The first gold bracelet awarded at the 2021 World Series of Poker went to poker pro Jeremy Ausmus. The 42-year-old Las Vegas resident defeated a field of 260 total entries in the $1,000 buy-in COVID-19 relief no-limit hold’em charity event, earning his second WSOP gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $48,681.
“You can’t start better than winning the first event, right? So, I’m ready play a lot more tournaments and see what happens,” Ausmus told CardPlayer after coming out on top.
This tournament was third to kick off on the first day of the WSOP, but with a fast-paced structure, it was the first to come to a conclusion.
“This final table was less than an hour and a half, and last night I registered at 9:00 and played until 3:30, so it was like eight hours to win a tournament,” said Ausmus. “The turbos are a lot of fun. You just get all-in a lot and try to win, and I won most of my all-ins, so.”
The event raised more than $25,000 for charitable organizations benefiting frontline health workers, with $100 set aside for that cause from each buy-in.
Ausmus made his name on the tournament scene when he finished fifth in the 2012 WSOP main event for $2,154,616. The following year he secured his first piece of WSOP hardware by taking down the €1,650 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event at the WSOP Europe. With this most recent victory he increased his career tournament earnings to more than $8.8 million.
In addition to the title and the money, Ausmus also earned 432 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his first title and eighth final-table finish of the year. With $485,054 in year-to-date POY earnings and 1,576 points, Ausmus now sits in 62nd place in the 2021 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.
The final day of this event began with five players remaining and Jesse Lonis in the lead. Bracelet winner and 2009 CardPlayer Online Player of the Year award winner Steve Gross was the first to fall. He shoved with 8-4 offsuit and received a call from Lonis, who held Q-5 suited. Lonis made a straight by the river to narrow the field to four. Gross took home $10,854 as the fifth-place finisher.
World Poker Tour champion Asher Conniff was the next to hit the rail, with his A-6 running into the pocket sixes of Lonis. The pocket pair held up and Conniff secured $14,919 for his fourth-place showing.
Mitchell Halverson earned his first bracelet earlier this year by taking down the $600 six-max event during the WSOP Online. He came within two spots of securing his second, but his JJ were cracked by the 33 of Lonis to end his run in third place ($20,960). Lonis turned a set and dodged a jack on the river to take a healthy lead into heads-up play with Ausmus.
The tables were quickly turned when Ausmus’ pocket tens held up against the K-J suited of Lonis. Ausmus essentially squared things up with that double up, and then took the lead in time for the final hand of the event. Ausmus limped in from the button with A9 and Lonis moved all-in from the big blind with K9 for just shy of 20 big blinds. Ausmus called and the board came down J8625, locking up the pot and the title for Ausmus.
Lonis earned $30,086 and 360 POY points as the runner-up. This was his eighth POY-qualified final table of 2021. He climbed into 22nd place in the standings as a result.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table: