Crawley's K2 Centre welcomed the Players Championship back to southern England this weekend after the biggest stars of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) had spent two months away from its setting.
Gary Anderson, Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor were just some of those names out in force at the K2 in late March, and all except "The Power" have made the trip back to participate this Saturday.
The favourites will each make a strong claim for the £10,000 first-place prize, but as the weekend's earliest results will attest, it's not always the heaviest hitter who comes out on top.
Saturday's Biggest Upsets
Antonio Alcinas 6-5 Ronnie Baxter
It was only two months ago that Antonio Alcinas broke a year-long drought without having made it to the last 16 of an event at Players Championship 7, and now the Spaniard is edging closer to tying up a useful bit of consistency.
That's after he arose to beat world No. 19 Ronnie Baxter 6-5 on Saturday, showing that Crawley may be something of a good luck charm for him.
Livescore Darts confirmed the win over Twitter:
Some results from round 1 #PlayersChampionship: Stephen Bunting - John Newland 6-4 Ronnie Baxter - Antonia Alcinas 5-6— Livescore Darts (@livedarttweets) May 24, 2014
The Mallorca native has two rounds to go before he can match or even beat the accomplishment of making it to the last 16 eight weeks ago, but moving past Baxter will have put a considerable spring in his step.
James Richardson 6-5 Jamie Lewis
By the slimmest of margins, James Richardson managed to show that there is some value to be held in experience, triumphing 6-5 against one of darts' most promising upstarts Jamie Lewis.
Although 18 years his junior, Lewis currently ranks No. 37 in the world stakes, a whole 33 places above 40-year-old Richardson, showing just how highly thought of he is in these circles.
But Richardson clearly wasn't fazed by those conditions, with SportsRadar Live announcing that "Ruthless" had managed that which many his own age have not in the last couple of years:
(R): Players Championship 9, Last 128, Jamie Lewis 5 (11) 6 James Richardson #PC9— Sportradar_Live (@Sportradar_Live) May 24, 2014
According to Darts Database, these two had met twice prior to Saturday's collision, each winning once in 2012, but Richardson now takes an advantage over "Rasta" in their head-to-head.
Benito van de Pas 6-3 Kevin Painter
A day after beating Steve West 6-2 in his Gibraltar Darts UK Trophy Qualifier, Kevin Painter was summoned back to the oche in the expectation that the world ranked No. 20 would prevail over Benito van de Pas.
However, the 21-year-old overcame the latest hurdle of his career since earning his PDC tour card at the beginning of this year, with SportsRadar Live confirming the youngster's win over the highly ranked Painter:
(R): Players Championship 9, Last 128, Kevin Painter 3 (11) 6 Benito Van De Pas #PC9— Sportradar_Live (@Sportradar_Live) May 24, 2014
After losing 6-1 to Simon Whitlock at the eighth Players Championship event of the year earlier in May, it looked as though Van de Pas had suffered a setback in his development.
However, bouncing back to claim victory over Painter shows that the Dutchman has commendable resolve to go hand-in-hand with his obvious talent, during what's turning out to be a very promising start to his career.