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Highest snooker break
In snooker, a break is the total score achieved by a player in a single visit to the table. A player's proficiency at building big breaks, particularly century breaks (scores over 100), is widely used as a measure of the player's overall skill.
The highest possible break where fouls are not a factor is 147 (15 reds, 15 blacks and then the six colours). This is known as a maximum. However, if a player commits a foul stroke with all 15 reds still on the table, and snookers the opponent, the opponent may choose to hit any coloured ball as a free ball which is scored as a red. A break in excess of 147 will be achieved by potting that free ball and a colour, then all of the reds followed by blacks, then all colours. In this case, the highest possible break is 155 (16 "reds", 16 blacks).
At least three breaks in excess of 147 have been recorded. A 149 by Tony Drago in Norwood UK in 1998 is recorded by the Guinness Book of Records as the highest. In that match Drago was foul snookered and chose the brown as the free ball, to score one point. He then potted the brown again, for four more points, before potting 13 reds and 13 blacks, a red and a pink, a red and a blue, then all the colours. In October 2004, during qualifying for the UK Championship, Jamie Burnett achieved a 148 against Leo Fernandez , becoming the first player to achieve a break of more than 147 in a professional match.
Below is a list of official maximum 147 breaks made in competition.
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