In fact, it is possible to attain a break of 155 in snooker. Here's how.
Before any of the balls is potted, one of the players commits a foul
and leaves the other player snookered. This player then exercises the right to choose a free ball
, which he pots for one point. Then he pots the black
for seven points. At this point he has run up a break of 8 and still has 15 reds on the table
. He then pots 15 reds and 15 blacks (15*(1+7) = 120
) and all the colours
) to conclude his break of 155.
By the way, a break of 155 has never (to my knowledge) been done before in professional
snooker, primarily because it is highly unlikely
that a player would commit
a foul near the start of the game that leaves his opponent
snookered, especially as the full complement
of reds is on the table, and professional players would be skillful enough not to foul so badly so early in the frame