Mark Selby had only made one professional 147 maximum break in his distinguished career before, at the final stages of the 2009 Jiangsu Classic in China. He almost came close to a second a few months ago at the China Open, but missed the final black.
Today in the 7th frame of his Williamhill.com UK Championship semi-final against Ricky Walden he held his nerve and completed an amazing total clearance which included a brilliant position shot around the table from brown to blue then slotting the final black in to the middle pocket from a tough angle to complete the feat.
Mark Selby, architect of the 100th official 147 break.
What make's Selby's 147 so special is that it is officially the 100th professionally recorded maximum break in Snooker, the first of course being Steve Davis's at the 1982 Lada Classic almost 30 years ago.
For this historic achievement, Selby gets the current rolling maximum prize, plus the high break prize for a total of £59,000 unless this is beaten before the end of the UK Championship tomorrow.
After making the 147, Selby won the final frame of the session to take a 6-2 lead against Walden and just needs three more frames tonight to join Neil Robertson in the final.
The record making break is viewable in it's entirety below, enjoy!
Although Selby won the first two frames of tonight's session to go 8-2 up, Walden fought hard and pulled the match back to 8-5 with top breaks of 50, 62 and 85. However Selby was not to be deterred and grasped victory with a brilliant 129 to win the match 9-8. He faces Neil Robertson in tomorrow's final.