Qualifiers - November 22nd 2011
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Mike Dunn is one of pro snooker's seasoned campaigners having been on the tour since 1991 but the Twitter funnyman's first professional maximum break has alluded him ever since.
He put that right today by hitting the magical 147 break in his fourth frame against Kurt Maflin and to put a cherry on the top he went on to win the next frame to win the match 5-0 against the player from Norway.
What makes this maximum even more special is that Mike has been struggling for form this season and even had an operation to remove kidney stones recently. Let's hope that he goes on and wins his next two matches to qualify for the televised stages in Berlin, it would be an appropriate reward.
Usually 147 breaks have a financial reward but as this was in a qualifier (main stages of the German Masters rewards £5,000 for a maximum) it doesn't look like he will be getting any prize money for this magical moment. Shame really but at least he will get a pair of 147 cufflinks at the World Snooker awards next year and the honor to be amongst some of the elite players to make the top break.
UPDATE: Confirmation from Mike Dunn on Twitter that he did get the £3,500. Apperently he will be buying himself a new car as a late birthday present, well deserved! Means the prize for a 147 at PTC10 next week has started back at £500.
"Confirmed from the Wsa chairman, I will get the Pr-Tv 147 roll over Prize :D"
See the full draw and results for the German Masters qualifiers here.