Judd Trump and Ricky Walden are among the six players who have already booked their places in the final qualifying round of the World Championship.
Neither hung about. Trump demolished Joe Delaney 10-1 while Walden thumped Rod Lawler by the same score.
Both these young talents would enhance the televised stage but to get to the Crucible they must each beat a far more experienced opponent.
Trump faces Stephen Lee while Walden, looking for his Crucible debut, tackles Anthony Hamilton.
Rory McLeod, who lost in the final qualifying round last year, will provide the opposition for 2005 semi-finalist Ian McCulloch.
For Mark Williams to appear at the Crucible for a 13th consecutive year he must first beat Tom Ford, who came through despite a determined performance by Patrick Wallace.
Williams’s fellow former champion, Ken Doherty, needs to beat Gerard Greene to get through. The omens are good for the Dubliner: he beat Greene at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield – where the qualifiers are being staged – in the corresponding round of this season’s UK Championship.
Finally, what a great performance by young Daniel Wells, who has now won three matches 10-9.
His latest victory was over Marcus Campbell last night and has secured his place on the circuit for another season.
Wells must beat Barry Hawkins to get to the Crucible.