Well, almost because first we have to go through the qualifying rounds and then we'll have our yearly share of magical-played-at-the-Crucible snooker.
So from April 5 until April 15 the lads are going to cross their cues in order to win as many matches as possible and get a chance to live their Crucible dream. It's going to be tough and it's going to require real commitment and determination, but they are used to it, so bring on the first round of snooker!
Then, from April 21 the fun begins with the actual event - the World Championship. Back to the Crucible for no fewer than 17 days of pure cue action with the best of the best and la crème de la crème of snooker's players. It's the snooker treat we all have been craving for each year and it's so close that I can almost smell it.
1. World Championship (the qualifiers)
When?: 5 - 15 April
Where?: English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, UK
Who's playing?: click here for the draw.
Ranking points: -
Money prize: -
2. World Championship
When?: April 21 - May 7
Where?: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, UK
Defending champion: John Higgins.
Who's playing: click here for the draw.
Ranking points: winner (10,000), runner-up (8,000), losing semi-finalists (6,400), losing quarter-finalists (5,000), Last 16 (3,800), Last 32 (2,800 and 1,400*), Last 48 (2,300 and 1,150* ) and Last 64 (1,800 and 900*).
Money prize: winner (£250,000), runner-up (£125,000), losing semi-finalists (£52,000), losing quarter-finalists (£24,050), Last 16 (£16,000), Last 32 (£12,000), Last 48 (£8,200) and Last 64 (£4,600). There’s also a prize money for the highest TV-break (£10,000) and non-TV break (£1,000).
* seeded loser.