There are five players appearing in the final qualifying round of the Betfred.com World Championship who have never played at the Crucible.
They are Adrian Gunnell, Tom Ford, David Morris, Anda Zhang and Mark Joyce.
Two others, Jimmy Michie and Rod Lawler, have not played there since 1996 and either would set a new record for the longest amount of time between first and second appearances were they to qualify.
Three former champions – Steve Davis, Ken Doherty and Graeme Dott – will be action as will twice runner-up Matthew Stevens.
The next three days is where it gets really serious. The difference between winning and losing is the difference between taking part in the greatest snooker show on earth or having to watch it on TV at home.
It will also be vital to the various machinations of the provisional ranking list.
I’ll be blogging from the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, posting updates throughout the three days.
I will also be posting updates on Twitter.
It promises to be a nerve-wracking three days.