The first Triple Crown event of 2023 sees snooker's elite compete for Masters glory at the Alexandra Palace, where Ronnie O'Sullivan has his eyes set on claiming a record-extending eighth win in the event.
Judd Trump, who won his sole Masters title in 2019, is 9/2 to lift the trophy, while three-time champion Mark Selby is a chance.
Next in the betting is this season's form man and UK Championship hero Mark Allen, who is 12/1, while Kyren Wilson is 16/1 for a first Masters title and John Higgins is for his third win at the event.
|What||The Masters 2023|
|Where||Alexandra Palace, London|
|When||Sunday 8th January - Sunday 15th January|
|How to watch||BBC or Eurosport|
|Odds||Ronnie O’Sullivan 10/3, Neil Robertson 4/1, Judd Trump 9/2, Mark Selby 7/1, Mark Allen 12/1, Kyren Wilson 16/1, John Higgins|
With 21 Triple Crown titles already to his name, O'Sullivan is rightly considered the greatest snooker player of all-time and the Rocket will again be hoping for lift-off at Alexandra Palace this year.
The reigning world champion will be chasing his eighth Masters crown this month and, after quarter-final exits in each of the last two renewals, he should have the motivation required to give it his all.
The world number one gets his Masters campaign underway against recent English Open runner-up Luca Brecel and has a decent draw to work with as Mark Williams or Dave Gilbert could be lying in wait.
The Rocket is a worthy favourite but he hasn't won the competition since 2017 and, being early in the calendar year, it isn't always a tournament that goes to form.
Robertson was in scintillating form as he won last year's Masters title, defeating O'Sullivan and Williams before an emphatic 10-4 win over Barry Hawkins in the final.
That was only a second win in the event for Robertson, who also stole the show in 2012, but things look tough for the Aussie in his title defence.
Robbo gets his tournament underway against Shaun Murphy, who has hinted at a return to form, before a potential quarter-final clash with Kyren Wilson.
A semi-final showdown with Trump could also be on the cards, highlighting the difficulty he is tasked with given he is still awaiting a first ranking-event success of the season.
Without a doubt Allen has been the player of the season so far with the rejuvenated Northern Irishman making three finals and taking two titles, including the UK Championship.
With a semi-final run and quarter-final appearance also on his card from just seven tournament outings this term, few should be writing off his chances.
The Pistol has also tasted some success in this event having claimed the title in 2018, although his last four visits have all ended in the first round.
That said, Allen appears to have a completely different mindset this year and, after winning the UK Championship in November, he should be fully focused on claiming the second of this season's Triple Crown events.
Selby finished 2022 in style as he won the final tournament of the year, the English Open, and the Jester from Leicester will be hoping to continue where he left off.
Selby had been hinting that a title triumph was around the corner with four quarter-final runs and one semi-final appearance from his first seven events of the season.
And the 39-year-old lived up to that promise when winning the English Open, where he outclassed Brecel in the final having also overcome Robertson, Murphy and Ali Carter.
A reproduction of that effort would make Selby a live contender for success at Ally Pally, where his opening opponent is stand-in Hossein Vafaei.
Vafaei defeated Selby at the UK Championship in November but expect roles to be reversed in the Masters. At , Selby should have plenty to offer, although a second-round clash with Higgins or Jack Lisowski looks thwarted with danger.
If O'Sullivan is to falter then perhaps Williams, another member of the Class of '92, could prosper.
The Welshman is a two-time Masters champion and although he hasn't won the event since 2003, there have been some encouraging signs this season.
Williams made the semi-final of the European Masters, as well as the quarter-final of the Northern Ireland and English Open, suggesting he is holding his form well.
A semi-finalist in this event last year, Williams also went on to make the final four at the World Championship in April, showing he still has plenty to offer the game despite his advancing years.
An opening-round match with an out-of-sorts Dave Gilbert looks very winnable and his likely quarter-final opponent O'Sullivan can be hit-and-miss, so he isn't discounted.