Ronnie O'Sullivan will compete in this season's Championship League regardless of whether or not he wins the Premier League.
The world no.1 will enter the event in group 2 next January. It is played down the road from his Chigwell home at Crondon Park Golf Club in Essex and shown free on the internet through various betting websites.
The first group sees world champion John Higgins, last season's CLS winner Judd Trump, Stephen Maguire, Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby, Ryan Day and Ali Carter do battle.
O'Sullivan joins the fray in the following group alongside Neil Robertson and Marco Fu.
Stephen Hendry, Mark Allen, Ding Junhui, Liang Wenbo and Steve Davis are among the players entering in the later groups.
The players will compete for a £200,000 total prize fund with a place in the Premier League up for grabs for the ultimate winner.
Unlike the last two years, all matches will be best of five frames so this time around a draw is not possible.
The action starts on January 4.