The Masters is snooker's leading non-ranking tournament and one of the most prestigious titles in the game.
Its prestige comes from the fact it is open only to the game's elite - the top 16 and, since 1990, two wildcards.
In the build-up to this year's event I will be posting my top three moments in the 34-year history of the tournament.
There were many to choose from and, therefore, many that did not make the cut.
So, in third place...
1984 – STEVENS MAKES 147
These days, maximum breaks are far more commonplace than in the 1980s, although this does not detract from the feat of making one.
It’s hard for those new to snooker to truly appreciate the sense of achievement in Steve Davis’s first TV 147 in 1982 or Cliff Thorburn’s first at the Crucible in 1983.
The same can be said for another Canadian, Kirk Stevens, and his maximum in his 1984 Masters semi-final against Jimmy White.
Kirk was the pin-up boy of the time and, in his all-white suit, resembled John Travolta’s character in Saturday Night Fever.
Wembley Conference Centre was packed for a Saturday afternoon semi-final between two of the game’s biggest crowd pullers.
They did not disappoint. Kirk’s break came in the ninth frame. It was technically one of the more difficult 147s because colours were off their spots and although, for example, Ronnie O’Sullivan’s at the Crucible in 1997 was a greater demonstration of pure skill, Kirk’s effort remains one of the very best.
This is because of the inherent drama of the moment, the fact it was only the third ever made on TV and the atmosphere inside snooker’s biggest venue.
At one point, the BBC commentator, Jack Karnehm, rather huffily suggests the audience should calm down so as not to put Kirk off.
Here’s an interesting fact you may not know: the actor Donald Sutherland was in London and got a ticket for the match. He arrived late and came into the arena just before the 147 frame. He had never seen snooker before and could not understand why everyone was up cheering at the end, presumably believing that this was just a run-of-the-mill frame.
It was anything but and, although his career came to a premature end due to his drug addiction, Kirk will always be remembered for this moment of magic.
Watch the end of the 147 break here.