Ronnie O'Sullivan breezed into the second round of the UK Championship with a straightforward 6-0 win over Rhys Clark in York.
World Championship finalist Barry Hawkins had to dig deep to get past China's Zhang Anda in the second round of the UK Championship.
World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association chairman Jason Ferguson has defended the new UK Championship format.
Sheffield amateur Mitchell Travis produced the biggest shock of the UK Championship so far with a 6-5 win over world number six Marco Fu.
World number 15 Ali Carter has criticised the new format for the Williamhill.com UK Championship despite a routine first-round win in York.
Liang Wenbo admitted he rushed a big chance to make snooker history in York as he went close to making the 100th maximum break
Jamie Jones suffered a shock 6-0 first-round defeat to Gary Wilson at the UK Championship in York.
Ronnie O'Sullivan may well be the favourite for the UK Championship, but Mark Selby fancies his chances of retaining his title.
Ronnie O'Sullivan edged a seesaw Champion of Champions final in Coventry to beat Stuart Bingham 10-8.
Neil Robertson scraped into the semi-finals of the Champion of Champions tournament in Coventry after a tense 6-5 win over Ali Carter.
Stuart Bingham reached the last four of the Champion of Champions after crushing Judd Trump 6-2 in the Group Three final in Coventry.
Mark Selby sealed his place in the semi-finals of snooker's Champion of Champions event by winning group one on Tuesday.