Martin Gould's defence of his Snooker Shoot-Out title ended in defeat to Zhang Anda on the opening night.
Anda prevailed 40-14 in their first-round encounter at the 10-minute, single-frame tournament which features a shot clock.
World No 1 Mark Selby also exited on day one of the Blackpool event, going down 65-1 to Cao Yupeng.
Stephen Maguire was another big name to bow out, crushed 72-15 by Liam Highfield.
Ali Carter was an impressive winner against Anthony Hamilton, 52-31, while the closest match on Friday evening saw Jamie Cope edge out Dave Harold 53-52.
Crowd favourite Jimmy White lost 52-31 against Jimmy Robertson.
The remaining first-round matches take place on Saturday afternoon, including Shaun Murphy against Robert Milkins and Mark Williams versus last year's runner up Mark Allen.
The second round is scheduled for Saturday evening and the tournament concludes on Sunday.