|Betway UK Championship|
|Venue: York Barbican Dates: 26 November-8 December|
|Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app from 30 November|
Two-time winner Neil Robertson crushed Alex Borg 6-0 to become the first man into round two of the UK Championship.
The world number four hit a century and two 81 breaks against Malta’s Borg, ranked 121 places below the Australian.
Ali Carter, twice a UK semi-finalist, was also a 6-0 winner against fellow Englishman Brandon Sargeant, while Stuart Bingham survived a big scare to beat 16-year-old Lei Peifan 6-4.
Robertson was thrilled with a victory that ended up being “nice and easy”.
But he felt he missed out on three more centuries at the York Barbican.
“Alex is very experienced but he didn’t show up,” added Robertson, 37, who plays either Robbie Williams or Luo Honghao in the second round. “I wasn’t really put under any pressure.”
But 2015 world champion Bingham, who made the semi-finals for the third time last season, did not have things all his own way against Chinese teenager Lei.
An unconvincing start by the 43-year-old world number 12 saw the pair share the first four frames before the Essex man seemed to settle, a break of 53 helping him establish a two-frame lead.
The world number 117 responded again to level at 4-4 before a frustrated Bingham pinched frame nine with a 62 clearance, after Lei had missed a black from the spot, and then closed out victory.
Scotland’s John Higgins, a three-time winner, gets his tournament under way in the evening session against Peter Lines, while England’s world number 11 David Gilbert is also in action against James Cahill.
World number one Judd Trump plays Morocco’s Amine Amiri in the opening round on Thursday at 14:30 GMT, and seven-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan is in action against Ross Bulman later that evening.
BBC television coverage of the tournament begins on Saturday from 13:15 on BBC One.