A total of 294 put down the $15k for a shot at Five Diamond riches, bringing the grand total of entrants to a respectable 497.
What that means is they're all playing for a piece of a $7,231,350 prize pool and a sweet-sounding $1,538,730 first-place prize. The top 100 get paid, starting with $21,620 for the first 29 in the money.
With a more robust (yet equally deep-stacked) field than Sammy Farha and whiny run-bad king Allen Kessler found themselves among the 60-plus making for the door, the latter in typical Kessler-like fashion, getting sadly crushed again holding big slick.
In all, some 225 survived the day and they will join the 150 left from Day 1a when Day 2 starts just after 12 p.m. PST Monday.
Outside of Niemela, the entire group will still be looking up at Day 1a chip leader Phil Hellmuth as he pompously looks down on everyone else.
But as deep stacked as the group remains, it's far from over yet and things should be exciting right from the time the gun goes off on Day 2. As always, you can catch all the action live on PL.com starting at noon, just by clicking right here.