Jeremy Ausmus’ life exploded during and after his run in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event. The Las Vegas cash game grinder used his $2.15 million score to fuel more tournament entries and earned a WSOP bracelet along the way. Ausmus also jumps in the PokerGO booth from time to time, including the duration of the U.S. Poker Open.

All of that might not have been possible for Ausmus without a magical river card on Day 5 in 2012. This episode of Hand Histories on PokerGO features Ausmus reliving the hand that led to his fifth-place Main Event finish and the overall improvement of the quality of life for him and his family.

Ausmus describes the euphoria of winning the hand and the emotional upswing he underwent from seeing his opponent turn over a set before the river. He says “I’m going to lose this hand” and the reaction on his face after rivering a queen is as authentic as a moment can get in poker.

In 2012, Ausmus was in his mid-30s and spent most of his adult life as a professional poker player. The cycle of hands and spots lead to an acceptance of whatever will be will be. The Main Event is a beast unlike any other and after winning the hand, Ausmus felt a possibility he had never previously experienced in his career.

The perspective of his first son being born days before the November Nine final table weighed on Ausmus as well with the health of the baby in question. All of those moments make his Day 5 suckout all the more crucial with a sound financial blanket provided by making the final table.

Watch Ausmus tell his full story by subscribing to PokerGO today. Other famous Main Event Hand Histories streaming on demand include Joseph Cheong’s 2010 bad beat and Bryan Piccioli’s miracle win in 2017.

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