Allen is ready to launch his quest to land NI crown
Mark Allen will begin his Northern Ireland Open challenge against Englishman Sanderson Lam in front of home fans in Belfast on Monday, November 20.
The Antrim ace has moved up five places in the world rankings to sixth after finishing runner-up to Mark Selby in the International Open last weekend.
Five-time World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan faces Lukas Kleckers in his opener a day later.
Meanwhile, Judd Trump takes on Stuart Carrington and John Higgins meets Nigel Bond.
Those two games are also on November 21, while World No.5 Shaun Murphy starts a day earlier against Chen Zifan.
Neil Robertson, Joe Swail, Jimmy White and defending champion Mark King are among the other top players competing in the Waterfront Hall tournament from November 20-26.