Ronnie O'Sullivan opted against chasing a maximum 147 break at the Welsh Open on Monday, as the £10,000 prize money was not enough of an incentive.
Five-time world champion O'Sullivan potted 14 reds and 13 blacks in the fifth and final frame of his first-round victory over Barry Pinches, but then took an easier pink rather than attempting another black - having enquired about the reward on offer for a maximum.
O'Sullivan duly completed a break of 146 before telling BBC Sport: "I knew it was £10,000. If it had been more, I'd have gone for the 147."
The fee for a maximum rolls over at ranking events and has not been won since Neil Robertson made a 147 at last year's UK Championship.
O'Sullivan added: "I could have done it, but I didn't think the prize was worthy of a 147.
"To make a maxi, it's such a massive achievement and if they're going to pay us £10,000, I think it's worth a bit more than that.
"Once the prize goes up a bit, I'll go for the 147. Certain things have value and a 147 is a special moment. I want it to feel special all round.
"But the punters still got value for money today. Now they've got something more to look forward to. There's still room for improvement.
"You like to entertain your fans. It's like a film. You want them to come back and watch the next one. There is no point in giving them the best ending they've ever had. Leave room for a better ending next time."
The 40-year-old has recorded more ratified maximum breaks than any player in history.