Level 23 (15,000/30,000/5,000)
Total SugarRush Challenge Entries: 578
Players Remaining: 15
Chip Average: 1,020,000
Both Derek Staib and Jeff Wicker were on the short stack at the start of Level 23. Wicker was short as a result of a double dealt out to Mike Goldberg while Staib was hampered by a chronic case of being stuck in neutral. Mike Marquad sent both players to the rail to boost his own stack over the 700,000 mark.
Marquad moved all-in for 225,000 from late position and Wicker called all-in for less to put himself at risk. Wicker held the edge with A♦7♥ against Marquad’s 9♥7♦ but the K♣10♠8♦ flop gave Marquad straight outs to put Wicker on edge. The J♥ turn gave Marquad a lead he did not relinquish as Wicker took his leave.
Staib exited nearly an orbit later to the payout cage. Marquad opened to 70,000 from early position and Staib shoved for 275,000 out of the small blind. Marquad called after some thought with A♣10♣, which had Staib’s A♥5♣ in poor shape. The stronger ace held up and Staib made his trip to the podium.
Marquad is once again in contention and only a double up away from being near the chip leaders.