Judd Trump says he expects to see lots of players go for a maximum break this week because of the huge cash sum on offer.
World Snooker’s rolling cash prize to make a 147 now stands at £40,000 – which is a bigger prize than becoming this year’s English Open runner-up .
The rolling prize goes up £5,000 every time a ranking tournament does not feature a 147. The last time a player made a maximum in a ranking event was Trump himself in last season’s China Open against Tiang Pengfei.
Should more than one player make a 147 during the tournament then the cash pot will be shared.
Speaking after his first round win over Robbie Williams, Trump said the huge money on offer would tempt many players to for a maximum when the opportunity presents itself.
He told Eurosport’s Andy Goldstein: “I think when it (the prize) gets to that kind of stage most players will go for it as it’s quite a big achievement.
“And considering the prize is as big as the runner up I think you will see a lot of people attempt it. Stuart Bingham on the table next to me had about three or four chances – it seemed every time I looked over he was in going for a max.”
Bingham came close making a maximum – potting 14 reds in a frame against Lee Walker – but missed out.
Highest breaks so far are a 144 from Jack Lisowski and a 143 from Trump.
Should no there be no maximum break this week, it will mean the next ranking event – the International Championship – will offer a total cash prize of £45,000 for a 147.