Six-time world champion Steve Davis has lost his snooker Tour card after suffering defeat in the qualifiers for the World Championship.
The 56-year-old has been a professional since 1978 but will end the season outside the top 64 of the two-year money list.
He needed a strong showing at Ponds Forge in Sheffield this week but lost 10-8 to Craig Steadman on Thursday night in his opening match in the qualifiers.
The player from Romford, who had already said he will play in the European Tour events next season regardless of his professional status, intends to enter Q School in Gloucester in May where he would compete with around 150 players for eight two-year Tour cards.
Steadman's victory over "the Nugget" moved him into the third qualifying round, needing two more wins to secure a spot at the Crucible for the World Championship which begins on April 19.
If Davis opted against playing at the qualifying school, he could play on the Players Tour Championship in 2014-15 which is an another avenue for winning a place back on the main tour.
Since turning pro 36 years ago, Davis has secured 28 ranking titles, including his six world crowns between 1981 and 1989. He also made a shock run in the World Championship in 2010 where he reached the quarter-finals.
The qualifiers run until Wednesday with 16 players to go through to the Crucible.