World Snooker have announced that, for the first time, there will be three wildcards for the Wembley Masters.
Quite rightly, Ding Jun Hui has been given a place, having won three world ranking events in the last 18 months.
Jimmy White, the darling of Wembley, is also given one. The third is going to the winner of the qualifying event.
This means that, for the first time, there are 19 players in the tournament.
Ding and White were the two obvious choices for wildcards, which have a dual function: to boost audience interest and reward achievement.
Otherwise, the Masters has always been a tournament for the elite and should remain so.
The only reason there was ever a qualifying event in the past was because the previous sponsors - B&H - understandably wanted to boost name penetration prior to the event.
Of course, the same could be said of SAGA, who have encouragingly signed on for three more years, but there is an established way players qualify for the Masters: they do well enough to become part of the top 16.
Last year, of the 78 players eligible to take part in the qualifying tournament, only 48 did. The widely held view is that it is only being staged to appease the voting membership, with the AGM just around the corner.
Whoever wins will, of course, have every right to enjoy their time at Wembley - with the tournament now being held at the Arena after the Conference Centre was earmarked for demolition as part of the stadium redevelopment - but are unlikely to do much for ticket sales.