For the many commenters wondering about how the ranking list would be presented, starter points etc...we now have an answer.
New professionals will receive 5,040 starter points, equal to the eighth placed player on the one-year list from last season not already on the tour.
Players who played on the tour in 2008/09 but not 2009/10 do not keep the points they earned in the first season.
The WPBSA has issued the first ranking list of the season WITHOUT the points for the first three tournaments of the 2008/09 campaign removed.
These will be removed at the first cut-off point in October.
The problem with this is that the list gives a misleading picture. As it stands right now, Ronnie O'Sullivan appears to be second in the rankings but, if you subtract the points that will come off in October, he is actually fourth.
This latter list is more representative of the true position - a bit like the provisional list we have been used to for years and years - and can be followed thanks to the excellent work undertaken at Pro Snooker Blog.
Perhaps the WPBSA should issue two lists: pre and post points deduction so that players and everyone else can follow the various movements.
Or maybe that would just confuse people even more.