Played with six reds and the six colours, the tournament was first held in 20 but returned as a re-branded 'World Championship' a year later.
The 32 players will surely be taking it seriously with plenty of money on offer and the opportunity to gain some silverware in a packed schedule this campaign.
With live and on-demand content available anytime, fans can experience sport in the way that they enjoy best and access enhanced live features, such as additional feeds and camera angles.
Ryan Day, Anthony McGill, David Gilbert, and Martin Gould will similarly harbour hopes of going a long way.
The format is one of a variety of adaptations to conventional snooker events, simply removing nine reds from the standard 15 - the pod manager assigns position meaning frames become more streamlined and the highest possible break is reduced to just.