O'Sullivan shunned a maximum chance in Cardiff.

Ronnie O'Sullivan bemoans "cheap" prize money after passing up 147 opportunity

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Ronnie O'Sullivan claimed he passed up a 147 chance in his Welsh Open first-round match because he felt the £10,000 prize on offer is "too cheap".

In the final frame of his 4-1 win over Barry Pinches at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena, the five-time world champion was on course for the 14th maximum break of his career having potted 13 reds and blacks.

Off the 14th red, though, he played a simple positional shot onto the pink despite having made several audacious shots earlier in the break to return to the black.

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He duly cleared up for the more unusual feat of a 146 break and an imposing, but beatable, marker for the tournament high-break prize.

O'Sullivan left the arena with a broad grin and then told BBC Wales: "I could have got on the black and possibly made a 147.

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"I knew it was 10 grand and I just thought that's a bit too cheap really. To make a maxi, it's such a massive achievement and if they're going to pay us 10 grand, I think it's worth a bit more than that.

"Once the prize goes up a bit, I'll go for the 147. A 146 is just as good!"

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The prize for a 147 is calculated on a rollover basis, with £5,000 added to the pot in each tournament. Neil Robertson made the most recent maximum in December's UK Championship final, winning £44,000 including the £4,000 prize for the tournament high break.

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