Jeremy Ausmus almost didn’t play in the $1,000 Covid-19 No-Limit Hold’em Charity event. The longtime poker player and commentator braved the long registration lines at the Rio Convention Center Thursday, making it into the tournament shortly before the end of late registration.
Less than 24 hours later, that decision led to WSOP glory. Ausmus took down series Event #3 Friday afternoon, taking home a $48,681 payday after defeating a field of 266 players.
After finishing 5th in the 2012 WSOP Main Event for over $2.1M and winning his first bracelet back in 2013, Ausmus’ poker career has been illustrious ever since with plenty of cashes along the way. However, an actual live tournament victory had eluded him since 2014.
Today’s win in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino ended that seven-year drought. With Ausmus’ second career bracelet, his lifetime tournament earnings on The Hendon Mob have crossed the $8.7 million mark.
2021 WSOP Event #3: $1,000 Covid-19 Relief NLHE Charity Event Final Table Results
|1||Jeremy Ausmus||United States||$48,681|
|2||Jesse Lonis||United States||$30,086|
|3||Mitchell Halverson||United States||$20,960|
|4||Asher Conniff||United States||$14,919|
|5||Steve Gross||United States||$10,854|
|7||Craig Mason||United States||$6,148|
|8||Eugene Tourevski||United States||$4,792|
|9||John Yocca||United States||$3,825|
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Event #3 played with a turbo structure throughout, with 20-minute levels. Day 2 resumed with five players at the final table, and Ausmus claimed the bracelet in less than two hours of play on Friday.
“They’re fun,” Ausmus said of turbo WSOP events. “They’re much lower pressure for everyone. There’s less skill; I like to have a few of them in the mix.”
“You can just finish a tournament in a couple of days. It’s not the truest mark of the skilled players; you need deeper stacks for that. But everyone has fun just getting in there and gambling.”
“Everyone has fun just getting in there and gambling.”
Despite the fast format, Friday’s final table included plenty of tough competition. Runner-up Jesse Lonis (2nd – $30,086) came up one spot short of his first career WSOP bracelet.
Lonis held the chip lead going into heads-up play against Ausmus. Ausmus managed a double-up just a few hands into heads up play, and finished the deal in an all-in preflop hand against his fellow WSOP champion.
The final hand saw Ausmus pick up ace-nine suited against Lonis’ king-nine suited, and the ace-high held through the runout.
“The tournament in general, for being a $1k at the World Series, was reg-heavy as we say,” Ausmus said. “Lots of regulars, and I knew everyone at the final table.”
Other top-five finishers included Mitchell Halverson (3rd – $20,960), Asher Conniff (4th – $14,919), and Steve Gross (5th – $10,854).
Ausmus is now a two-time WSOP champion, with his previous bracelet win coming at the 2013 WSOP Europe in Pot-Limit Omaha.