It's finally time to get the boys on the baize, after weeks of anticipation.
Sheffield is set and the final touches are being made inside the great Crucible venue, because the World Championship is almost here.
We're sure to see it all. There will be sensational potting, big breaks, well-crafted safety and even a few flukes along the way. There will be scenes of joy, moments of disappointment and even controversy, no doubt.
Thirty-two fine players are preparing to play in the biggest tournament of the year and all that matters is winning.
Only one player will be left standing after 17 days of wall-to-wall snooker drama. It takes more than just ability to be crowned King of the Crucible.
Winning the World Championship is the biggest test for any player. You need bundles of talent, great bottle, patience and the ability to weather the storm when it's not going your way.
The Crucible experience is like none other. The longer matches create a slow-burning drama and add to the twists and turns of the tournament.
The cast is ready. Let's get the World Championship soap opera under way.