Today promises to be fascinating as the 16 qualifiers for the Royal London Watches Grand Prix are finally known.

Here at Pontin’s, we have spent many an hour staring at the possibilities and all we have is a headache rather than a clear idea as to what will happen.

Jimmy White is out – we think, although there are scenarios being put forward that involve him going through in a one-frame shootout.

What we can say for sure is that the young players, used to this quickfire format, have fared the best.

The definite qualifiers so far are Judd Trump, Ben Woollaston, Issara Kachaiwong, Mark Allen, Jamie Cope and Liang Wenbo: all young, all good for the final stages where television debuts await for three of them.

Best of fives seem too short for many players here, but nobody can deny it’s exciting. And today it will get even more exciting as the qualifiers come down to the wire.

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