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World Open: Ronnie O’Sullivan forced to complete 147 break

Ronnie O'Sullivan had to be persuaded to pot the black to secure a 147 break at the World Open in Glasgow — after learning there was no bonus prize for a maximum.

O’Sullivan shook hands with Mark King after potting the pink to take his break to 140 in the final frame of his quickfire 3-0 triumph.

It was left to referee Jan Verhaas to convinced the former world champion to finish off the 10th maximum of his career, putting him in pole position to claim the highest break prize of 'only' £4,000.

O'Sullivan said: “I wasn't going to pot the black because to make 147 and not really get a nice bonus was a bit disappointing because they are magical moments and they deserve magical bonuses.

“The ref played a guilt trip on me and said ‘Come on, do it for your fans.’ And I thought, ‘Okay, because I haven’t got long to play anyway, so I might as well go out on a high'.

“But I wasn’t going to pot it because four grand, once you’ve paid the taxes...”

When asked whether he needed the money, O’Sullivan responded: “Twenty-five (thousand) would have been nice so I could have gone on holiday.”

The world number six, who plays Jimmy White in the fourth round, claimed he would have been happy to make a break of 140.

“I got as much a kick out of doing that as I would have done making 147,” he added.

“It’s a great achievement to make a 140 and not pot the black. From the first red, I already thought I would make a 147.”

The 34-year-old has declared himself a fan of the shorter matches at the SECC in Glasgow, but reiterated that he does not have long left in the sport as he aims to spend more time with his two children.

“I think it’s a great format, but it doesn’t make me want to play the game any more or less,” he said.

“I'm still not enjoying playing. I don't see a long future for me playing. I've got to make a choice between seeing my children or not seeing as much of them and playing snooker. If it comes to it, my children come first.”

Meanwhile, Barry Hearn has claimed snooker would lead the way in tackling corruption in sport as he promised a “zero tolerance” approach at the launch of a new integrity unit.

The World Snooker chairman has proposed instant lifetime bans for anyone in the game caught breaching his new rule of “no betting on anything.”

Hearn has enlisted the help of former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Stevens, now chairman of Quest, industry leaders in tackling corruption in sport.

Stevens will co-operate with former force colleague David Douglas, who was brought in to lead the governing body's disciplinary committee in April after allegations were made against world number one John Higgins.

Hearn said. “We live in a world of temptation, we live in a world that requires education of the pitfalls of trusting other people, by being gullible or naive.

“From World Snooker and the Professional Darts Corporation, I promise anyone that watches that it will be cleaner than clean and anyone who breaches these rules, the punishment will be Draconian.”

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