By Clive Jones
BBC Sport at the Crucible
Hunter will face Matthew Stevens in round two
Paul Hunter was made to struggle before securing a 10-5 first-round victory over dogged qualifier Ali Carter.
Hunter started with an overnight 8-1 advantage and a 50 break in the first frame put him one short of victory.
But carter fought back to win the next four frames, which included a 54 in the 11th and a century in the 13th.
The end finally came in the next frame as Hunter wrapped up the match to set up a second-round clash with his stablemate Matthew Stevens.
"I had a great start and to get to 8-0 is something you dream of," said Hunter.
"Ali came back well and it was a matter of falling over the line.
"I am more determined this year as I have never done well here, but you've got to enjoy the tournament because that is what it's all about."
First round result: Paul Hunter (Eng) 10-5 Ali Carter (Eng)
103-23 (81), 70-55 (Hunter 50), 81-0 (57), 86-25, 69-62 (68, 62), 68-54, 135-1 (128), 83-37 (71), 44-54, 62-16 (50), 40-75 (54), 17-61, 1-126 (101), 0-65, 106-19