More 147 breaks have occurred in the UK Championship than in any other snooker tournament.
A ranking event since 1984 and in existence for seven years longer than that, this title has always been one of the most sought-after on the circuit.
So many of the sport’s most important figures have etched their names onto the trophy down through the years.
Ireland’s Patsy Fagan was the maiden winner in Blackpool all the way back in 1977 when the tournament was only open to those residing in the United Kingdom.
In 1984, it was opened up to any player on the professional Main Tour and upgraded to ranking event status, with most of the sport’s heaviest hitters claiming the title at some points in their careers since then.
Many of these stars have added to the tournament’s history even further with a contribution of a maximum break.
Indeed, the UK Championship has provided more 147 breaks in its history than any other event – including the World Snooker Championship.
The first of these maximum efforts occurred in 1987, which at the time counted as only the fourth competitive perfect knock in the sport.
Since then, there have been 19 UK Championship 147 breaks in total, including those that were made in the qualifying rounds, with the most recent occurring in 2021.
This year, there is unfortunately no prize available for the special feat other than the £15,000 that’s on offer for the highest break.
There was a similar scenario in the recent Champion of Champions, with Judd Trump airing his discontent after recording his seventh career 147 in the final against Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Even though the achievement happens more frequently these days, it continues to provide special memories for players and fans alike.
“In any tournament you should be rewarded for making a 147, whether it is money or some kind of other reward,” world number two Trump said after losing 10-6 to O’Sullivan in Bolton.
“It is such a special feeling and moment, you can tell by the way the crowd reacts and every maximum is special wherever it is.”
“In a big tournament the minimum should probably be around £10,000 to £15,000 mainly to incentivise the players to even go for them.
“It is good for the fans if they see them, and there is always good publicity for the tournament.”
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Back to today’s quiz, and you have six minutes to get all 19 answers on the list.
While some of the names are familiar, others are a little left field so getting 100% will be an impressive feat.
The question is, how many names in this list of the players who have compiled 147 breaks in the UK Championship can you get?
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