The starting flights are complete in the $1,675 Main Event at the WSOP Circuit Foxwoods.
Friday's Day 1A flight drew 189 entries, and another 297 joined Saturday's Day 1B session to bring the total field to 486 across both flights. That attendance creates a prizepool worth $729,000 to be shared by the final 54 players. The winner gets the ring and $156,735 in cash.
Jeremy Meacham ended Day 1A with the big stack of 289,000, and his lead held until the final moments of Day 1B.
Galen Hall inched into the pole position, though, riding an end-of-day heater to a stack of 293,500 chips. Curiously, Hall took the overall lead by eliminating Henry Meacham, the brother of the Day 1A chip leader, on the last hand of the night.
Others who will return for Day 2 near the top include Kevin Calenzo (273,000), Greg Himmelbrand (262,500), Chris Leong (228,000), Larry Greenberg (182,000), and Johanssy Joseph (160,000).
The complete list of chip counts and the Day 2 seat draw will be published as soon as they're available.
The 81 total survivors will return Sunday to play through the money bubble and down toward a final table of nine. Odds are good they'll get there, with 10 one-hour levels on the schedule. Blinds will be 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante to begin the day, putting the average stack right at 40 big blinds.
Play resumes at 12 p.m.