Following Ronnie O'Sullivan's win in the World Championship, it's now the turn of the seniors and Welsh duo Lee Walker and Philip Williams started the tournament brightly.
With round one of the event hosting best-of-five matches, 46-year-old Lee Walker was the first in action, and he raced to a 3-0 win over two-time ranking event winner Tony Knowles.
After claiming the opening frame on the pink, Walker made runs of 66 in the following two frames to round off the win.
Walker, a former world professional championship quarter-finalist now progresses to the last 16 where he'll face seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry.
Next up was Walker's Welsh compatriot Philip Williams, who faced Canada's Bob Chaperon on the opening night.
Williams raced to a 2-0 lead early on and looked to close the game out, but the 1990 British Open winner clawed a frame back.
However, Williams kept his composure and - helped by a run of 40 - rounded off the victory in style.
In the last 16, Williams will now face reigning champion David Lilley, who got the better of Williams in last year's tournament.
Last 16 fixtures
The final 16 will face each other on Friday/Saturday morning.
David Lilley (Eng) v Philip Williams (Wal)
Ken Doherty (Ire) v Ahmed Aly (US)/Wayne Cooper (Eng)
Stephen Hendry (Sco) v Lee Walker (Wal)
Michael Holt (Eng) v Darren Morgan (Wal)/Patrick Wallace (NI)
Jimmy White (Eng) v Maria Catalano (Eng)/Wael Talaat (Egy)
John Parrott (Eng) v Nigel Bond (Eng)/Stuart Watson (Eng)
Joe Johnson (Eng) v Rory McLeod (Jam)/Frank Sarsfield (Ire)
Peter Lines (Eng) v Michael Judge (Ire)/Gary Filtness (Eng)