Defending champion Mark Allen has been paired with Luca Brecel in the first round of the Dafabet Masters snooker draw.
Snooker’s biggest invitation tournament, to run from January 13 to 20, will once again take place at the Alexandra Palace in London
It’s an elite field with only the world’s top 16 players earning the chance to compete for the £200,000 top prize and famous Paul Hunter Trophy.
Northern Ireland’s Allen won the title for the first time last season, beating Kyren Wilson 10-7 in the final.
The “Pistol”, who is currently competing in the final of the UK Championship where the draw was made in York, starts the defence of his title against Brecel on the opening day.
Crowd favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan, who has won the Masters a record number of times, will start his bid for an eighth crown against Stuart Bingham on Monday January 14 at 1pm.
World Champion Mark Williams faces Neil Robertson, while Judd Trump will take on Kyren Wilson in a repeat of last season’s semi-final, which Wilson won 6-5.
The Masters snooker draw
Mark Allen v Luca Brecel – Sunday January 13 at 1pm
Ding Junhui v Jack Lisowski – Monday January 14 at 7pm
John Higgins v Ryan Day – Sunday January 13 at 7pm
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Stuart Bingham – Monday January 14 at 1pm
Mark Selby v Stephen Maguire – Wednesday January 16 at 7pm
Judd Trump v Kyren Wilson – Wednesday January 16 at 1pm
Barry Hawkins v Shaun Murphy – Tuesday January 15 at 7pm
Mark Williams v Neil Robertson – Tuesday January 15 at 1pm
QF1 (Allen / Brecel v Ding / Lisowksi): Thursday January 17 at 7pm
QF2 (Higgins / Day v O’Sullivan / Bingham): Thursday January 17 at 1pm
QF3 (Selby / Maguire v Trump / Wilson): Friday January 18 at 1pm
QF4 (Hawkins / Murphy v Williams / Robertson): Friday January 18 at 7pm
Televised by BBC and Eurosport, the Dafabet Masters is one of snooker’s Triple Crown events with a history dating back to 1975.
Tickets for most sessions are still available.
For details call 0871 620 7052 (calls cost 13p plus network access charges) or visit www.worldsnooker.com/tickets