A few things of interest from Portugal...
A sponsor has been announced in a new three-year deal. The World Series will be backed by Sportingbet.com.
The press turnout is encouraging. There are more journalists and photographers here than at some ranking tournaments this season.
One of them has come all the way from Belgium to report on Luca Brecel, whose popularity will help increase that of the game in that part of the world.
The crowds have been small so far although they are starting to slowly increase.
It's worth remembering that snooker is not a sport well known in Portugal. In fact, it's reckoned there are only three tables in the whole country.
But Eurosport's coverage can help it grow and, of course, having several of the world's best players here must be a plus.
Out on one of the main roads there is a huge billboard advertising the tournament with a picture of John Higgins - who'd have thought we'd ever see that in the Algarve?
One of the Portugese journalists told me Higgins is the third best known Scot in Portugal "after William Wallace and Sir Alex Ferguson."
As always he has been generous with his time, doing interviews and posing for pictures.
One Portugese newspaper has a two-page spread about the event in today's edition and, cleverly, printed the rules of the game for those new to it.
So there is a fair buzz around the place which organisers are hoping will translate into ticket sales, if not this year then next.
One slight change of plan: because the matches have been longer than anticipated, the games featuring Steve Davis and Ken Doherty will now take place tomorrow morning.