Day 1a saw 136 players pony up $675 and push the 2015 RunGood Poker Series Hard Rock Tulsa Main Event prize pool to over 80 percent of the $100,000 guarantee, with two starting flights still to play.
After 12 levels of play at 30 minutes per, it was Jesse McVicker with a substantial chip lead, as he bagged a healthy 254,000. Other notables to advance to Sunday's Day 2 are Tony Lay (140,000), Dan Lowery (119,000), Ross Bybee (106,000), and Ryan Tepen (35,000).
Many notables tried and failed to get through Day 1 on their first attempt, including Dan "Wretchy" Martin, Lauren Kling, Bryan Campanello, and Jonathan Gaviao. Nevertheless, they'll all have chances to fire again on subsequent starting days.
In all, 30 players did advance and will combine with survivors of Saturday's two flights to play Day 2, which starts at noon local time on Sunday. Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNews as we will bring you coverage from an expected busy Saturday all the way through to crowning a champion on Sunday.