It's the event that pitches the butcher, the baker, or maybe even the dart shirt maker against the likes of The Power, Barney and Adrian Lewis - it can only be the UK Open.
Darts' most unique event rolls back into the depths of the Reebok Stadium on Thursday for four days of chaotic FA Cup style action featuring 178 hopefuls all eyeing darting glory and the £40,000 first prize that comes with it.
Pub players and professionals collide in front of a raucous Reebok crowd, with 178 whittled down to just eight come Sunday and the winner crowned by the end of the night.
The relatively short format and unique intense atmosphere created in the compact venue offer a leveller for the lesser known players to make an impact and there is no shortage of potential dark horses this year.
The format is likened to a ProTour event in that matches are played over a similar length and there are eight boards in action simultaneously, with successful players playing more than one game in a session.
As ever, many sub-plots will undoubtedly emerge over the course of the event, as the big names begin to tumble and the minnows emerge from the outer boards.
Last year saw the explosion of a new darting rivalry as Phil Taylor crashed out at the last 16 stage in a dramatic last leg decider to Paul Nicholson.
The Asset waved off the Power as he left the stage and that moment set the tone for the rest of the year as the duo exchanged words and further classic battles.
Despite a fine run from the Geordue Aussie which also saw him defeat Gary Anderson, he fell at the Quarter-Final hurdle to eventual champion James Wade.
Wade will once again have to do it the hard way if he is to retain his title, as poor results in the eight qualifying events means that he will start his campaign on opening night, with a potential England international in Stephen Bunting or Glen Durrant awaiting in round two.
Phil Taylor jetted off to his getaway retreat in Tenerife after his Premier League victory last month and he will no doubt return refreshed and on the hunt for more glory in Bolton.
The UK Open has witnessed many of the Power's finest hours; no less than four titles, four nine darters and a world record average have been achieved in the event by Taylor since it began nine years ago.
He will be as determined as ever to add to that list this year as he looks to emphasise his reputation as the man to beat this year.
There is no shortage of potential challengers to Taylor's glory trail, with the likes of Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis, Simon Whitlock and Dave Chisnall all in a rich vein of form coming into the tournament.
An array of raw young talent will be on display this year, with many benefiting from the expansion of the PDC Youth Tour and possessing the natural ability and fearless attitude needed for a good run.
Alongside the 114 professionals taking part, 64 amateur qualifiers complete the line-up, all eyeing a giant killing after winning through the qualifying events held at Speedy and Rileys venues across the UK.
The open draw conducted on stage at the end of every round means that any tie is possible at any stage of the competition, no player is safe.
The platform for is there for anyone to have a lengthy run providing the draw falls kindly and this is reflected by the fact that this tournament has had a different runner-up each year, with nine runner-ups in as many years.
As with football's FA Cup, the big guns enter at the third round stage, with the top 32 seeds from the UK Open order of merit joining the 32 survivors from the opening night in the hat for the highly anticipated third round draw.
It's a test of mental strength and tungsten grit, but who will come out on top in the greatest televised open event on planet darts? Find out from June 7-10.