Shaun Murphy became the first player to make a 147 in the BetVictor Shoot Out, scoring the sensational maximum in his opening match against Bulcsu Revesz.
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European Under-18 champion Revesz, age 16, travelled from Hungary to Swansea for this event and played just one shot, the break off, then had to sit and watch as his opponent potted 15 reds with blacks and added the colours for a landmark maximum. There were several tough shots towards the end including a difficult pot on the third-last red to a baulk corner, but the Magician made every ball disappear.
The break is extraordinary given this event’s unique format with a shot clock of 15 seconds for the first five minutes and ten seconds for the last five. The Shoot Out has been running since 2011 and previously there had been just 27 centuries in 12 years, the highest a 142 from Mark Allen.
It’s the eighth 147 of Murphy’s career, bringing him level with Judd Trump. Only four players have made more – Ronnie O’Sullivan (15), John Higgins (12), Stephen Hendry (11) and Stuart Bingham (nine). It’s the 194th official maximum in snooker history and fifth of the season, and it will earn Murphy the £5,000 tournament high break prize unless it is equalled.
“Sometimes you spot a chance to make a 147 early and I was trying from the very first shot,” said world number seven Murphy, who goes into the random draw for the last 64 which will take place on Thursday evening. “That’s one of the best maximum I have ever made, I’m buzzing. Once I had split the pack I knew it was a good chance. On 96 I played for the difficult red, and after that every ball I hit went in the middle of the pocket.
“At exhibitions I am always trying to interact with the crowd, so I embrace this event. This is showbusiness and we have to entertain the people who have paid money to watch us. I am going to enjoy this and celebrate tonight because 147s are very rare in any format.”