Trifling matters such as work, family and the real world should not be any impediment to enjoying the Betfred.com World Championship.
For those of you not lucky enough to have tickets for the Crucible there are many ways to follow the action.
The BBC is host broadcaster, as it has been for every Sheffield marathon. Hazel Irvine and Rishi Persad once again present its coverage with Steve Davis and John Parrott offering punditry and commentary from Willie Thorne, Dennis Taylor, John Virgo, Ken Doherty, Neal Foulds, Terry Griffiths and (for the first three days) Clive Everton.
There is daily coverage on BBC2 and it’s all live on the red button, although only one table is available on Freeview.
The matches are also live on the BBC website for those of you who live in the UK and this site will have news and features throughout the event.
Eurosport offers live coverage of both tables on both channels for much of the championship.
Joining the usual commentary team will be Alan ‘Angles’ McManus and Phil ‘Statto’ Yates.
All the matches can be watched live on the Eurosport Player and the Eurosport website will have plenty of news coverage and reaction.
The World Championship will also be screened live in China and various other outposts.
The internet has done much to add to the experience. Worldsnooker.com is the place to go for the official view, with match reports and player quotes, while Sporting Life will carry Press Association coverage.
I can highly recommend WWW Snooker for its wealth of information and there is also Global Snooker for news, results and comment.
I don’t have huge amounts of time for blogging during the tournament, although will post my thoughts each day, but there are, thankfully, a number of other blogs now offering news, opinion and general merriment.
Pro Snooker Blog goes from strength to strength and will be particularly useful when it comes to following the twists and turns of the rankings.
The best addition to the snooker blogosphere in the last year is Snooker Backer’s site, which offers betting tips but also irreverence and good natured discussion.
A word too for On Cue, another newish blog, and Snooker My Love, whose genuine passion for the game is a nice antidote to weary cynicism and sniping.
Forums such as The Snooker Forum and Snooker Island offer a place for discussion.
I’m sure I have forgotten various other sites, so apologies for that.
The great pity remains the paucity of player websites. There are some but I suspect fans would like rather more behind the scenes stuff from their favourite players.
The good news though is that several players are now signed up to Twitter, where there is a good snooker community also featuring commentators, officials and fans.
Among the players to follow are Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Mark Allen, Mark King, Stuart Bingham, Judd Trump and, yes, Ronnie O'Sullivan.
I will be posting a few fascinating facts myself. Apparently Stephen Fry is already worried his follower count will be overtaken.
Wherever you are and however you plan to follow the World Championship, I trust you will enjoy the greatest snooker show on earth.