Players Remaining: 13
Foremost among them is Iowa-based grinder Andy Van Blair, whose 203,500 gives him a wide lead over second-place Nathan Wahlert, who bagged 146,500.
While no RunGood Ambassadors advanced -- Grant Hinkle, Blair Hinkle and Ross Bybee all went bust -- one former champ did make it through. Chris Wicks won this event in spring 2016, and it remains his only live cash. He has an uphill climb ahead on Day 2 with just 34,500.
Another former winner, Brandon Fish, nearly joined Wicks but busted just before the end when his top pair and flush draw couldn't hold against Wahlert's second pair and nut flush draw.
Advancing players punched tickets to Sunday's Day 2 restart at noon. Those who did not bag still have two more chances, with Day 1B (Friday) and Day 1C (Saturday) both scheduled for noon.
Here's a look at the surviving players:
|Andy Van Blair||203,500|