John Higgins, Mark Selby and Ding Junhui have not entered the Bahrain Championship following the clash of dates with the Partypoker.com Premier League.
They had little choice. They signed contracts to play in the Premier League months ago but their absence is obviously bad news for the new ranking event and will harm their ranking positions.
However, it’s good news for Matthew Stevens, Jamie Cope and Ken Doherty as they are seeded through to the venue.
The tournament will be broadcast live on Eurosport from November 8-15.