The winning ways for Jeremy Ausmus continued on Thursday when he grabbed the first title at the 2022 Poker Masters. Ausmus topped the 85-entry field in Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em to win $204,000.

Ausmus entered the final day of play with the chip lead, sitting atop the final seven players. He also had the chip lead when heads-up play began against Nick Schulman. Interestingly enough, Ausmus recently won his fifth WSOP gold bracelet online at WSOP.com and he did so by beating Schulman. Once again, Ausmus got the better of it and came out on top, with Schulman winning $144,500 for second place. Finishing behind Ausmus and Schulman was Erik Seidel.

2022 Poker Masters Event #1 Payouts

Place Player Country Prize
1st Jeremy Ausmus United States $204,000
2nd Nick Schulman United States $144,500
3rd Erik Seidel United States $102,000
4th Anthony Hu United States $85,000
5th Jacky Wang China $68,000
6th Cole Ferraro United States $51,000
7th Cary Katz United States $42,500
8th Sergio Aido Spain $34,000
9th Michael Jozoff United States $34,000
10th Matthew Wantman United States $25,500
11th Masashi Oya Japan $25,500
12th Kristina Holst United States $17,000
13th Ben Yu United States $17,000

In addition to winning the $204,000 first-place prize, Ausmus picked up 204 PGT leaderboard points to improve his standing to 14th place on the 2022 season leaderboard. Those 204 points also have Ausmus atop the 2022 Poker Masters standings to kick off the series, with nine more events to come.

Ausmus' Road To Winning Event #1

Jeremy Ausmus was one of 85 entries in the Event #1 field. After registration closed, Ausmus found doubles through Martin Zamani and then Philip Shing. He later eliminated Alex Foxen in Level 11, and then he knocked out Vikenty Shegal in Level 12 to send the field into the money.

After the tournament was in the money, Ausmus busted Ben Yu in 13th place, Masashi Oya in 11th place, and Michael Jozoff in ninth place. Ausmus was the chip leader with eight players remaining, and then Nick Schulman knocked out Sergio Aido in eighth place.

A few more hands were played following Aido's bust on Day 1, then the final seven bagged up their chips. Ausmus was in the lead with 2,810,000, but Erik Seidel wasn't too far behind with 2,755,000.

On Day 2, Cary Katz went out first in seventh place, falling at the hands of Anthony Hu, and then it was Cole Ferraro busting to Ausmus. Ferraro had three-bet jammed with pocket eights over an opening raise from Seidel. Ausmus woke up behind with two kings and sent Ferraro out the door in sixth place.

Jacky Wang was next to go in fifth place, and it was Ausmus who sent him packing in a blind-versus-blind confrontation. Hu went out fourth at the hands of Schulman.

Seidel's last stand came when he had the king-queen of spades up against Ausmus' ace-eight of diamonds. Seidel flopped a pair of kings, but Ausmus turned an ace to get down to heads-up play. At the start of heads-up play, Ausmus had the chip lead over Schulman.

Ausmus and Schulman battled for quite some time, with Schulman even working his way into the chip lead. Ausmus would retake the lead and push it out to about 2-1. Then, the final hand came up. Ausmus limped the button with pocket sevens, Schulman raised all in for 22 big blinds with ace-three, and Ausmus made the call. The flop came queen-nine-seven to flop Schulman dead and give Ausmus the tournament victory.

2022 Poker Masters Leaderboard Top 10

Place Player Country Points
1st Jeremy Ausmus United States 204
2nd Nick Schulman United States 145
3rd Erik Seidel United States 102
4th Anthony Hu United States 85
5th Jacky Wang China 68
6th Cole Ferraro United States 51
7th Cary Katz United States 43
8th Sergio Aido Spain 34
9th Michael Jozoff United States 34
10th Matthew Wantman United States 26

2022 PGT Leaderboard Top 10

Place Player Country Points
1st Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom 2,975
2nd Phil Ivey United States 2,974
3rd Michael Duek Argentina 2,294
4th Jason Koon United States 2,288
5th Alex Foxen United States 2,212
6th Espen Jorstad Norway 2,192
7th Danny Tang Hong Kong 2,139
8th Daniel Dvoress Canada 2,003
9th Mikita Badziakouski Belarus 1,936
10th Sean Winter United States 1,761

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