SugarRush (Day 2): 13th & 14th Place – Anthony Anastasi and Michael Balasa ($2,172)

Level 25 (25,000/50,000/5,000) 
Total SugarRush Challenge Entries: 735
Players Remaining: 12
Chip Average: 1,745,000


14th Place – Michael Balasa ($2,172)

The final table is nearing closer with every elimination as only a dozen players are left in the SugarRush Challenge. Anthony Anastasi and Michael Balasa are latest two to exit with Jesse Cohen and Rocco Faroni serving as the respective beneficiaries.

Balasa was the first to exit among the two, and Faroni took down yet another player. Balasa opened for 100,000 on the button and Faroni defended his big blind to see a A♠K♣2♣ flop. Faroni checked and Balasa moved all-in for about 550,000 and Faroni snap-called with K♠2♠. Balasa needed major help with Q♠J♣ but did not receive it on the 8 turn or the J♣ river. With the bust out, Faroni is now second in chips with 3,100,000.


13th Place – Anthony Anastasi ($2,722)

The very next hand, it was Anastasi’s turn to hit the rail. He opened to 115,000 from the cutoff and Cohen three-bet to 270,000 on the button. Anastasi called, after some thought, and the flop came down 3♣22♠. Anastasi checked and Cohen down-bet to 75,000. Anastasi moved all-in for about 400,000 and Cohen snapped him off with Q♠Q. Anastasi had a pair with 5♠3♠ but missed on the ensuing turn and river. Cohen is up to 2,100,000 and peaking at the right time.


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