Level 19 (6,000/12,000/2,000)
Total SugarRush Challenge Entries: 578
Players Remaining: 34
Chip Average: 449,000
As the only player left in the SugarRush field with two World Poker Tour titles to his name, let alone one, it was only a matter of time before Aaron Mermelstein made his presence felt. Mermelstein bought in at the buzzer on Day 2 and has since escalated his 100,000 starting stack to its current stature of 510,000. As a result of busting a player with pocket aces, Mermelstein is at his peak for the day with nothing but a win willing to quench his tournament thirst.
Tom Goshaw opened for 28,000 from early position and found a call from the player on his direct left. Mermelstein squeezed the action up to 100,000 from middle position and Tom McMackin called all-in for his last 10,000 from the button. Goshaw and his neighbor folded leaving Mermelstein and his A♦A♣ to deal with McMakin’s 7♥6♥.
The flop left McMackin drawing everything but dead and Mermelstein soon collected the rest of his chips. Mermelstein is plenty experienced in the end game stage of tournaments and has a chance to put that guile to use with less the 35 players remaining.