Ronnie O'Sullivan's hunt for the £1 million in the Home Nations snooker this season is over.

It came in the last 32 of the Northern Ireland Open as the 41-year-old Rocket fell to the 23-year-old Elliot Slessor, who performed the biggest win of his career to date.

Slessor said after he didn't go into the match with any expectations, he just wanted to enjoy the dream of playing snooker's box office legend the five-times World Champion the Rocket.

He joked after on Eurosport: "As Ronnie said, there's probably not as many numpties as he thinks there are.."

Slessor has beaten some top players in the past, including Champion Of Champions 2017 winner Shaun Murphy and his best so far in a ranking event has been the 2017 Indian Open.

No Full House for King

Last season Mark King (pictured) whittled off seven matches to claim his first ever ranking event in his 25 years as a pro.

But, this time in Belfast at the Northern Ireland Open 2017, the 43-year-old Essex cueist has been knocked out in the last 32 by talented teenager Yan Bingtao.

Bingtao, 17, who has been giving top pros a handful in recent weeks, including O'Sullivan compiled modest breaks of 79 and 51 to defeat the one-time ranking event winner King 4 - 1.

The Chinese teenager, who qualified last season for his debut at the Crucible, also reached his first ranking event semi-final weeks ago at the International Championship, where he trounced O'Sullivan in the earlier rounds.

King, who was revelling in his defending Champion status, saw off Billiard champion Matthew Bolton and Ashley Hugill in the first two rounds but fell at the third against Bingtao.

King's Triumph in 2016

Let's just remind ourselves of that incredible moment last season when King lifted his first ranking title in emotional circumstances.

It became known as one of the greatest moments in the History of the game, as a pro on the circuit for more than two decades had finally got his hands on some silverware.

He joined the winner's enclosure also followed by Anthony Hamilton, who also lifted a maiden title in the form of the German Masters in Berlin.

Hamilton will be in the same position in 2018 when the German Masters comes around.

That means there will be a new Northern Ireland Champion come Sunday and a new qualifier for the Champion of Champions.

O'Sullivan's run of more than 36 days of sublime snooker comes to an end, but he's banked in 38 days of snooker, a whopping £276,000 since the beginning of the English Open.

The next tournament for the Rocket will be the UK Championship next week, where he previously said in interviews he would like to match/beat Stephen Hendry's 18 major titles across the UK, World and Masters.

Currently, O'Sullivan has a record 7 Masters titles, 5 UK and 5 World titles, trailing by just one.

He is second on the all-time list of ranking titles with 30 to Hendry's 36.

Perhaps Barry Hearn should up the ante to £2 mill for the winner of all four Home Nations next season?

The drama continues in Belfast without Ronnie O'Sullivan.