How many 147 breaks in snooker have been made and who made them?

Ronnie O'Sullivan has hit 15 of the 147 breaks ever hit
Ronnie O'Sullivan has hit 15 of the 147 breaks ever hit

A look at the total number of 147 breaks ever scored in snooker history, who made them and videos of the best ones.

There have been 155 maximum breaks made in professional tournament snooker, with Steve Davis managing the first way back in 1982 and Ronnie O'Sullivan scoring the most with 15.

His maiden effort at the 1997 World Championship - in just five minutes 20 seconds - was undoubtedly the greatest of all time and you wonder if anyone will ever do it quicker.

The much lesser known David Gilbert hit the 147th maximum in the unfitting surroundings of a non televised Championship League event in January 2019 but if nothing else, it makes for a good pub quiz question.

Below we list all the 147 breaks in chronological order, the most prolific maximum scorers and a breakdown of how many have been hit year-by-year, but before then we've picked out some of our favourites - in no particular order - for you to watch.

Watch: Snooker's greatest 147 breaks

Ronnie O'Sullivan v Mick Price, 1997 World Championship first round

Ronnie O'Sullivan v Mark Selby, 2007 UK Championship semi-final

Ronnie O'Sullivan hit a 147 in the deciding frame against Mark Selby

Kirk Stevens v Jimmy White, 1984 Masters semi-final

Kirk Stevens hits a 147 against Jimmy White in the Masters

Cliff Thorburn v Terry Griffiths, 1983 World Championship second round

Cliff Thorburn's first ever Crucible maximum break

Steve Davis v John Spencer, 1982 Lada Classic quarter-finals

Steve Davis scores the first televised 147 in the Lada Classic

Stephen Hendry v Ronnie O’Sullivan, 1997 Charity Challenge final

Stephen Hendry managed a 147 against Ronnie O'Sullivan in 1997

Jimmy White v Tony Drago, 1992 World Championship first round

Jimmy White's 147 against Tony Drago at the Crucible

Ronnie O'Sullivan v Mark Williams, 2008 World Championship quarter-finals

Ronnie O'Sullivan scored his second Crucible 147 against Mark Williams

Stephen Hendry v Jimmy White, 1995 World Championship semi-finals

Stephen Hendry fired in a maximum against Jimmy White in 1995

9. Neil Robertson v Liang Wenbo, 2015 UK Championship final

Neil Robertson scored a 147 in the UK Championship final

10. John Higgins v Gerard Greene, 2018 Scottish Open third round

John Higgins scored a maximum break against Gerard Greene in the 2018 Scottish Open

Snooker's official 147 breaks in history

  1. Steve Davis - 1982 Lada Classic
  2. Cliff Thorburn - 1983 World Championship
  3. Kirk Stevens - 1984 Masters
  4. Willie Thorne - 1987 UK Championship
  5. Tony Meo - 1988 Matchroom League
  6. Alain Robidoux - 1988 European Open
  7. John Rea - 1989 Scottish Championship
  8. Cliff Thorburn - 1989 Matchroom League
  9. James Wattana - 1991 World Masters
  10. Peter Ebdon - 1991 Strachan Professional
  11. James Wattana - 1992 British Open
  12. Jimmy White - 1992 World Championship
  13. John Parrott - 1992 Matchroom League
  14. Stephen Hendry - 1992 Matchroom League
  15. Peter Ebdon - 1992 UK Championship
  16. David McDonnell - 1994 British Open
  17. Stephen Hendry - 1995 World Championship
  18. Stephen Hendry - 1995 UK Championship
  19. Stephen Hendry - 1997 Charity Challenge
  20. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 1997 World Championship
  21. James Wattana - 1997 China International Challenge
  22. Stephen Hendry - 1998 Premier League
  23. Adrian Gunnell - 1998 Thailand Masters Qualifiers
  24. Mehmet Husnu - 1998 China International Qualifiers
  25. Jason Prince - 1999 British Open Qualifiers
  26. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 1999 Welsh Open
  27. Stuart Bingham - 1999 UK Tour
  28. Nick Dyson - 1999 UK Tour
  29. Graeme Dott - 1999 British Open
  30. Stephen Hendry - 1999 British Open
  31. Barry Pinches - 1999 Welsh Open
  32. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 1999 Grand Prix
  33. Karl Burrows - 1999 B&H Championship
  34. Stephen Hendry - 1999 UK Championship
  35. John Higgins - 2000 Nations Cup
  36. John Higgins - 2000 Irish Masters
  37. Stephen Maguire - 2000 Scottish Open
  38. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 2000 Scottish Open
  39. Marco Fu - 2000 Scottish Masters
  40. David McLellan - 2000 B&H Championship
  41. Nick Dyson - 2000 UK Championship
  42. Stephen Hendry - 2001 Malta Grand Prix
  43. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 2001 LG Cup
  44. Shaun Murphy - 2001 B&H Championship
  45. Tony Drago - 2002 B&H Championship
  46. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 2003 World Championship
  47. John Higgins - 2003 LG Cup
  48. John Higgins - 2003 British Open
  49. John Higgins - 2004 Grand Prix
  50. David Gray - 2004 UK Championship
  51. Mark Williams - 2005 World Championship
  52. Stuart Bingham - 2005 Masters Qualifying
  53. Robert Milkins -2006 World Championship Qualifying
  54. Jamie Cope - 2006 Grand Prix
  55. Ding Junhui - 2007 Masters
  56. Andrew Higginson - 2007 Welsh Open
  57. Jamie Burnett - 2007 Grand Prix
  58. Tom Ford - 2007 Grand Prix
  59. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 2007 Northern Ireland Trophy
  60. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 2007 UK Championship
  61. Stephen Maguire - 2008 China Open
  62. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 2008 World Championship
  63. Ali Carter - 2008 World Championship
  64. Jamie Cope - 2008 Shanghai Masters
  65. Liang Wenbo - 2008 Bahrain Championship Qualifying
  66. Marcus Campbell - 2008 Bahrain Championship
  67. Ding Junhui - 2008 UK Championship
  68. Stephen Hendry - 2009 World Championship
  69. Mark Selby - 2009 Jiangsu Classic
  70. Neil Robertson - 2010 China Open
  71. Kurt Maflin - 2010 Players Tour Championship event one
  72. Barry Hawkins - 2010 Players Tour Championship event three
  73. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 2010 World Open
  74. Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon - 2010 Rüsselsheim Open
  75. Mark Williams - 2010 Rüsselsheim Open
  76. Rory McLeod - 2010 Prague Open
  77. Stephen Hendry - 2011 Welsh Open
  78. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 2011 Paul Hunter Classic
  79. Mike Dunn - 2011 German Masters
  80. David Gray - 2011 Players Tour Championship event ten
  81. Ricky Walden - 2011 Players Tour Championship event ten
  82. Matthew Stevens - 2011 Players Tour Championship event 12
  83. Ding Junhui - 2011 Players Tour Championship event 12
  84. Ding Junhui - 2011 Players Tour Championship event 11
  85. Jamie Cope - 2011 Players Tour Championship event 11
  86. Marco Fu - 2012 Haikou World Open Qualifiers
  87. Robert Milkins - 2012 World Championship Qualifiers
  88. Stephen Hendry - 2012 World Championship
  89. Stuart Bingham - 2012 Wuxi Classic
  90. Ken Doherty - 2012 Paul Hunter Classic
  91. John Higgins - 2012 Shanghai Masters
  92. Tom Ford - 2012 Bulgarian Open
  93. Andy Hicks - 2012 UK Championship Qualifiers
  94. Jack Lisowski - 2012 UK Championship Qualifiers
  95. John Higgins - 2012 UK Championship
  96. Kurt Maflin - 2012 Ravenscraig Open
  97. Ding Junhui - 2013 Players Championship
  98. Neil Robertson 2013 Wuxi Classic Qualifiers
  99. Judd Trump - 2013 Antwerp Open
  100. Mark Selby - 2013 UK Championship
  101. Dechawat Poomjaeng - 2013 German Masters Qualifying
  102. Gary Wilson - 2013 German Masters Qualifying
  103. Shaun Murphy - 2014 Championship League
  104. Shaun Murphy - 2014 Gdynia Open
  105. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 2014 Welsh Open
  106. Aditya Mehta - 2014 Paul Hunter Classic
  107. Ryan Day - 2014 Haining Open
  108. Shaun Murphy - 2014 Ruhr Open
  109. Ronnie O'Sullivan 2014 UK Championship
  110. Ben Woollaston - 2014 Lisbon Open
  111. Barry Hawkins - 2015 Championship League
  112. Marco Fu - 2015 Masters
  113. Judd Trump - 2015 German Masters
  114. David Gilbert - 2015 Championship League
  115. Neil Robertson - 2015 UK Championship
  116. Marco Fu - 2015 Gibraltar Open
  117. Ding Junhui - 2016 Welsh Open
  118. Fergal O'Brien - 2016 Championship League
  119. Thepchaiya Un-Nooh - 2016 Paul Hunter Classic
  120. Stephen Maguire - 2016 Shanghai Masters
  121. Shaun Murphy - 2016 European Masters Qualifying
  122. Alfie Burden - 2016 English Open
  123. John Higgins - 2016 Northern Ireland Open
  124. Mark Allen - 2016 UK Championship
  125. Ali Carter - 2017 German Masters qualifiers (December)
  126. Ross Muir - 2017 German Masters qualifiers (December)
  127. Mark Davis - 2017 Championship League
  128. Tom Ford - 2017 German Masters
  129. Mark Davis - 2017 Championship League
  130. Judd Trump - 2017 China Open
  131. Gary Wilson - 2017 World Championship qualifiers
  132. Liang Wenbo - 2017 English Open
  133. Kyren Wilson - 2017 International Championship
  134. Cao Yupeng - 2017 Scottish Open
  135. Martin Gould - 2018 Championship League
  136. Luca Brecel - 2018 Championship League
  137. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 2018 China Open
  138. Stuart Bingham - 2018 China Open
  139. Liang Wenbo - 2018 World Championship Qualifiers
  140. Michael Georgiou - 2018 Paul Hunter Classic
  141. Jamie Jones - 2018 Paul Hunter Classic
  142. Thepchaiya Un-Nooh - 2018 English Open
  143. Ronnie O'Sullivan - 2018 English Open
  144. Mark Selby - 2018 Champion of Champions
  145. John Higgins - 2018 Scottish Open
  146. Judd Trump - 2018 German Masters qualifiers
  147. David Gilbert - 2019 Championship League
  148. Neil Robertson - 2019 Welsh Open
  149. Noppon Saengkham - 2019 Welsh Open
  150. Zhou Yuelong - 2019 Indian Open
  151. Stuart Bingham - 2019 China Open
  152. Tom Ford - 2019 International Championship
  153. Tom Ford - 2019 English Open
  154. Stuart Bingham - 2019 Northern Ireland Open
  155. Barry Hawkins - 2019 UK Championship

Players who have made the most 147s

Players who have scored more than one

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan - 15
  • Stephen Hendry - 11
  • John Higgins - 9
  • Ding Junhui - 6
  • Stuart Bingham - 6
  • Shaun Murphy - 5
  • Tom Ford - 5
  • Judd Trump - 4
  • Marco Fu - 4
  • Neil Robertson - 4
  • Barry Hawkins - 3
  • James Wattana - 3
  • Jamie Cope - 3
  • Stephen Maguire - 3
  • Mark Selby - 3
  • Liang Wenbo - 3
  • Cliff Thorburn - 2
  • Peter Ebdon - 2
  • Nick Dyson - 2
  • Mark Williams - 2
  • David Gray - 2
  • Robert Milkins - 2
  • Kurt Maflin - 2
  • Ali Carter - 2
  • Mark Davis - 2
  • Gary Wilson - 2
  • David Gilbert - 2
  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh - 2

Official 147 occurrence year by year:

  • 1982: 1
  • 1983: 1
  • 1984: 1
  • 1987: 1
  • 1988: 2
  • 1989: 2
  • 1991: 2
  • 1992: 5
  • 1994: 1
  • 1995: 2
  • 1997: 3
  • 1998: 3
  • 1999: 10
  • 2000: 7
  • 2001: 3
  • 2002: 1
  • 2003: 3
  • 2004: 2
  • 2005: 2
  • 2006: 2
  • 2007: 6
  • 2008: 7
  • 2009: 2
  • 2010: 7
  • 2011: 9
  • 2012: 11
  • 2013: 6
  • 2014: 8
  • 2015: 6
  • 2016: 10
  • 2017: 8
  • 2018: 12
  • 2019: 4

TOTAL (so far): 150

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