Shaun Murphy, who topped the Players Tour Championship Order of Merit, will face Ricky Walden or Liang Wenbo in his first match in the PTC Grand Finals at The Helix in Dublin in March.
The draw for the new tournament, which runs from March 16 to 20, was made at The Helix today by local star Ken Doherty and WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson.
The top eight in the Order of Merit were seeded through to the last 16, with the other 16 players drawn at random in the first round.
Former World and UK Champion Murphy has been handed a tricky opening tie against Walden, who is now ranked among the world's top 16 for the first time in his career, or Chinese ace Liang.
Twice World Champion Mark Williams, who came so close to winning his third UK Championship title last Sunday, will take on Anthony Hamilton or Tom Ford in his first match. Masters champion Mark Selby will be up against Andrew Higginson or rising star Jack Lisowski.
Other first round ties to look out for include former UK Champion Stephen Maguire against Stuart Bingham, and Hitman Michael Holt against Hong Kong's top cueman Marco Fu.
The full draw is:
Ricky Walden v Liang Wenbo (Winner to play Shaun Murphy)
Mark Davis v Joe Jogia (Winner to play Stephen Lee)
Matthew Stevens v Gerard Greene (Winner to play Dominic Dale)
Stuart Bingham v Stephen Maguire (Winner to play Marcus Campbell)
Marco Fu v Michael Holt (Winner to play Barry Pinches)
Jamie Jones v Martin Gould (Winner to play Judd Trump)
Anthony Hamilton v Tom Ford (Winner to play Mark Williams)
Andrew Higginson v Jack Lisowski (Winner to play Mark Selby)
World Snooker are offering BARGAIN TICKET PRICES, with seats from just 10 Euros per session, with all-day tickets priced at 15 Euros for the first two days of the event. Concessions are available for Students, OAPs, the unemployed and disabled. For full details call +353 01 700 7000 or visit www.thehelix.ie/2011_Q1/PTCGrandFinal.htm