The Juddernaut arrives at a tournament in anniversary party mood this year in the form of his life after a best ever campaign.
Trump, 27, watched on last night as celebrations saw former champions from 40 years at the venue paraded on a green carpet and hailed in the arena.
And Trump, who coined the term ‘naughty snooker’ for his attacking style, wants to go one better than the 2011 final he lost to John Higgins.
Trump, who has won two titles and been in three more finals this term, said: “It is about time I won it, it was a close call when I lost to John Higgins in the 2011 final.
“But I feel now as if it is my time to step up to the plate. I am 27 now, my game has improved and I am coming off my best season.
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“I am coming into my prime, and probably the most confident I have ever been coming in to tournaments.
“Most of the time I have been knowing I would play well rather than hoping, it gives you real confidence.
“It is nice to see other players saying I am the man to beat at tournaments. If people are saying it, others are hearing it and it will scare some opponents.
“Most of it is down to winning matches and winning titles, it breeds success like nothing else.”
Trump is ahead of long-time rival and former idol Ronnie O’Sullivan in the betting.
But the left-hander believes that the Rocket has lacked not only consistency this season – but also his fear factor.
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Trump, who will first play the go-slow Rory McLeod, said: “Ronnie has reached the age where his consistency is going to go.
“He has played smaller events but maybe there he doesn’t take them as seriously, and he isn’t as feared. He has lost 10 to 15 per cent.”
Meanwhile O’Sullivan, a five-time champion, is looking to recreate his greatest Crucible moment – a fourth title in 2012.
O’Sullivan said: “The win in 2012 will always be my favourite Crucible moment. I had endured a bad couple of years, and not won a ranking title for ages.
“And a lot of people had started to write me off after some poor results. And if I am honest I didn’t think I would still be playing, I had had enough in 2011. I also got to celebrate with my boy Ronnie Jr.”