Level 15 (2,500/5,000/500)
Total SugarRush Challenge Entries: 628
Players Remaining: 83
Chip Average: 189,000
The unique structure of the SugarRush that allows for players to buy-in on Day 2 for 4x the Day 1 price but receive 4x the starting chips makes for an interesting dynamic for those who use this option considering their min-cash is a few steps higher on the pay ladder. Therefore, it is crucial to build a stack early to allow for a deep run.
Aaron Mermelstein is one of those players who bought in today and the two-time WPT winner is already up to 425,000. Mermelstein plays a unique brand of poker that allows for his accumulate chips quickly and he is living up to that brand so far today.
Picking up the action on a 10♣4♠2♦K♣8♠ board, Jeff Wicker had a bet of 16,000 in front of him from the hijack. Mermelstein cut out chips from the cutoff and put in a raise to 43,000. Wicker thought for a few moments and decided to call Mermelstein’s raise only to be shown K♦J♦ for a turned pair that left Wicker shaking his head as he mucked.
Mermelstein adding chips to his stack is a dangerous sign for the rest of the field and if he continues to acquire more units, we may very well see him deep in this event.