ANZPT Repechage: Bouskila busts in third
With Anthony Hachem turning on the afterburners as the big stack, the pressure was on both Michel Bouskila and Iori Yogo to make something happen. In the end they were forced to clash with each other.
Bouskila was down to around 2.5 million when he announced himself all in from the small blind, but Yogo didn't waste any time in making the call in the big blind as he opened A♣7♣ to have Bouskila dominated holding A♠5♥.
The flop landed Q♠6♠8♣ which changed nothing, but the 4♣ switched the outs around as Bouskila now needed a seven for a straight. The river 8♠ was close but no cigar.
The chips were cut down and Yogo had just 45,000 more chips than his opponent to leave Bouskila to head to the rail in 3rd place for a collect of $74,700.
The players have taken a quick break before heads-up play commences with Anthony Hachem holding around a 2-to-1 chip advantage over Iori Yogo. Hachem has a little over ten million to Yogo's 5.5 million.
The Hachem rail were interested to know what happens to the ANZ Player of the Year points if they players do a deal. They would in fact be chopped, which may not be a good thing for Iori Yogo who needs those valuable points to gain as much ground over his opposition at the top of the leaderboard. They players are currently talking and doing some number crunching, but we suspect Yogo may be reluctant in this situation to do a deal. We'll have to wait and see.