The latest World Series event in Warsaw, Poland at the weekend once again drew huge crowds and proved the popularity of snooker on mainland Europe.
As in Berlin in July, the audience was not only enthusiastic but also fair to all players.
It was obvious they were genuinely excited to see top class snooker close up.
Ding Junhui produced a vintage 64 clearance to win the last frame of the final and beat Ken Doherty 6-4.
His shot from pink to black was, under the circumstances, probably the best of the tournament.
It was good to see him smiling again. Freed from the pressures of ranking points he produced some great snooker over the weekend, particularly during his 5-1 semi-final victory over Steve Davis.
Hopefully he can use this as a springboard for the rest of the season. He is surely too good not to win another ranking title very soon.