Four-times World Champion John Higgins has nicked £10K off Ryan Day by making the highest break of the tournament so far.

Higgins knocked in an amazing 146 in the Betfred World Snooker Championship [VIDEO] over the weekend against qualifier Jack Lisowski, and then gave Lisowski a 13 - 1 drubbing in the process to progress to the quarter-finals in Sheffield.

He beat Ryan Day's 145 by one point and the break is the fourth Crucible 146 and the 21st of professional snooker history.

Last year in the Championship, Ronnie O'Sullivan made a 146 against Ding and the other two players to have made a 146 are 2006 World Champion Graeme Dott and Masters Champion Mark Allen.

At the time of writing this, Higgins, 42, and Mark Williams, 43, are the only World Champions left in the event, from the Class of 92.

Masters Champion Mark Allen plays Kyren Wilson in the quarter-finals, a meeting that saw them lock horns in January in an emotional Masters final at the Alexandra Palace in London.

There have been ten 147's in Crucible history and the last one was made in 2012 by retired World Champion Stephen Hendry.

The only way the high break from Higgins can be beaten is if a maximum is made by the close of the event, which would see the player pick up an extra £40K for the maximum and £10K for the high break - a total of £50K for achieving the 36 perfect pots in snooker.

How a maximum is made

To make a maximum, a player must pot 15 reds and 15 blacks and all the colours in sequence to make the perfect break.

Higgins's 146 is his second, with Mark Allen, who has also made two and O'Sullivan, 42, has made three in total.

Higgin's highest break at Crucible

The 146 made by John Higgins is his highest break ever made at the Crucible. In 1998, he shared the high break of 143 with six-times World finalist Jimmy White, the year he won the World title, the first of four.

At the time of writing this, there have been 54 tons made in Sheffield, and if 75 is reached, there will be a £25K donation made to the World Snooker official charity, Jessie May.

Crucible tons have reached a record of 86 in 2015/16 of 86, but last year there were 74 tons made. The first 147 at the Crucible came in 1983 when Canada's Cliff Thorburn made one off a fluke.

Ronnie O'Sullivan has made three maximums at the venue and Mark Williams, still in the tournament this year made one in 2005. If Higgins or Williams get knocked out before the final, then there's guaranteed to be a new name on the trophy in 2018.

None of the other players in the likes of Judd Trump [VIDEO], Ricky Walden, Kyren Wilson, Mark Allen, Ding Junhui, have ever won the World title - despite reaching a World final.

Ding is looking to become the first Chinese player to win the World Championship and make snooker history. China's Liang Wenbo racked a 147 in World Championship qualifying at the English Institute of Sport and pocketed £11K - £10,000 for the maxi, and £1,000 for the high break.