Jeremy Ausmus has done it again, winning his fourth World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Ausmus topped the 213-entry field in Event #23: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em to win $142,147 in prize money.
Ausmus now belongs to the exclusive club of four-time WSOP gold bracelet winners, and it’s certainly elite territory.
“It’s hard to say, right?” Ausmus began in response to being asked about how he compares himself to some of the great multiple bracelet winners the WSOP has had. “Like, which game you’re talking? Which format you’re talking about? It was a lot easier to win them back in the day, I guess. But that being said, the people who were doing it were that much ahead of the other players, and I think that gets overlooked a lot. This is before solvers and training and all this stuff, right? So I think it is impressive. Whoever’s winning at whatever time shouldn’t be overlooked too much, you know? Then now, you know, a lot of these fields are smaller like the $50K PLO last year that I won. I mean, it’s not like it’s 20 people, but it was like 80-something.”
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Ausmus’ first WSOP gold bracelet came in 2013 at WSOP Europe. It was then eight years before Ausmus was able to experience the joy of winning his second when he won the COVID-19 Relief Charity Event at the 2021 WSOP. The wait for number three was much shorter. In fact, it happened in the same series. Later on, at the 2021 WSOP, Ausmus won the $50,000 PLO High Roller.
“I feel great about my game,” Ausmus said. “I feel better than ever about it. You know, all the winning makes you feel like that, but I feel like I’m just making better decisions. I’ve worked hard and it’s just kind of paying off, and I’m running good.”
This latest gold bracelet for Ausmus came in limit hold’em. It’s a variant he has some experience with but is far from an expert on. Whenever he’s played limit hold’em more recently, Ausmus said it’s usually because he’s playing in a mixed game that has limit hold’em in the rotation of games.
“I felt really good in this tournament,” Ausmus said. “Obviously, I ran well to win the tournament, so things worked out for me a lot, but I was pretty happy with most of my decisions throughout. I would see things that other people do that I thought were mistakes and you need to see where your edges are coming from and I think I saw some of that.”
After graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in economics, Ausmus quit his job in 2004 to play poker. Ausmus first moved to Las Vegas in 2005, taking the leap to chase the poker dream. His wife, who was his girlfriend at the time, stayed back and the two juggled a long-distance relationship for two years before joining together in Las Vegas. Ausmus said he didn’t have a backup plan had poker not worked out for him but that he “would have figured something out.” As cliché as it is, Ausmus was all in on his poker career.
Spending his time grinding poker games lasted for several years. Ausmus was doing well and making good money, he said, but nothing compared to what would happen to him in 2012. That’s when he reached the 2012 WSOP Main Event final table. There, Ausmus went on to cash for more than $2,000,000.
“That was a big deal,” Ausmus said of that breakout run in 2012. “I didn’t play a lot of tournaments back then. I’ve kind of been all over the place with cash first – live cash first – then I transitioned to online before I final tabled the . I knew I was a pro and I was making good money, but it almost makes it real for other people. Like, my family is like, ‘Oh, wow!’ You know, when you make the final table of the everyone, it doesn’t matter who you are, people are like, ‘Oh, wow, you’re great at poker all of a sudden,’ you know what I mean? So, there’s tons of great poker players in the world that no one even knows, but if you make the final table, it’s kind of a joke. It’s kind of funny, but that was a huge deal for me.”
Ausmus’ career has a few pretty distinct stages. There were the grinder years when he first moved out to Las Vegas leading up until his fifth-place finish in the WSOP Main Event. After that, he played a few more tournaments and experienced some notable runs, including winning his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet. Most recently, Ausmus is a high roller. He’ll play a wide variety of games and buy-ins at the World Series of Poker, but his play these days is mostly in big buy-in fields. Right after Ausmus won Event #23: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold’em, he quickly made the walk from Bally’s to Paris Las Vegas so he could get into the $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller before registration closed. He hasn’t always been a high roller, though, but thanks to some nudging from his close friends, Ausmus made the step up in buy-ins.
“I think had a lot of influence from my friend Jason Koon,” Ausmus said. “I’m good friends of Jason and Seth and like Nick Petrangelo. That’s all they do and they kind of sold me on it more and more and more. I used to just like to play a lot of cash, and cash kind of died. It went to private stuff. I wasn’t interested in the whole private-game scene, so I just kind of went to work for no-limit tournaments.”
As it turns out, it was the right move. The $50,000 PLO High Roller that Ausmus won at the end of the last WSOP was worth a $1,188,918 payday. Earlier in 2022, Ausmus cashed for a total of $824,500 at the PokerGO Cup on his way to being crowned PokerGO Cup champion. He also won a U.S. Poker Open tournament in 2022 and cashed in three Triton Poker Series Madrid events.
Although Ausmus did say he mostly plays poker for the money, he made sure to mention that the glory of it all is something that he chases to some degree. At the World Series of Poker, bracelets are king, and Ausmus has four of them now. Something that he doesn’t have is a WSOP Player of the Year title.
“It would be cool to win Player of the Year at the World Series,” Ausmus said. “That’s something that would be cool. I would like to accomplish that. So I have a good start and maybe I can pull it off this year. I was close last year.”
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