11/8 for a 147 to be seen at Snooker World Championship
Many players dream of a 147 at the Crucible and it is 11/8 in the snooker betting that a maximum break is scored in the World Championships this year.
Maximum breaks have been compiled nine times at the Snooker World Championships in the past and they have become more frequent in recent years with three registered since 2008.
Stephen Hendry was responsible for the last of these two years ago, but given the nature of his first-round victory over Dominic Dale, Ronnie O’Sullivan may be the most likely to fire a 147 this year.
Despite threatening to pull out of the event before it started, O’Sullivan looked largely up for the showdown and comfortably moved into a meeting with Shaun Murphy in round two.
Not only did O’Sullivan beat Dale 10-2, but also compiled three century breaks in the process.
Most notable was the fact that he was on track towards registering a 147 in the seventh frame until missing the 13th red when set on 96.
However, it was the reaction upon missing the red that was most notable as O’Sullivan beat the table in frustration, which means that he certainly has the desire to record a fourth career maximum at the Crucible.
One of these came in 2008 against Mark Williams and was followed up a day later by Ali Carter when he recorded a 147 against Peter Ebdon.
This remains the only time in Crucible history that two maximums have been registered in the same tournament and it is 14/1 that two or more 147s are scored this year.
Hendry and Ding Junhui may also fancy their chances of a maximum after amassing two centuries in their opening round victories.
Alternatively, it is 4/7 in the snooker betting that this year’s tournament passes by without a 147 being hit.
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