Selby missed a similar black at the China Open in 2013, while Irishman Ken Doherty did the same in the final of the 2000 Masters against Matthew Stevens at Wembley.
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