It appeared impossible that world number two Mark Selby would miss as he enjoyed a seemingly serene charge towards the fabled 147 in his China Open first-round match against Mark King.
But it was not quite meant to be.
The snooker maximum is not an event that occurs very often and the crowd were ready with their cameras and phones to record another moment of sporting history.
That is, until Selby dramatically missed the final ball costing himself £23,500 in the process - £3,500 for the highest break and a rolling prize of £20,000 for a televised 147.
The 'Jester from Leicester' sauntered through the reds and, despite a few tricky shots, negotiated his way through the colours, sinking superb pots on the blue and pink to set up a regulation black. But he inexplicably missed the final ball as it cannoned off the sides of the pocket, and he was left one agonising ball short of the maximum break.
Selby did not take it too badly, looking over to check that his wife was not angry at missing out on the hefty cash prize, but the pair both broke into laughter as the crowd cheered. He later went on to win the match 5-1.
With over £1.5 million in career earnings to his name, it perhaps explains his nonchalant reaction, although he might not have been so cheerful had the jackpot been £160,000, as it was when Ronnie O'Sullivan fired in a 147 at the 1997 World Championships.