tenderlovemaking: People saying Ronnie is a dick for this, the £10,000 is a rolling prize fund. This wasn’t him throwing a strop and refusing to get the 147 because he wanted more for himself, this was him wanting to let the prize money build up a bit more so it would be a bigger prize for whoever next gets a 147. He gives his reasoning here http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/35581281
Mafek: Fair play to him I say. The prize had previously been £147,000.
Getting a 147 in competitive play is a massive achievement, I realise maybe the money isn’t in the game to keep offering huge prizes for the feat but £10,000 seems a bit stingy.
gagreel: The thumbnail makes Ronnie look like a 70s Star Wars imperial officer
Da_Kahuna: >At the Welsh Open, O’Sullivan defeated Barry Pinches 4–1 in the first round. In the fifth frame of the match, O’Sullivan declined the opportunity to make a maximum break, potting the pink off the penultimate red and completing a break of 146. He stated afterward that the prize money of £10,000 was not worthy of a 147. World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn called the decision “unacceptable” and “disrespectful”
Meanwhile the people putting up the unclaimed £10,000 called the decision admirable, deeply respectful of Mr O’Sullivan’s values, and one all players should follow
Talithin: [Here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLBDuWvcy7U) is a video of the frame.
rub10ut: There was a great profile of Ronnie in the New Yorker a few years ago, it’s well worth a read.
EDIT: “years” everyone happy now? Lol
LETS_SEE_YOUR_TITS: There have been other times where people have talked him into the 147 for the crowd because it is a rare thing to see. Ronnie is a legend.
TalkingBackAgain: Imagine being that good that you can choose to do that when you want to.
There’s tons of people who consider making a 147 a fantastic achievement. Let alone one every year. Let alone one every tournament. Let alone when they want to.
And then have the stones to say ‘this prize money is for suckers, I’m not doing it’ and score max.score -1 just to drive the point home.
I’ve even seen a ref ask him to be nice and pot the last ball [wouldn’t matter one way or the other for the frame], just to please the crowd.
The guy is scary good.
YNot1989: Oh and that’s a bad miss.
the_dove_from_above: People have never heard of snooker
coldaemon: Hell of a snooker player, has always been a bit of a dick though
drawable: In 2010 he had Jan Verhass (the referee) convince him to sink the final black for the maximum because he didn’t want to for only 4,000.
kippersmoker: Obligatory [Fastest Maximum linky](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D2rFMPN9js)
Ronnie is a Snooker Genius (with a capital G). IMO his problem is that when his mind is elsewhere he doesn’t try to hide it and can across disrespectful to the game sometimes – but he doesn’t mean disrespect, he just speaks his mind without a filter.
just_some_guy65: Another interesting fact about the man is that he is a very decent distance runner, not the usual “celebrity who runs a bit” but a serious club runner.
dunemafia: [His interviews are fuckin’ amazing](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCUmleiI6g4)
TheRotundHobo: The man’s a genius, another exert from his Wikipedia page:
When he first displayed this left-handed ability in the 1996 World Championship against Alain Robidoux, the Canadian accused him of disrespect. He was summoned to a disciplinary hearing in response to Robidoux’s formal complaint, where he had to prove that he could play to a high level with his left hand. He played three frames of snooker against former world championship runner-up Rex Williams, winning all three. The charge of bringing the game into disrepute was subsequently dropped.
Cindernubblebutt: “When you’re good at something, never do it for free.”
HappySoda: ITT: People thinking the £10,000 is for winning the tournament, instead of just for getting a 147
twirstn: I hate when I see something about Ronnie because I know I’m just going to end up watching snooker highlights and still have no clue what’s going on. Ronnie is just so much fun to watch.
NotBobRoss_: Is snooker the sport with the classiest dressed players?
I think it might be.
sonictrash: A friend of mine wrote a fascinating profile of Ronnie O’Sullivan for The New Yorker if anyone’s interested: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/30/follow-the-white-ball
SouthSouthLondon: Badman Ronnie
RugBurnDogDick: You’ve got to love Ronnie
internalhippy: I was first introduced to this man on Top Gear UK! He did a fun little challenge and won without missing a single hole. I was impressed.
rbobby: Professional snooker can be such a grind… it can, from time to time, take the fun out of playing the game. Look at that grin on his face after he takes the pink… so much enjoyment there. Hard to be upset with that.
Underthekilt: His world record for the fastest 147 still blows my mind
Bingoz: Also from this page: When he first displayed this left-handed ability ( he is ambidextrous) in the 1996 World Championship against Alain Robidoux, the Canadian accused him of disrespect. He was summoned to a disciplinary hearing in response to Robidoux’s formal complaint, where he had to prove that he could play to a high level with his left hand. He played three frames of snooker against former world championship runner-up Rex Williams, winning all three. The charge of bringing the game into disrepute was subsequently dropped.
unlimited2k: [Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Shaun Murphy | FINAL Champion Of Champions Snooker 2017 Live right now]
brianfantastic: Ronnie is so fucking rock and roll.
marmaladeontoast: I’d watch a lot more snooker if Mitchell and Webb commentated it
up48: I heard he had a Bhunai in the middle of a match and then went on to win.
The only person who can beat Ronnie O’Sullivan is Ronnie O’Sullivan.