The Paul Hunter Classic is a huge event that allows players the chance to compete in a snooker-mad country and honour one of their own.
From a huge field of 180, there will be 34 main tour professionals competing in Furth, Germany over the next four days.
They include world champion John Higgins, Shaun Murphy, Stephen Maguire, Mark Selby, Ryan Day, Joe Perry, Mark King, Jimmy White, Ken Doherty and Ricky Walden.
There are 45 four man groups so an extraordinary amount of snooker will be played before the knockout phase.
The audience attendance at this tournament puts some of the main tour events to shame. I hope all the German fans enjoy the four days.
There's coverage at global-snooker.com.