And so to the second round of the Betfred.com World Championship, which looks likely to feature 12 of the world's top 16 ranked players.
There are some terrific clashes ahead: Ronnie O'Sullivan v Mark Williams, Mark Selby v Stephen Hendry and Ding Junhui against, it would appear, Shaun Murphy.
Tonight John Higgins continues his title defence against Steve Davis. Few will give Davis much of a chance, just as they didn't when they met at the same stage ten years ago.
On that occasion, Davis made a superb late rally but was beaten 13-11.
Mark Allen, a semi-finalist last year, has the scoring power to get past Mark Davis, who yesterday secured only his second Crucible victory -15 years after his first - in beating Ryan Day 10-8.
Allen is a live contender for the title. His would be a fitting victory 25 years after another Northern Irishman, Dennis Taylor, captured the title.
It's a bit early, though, to start thinking of that. It's only day six of 17, after all.