Another week’s gone by at the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas, which means it is time to look at another PokerNews WSOP Player of the Week.
This week, the distinction goes to high stakes pro Jeremy Ausmus, who nabbed his fourth career bracelet and first of the series in Event #23: 6-Handed Limit Hold’em, a victory that also earned him $142,147.
Ausmus, who memorably won his third bracelet less than a year ago at the 2021 WSOP in Event #84: High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha after defeating both Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu during three-handed play, also made a deep run last week in Event #14: 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em that extended into Day 2, ultimately bowing out in 24th place for $17,481.
Third Bracelet in Nine Months
Ausmus, who has $12.5 million in live tournament earnings, according to The Hendon Mob, is on an extended heater that began in September 2021 when he finished first in Event #3: Covid-19 Relief No-Limit Hold’em Charity Event at the 2021 WSOP for his second bracelet and $48,687.
The Colorado-born poker pro followed up the victory with a much bigger score later in the series in the $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller event, topping a field of 85 elite poker players (including Shaun Deeb, Scott Seiver, Ben Lamb, Josh Arieh, Laszlo Bujtas and Veselin Karakitukov) to win a third bracelet and a cool $1.2 million.
The event captivated the entire poker community as it looked like a legendary heads-up match between Negreanu and Hellmuth — two of the most iconic names in poker — would ensue. But the heads-up match wasn’t meant to be as Negreanu busted in third before Ausmus went on to defeat Hellmuth for his second bracelet of the series.
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“It feels really good,” Ausmus told PokerNews last fall. “My first bracelet was in Europe, outside of Paris, so until this year I had never won a bracelet here at the Rio. I’d had a lot of deep runs, so it’s cool to take a couple down here.”
And now, just nine months later, Ausmus can also say he’s won a bracelet at Bally’s and Paris after taking down the $3,000 Limit Hold’em event. Ausmus got through a field of 213 runners and ended up defeating fellow high stakes grinder Michael Rocco, who was seeking his second bracelet.
Ausmus experienced a string of big swings at the final table but was ultimately able to take it down.
“It’s just kind of the nature of limit, well poker in general but limit especially is very aggressive with a lot of three-betting and raising flops and raising turns- it’s very volatile and frustrating at times,” Ausmus told PokerNews after the victory. “But then I just ran good against Rocco, who plays heads-up lots, and the win feels good.”
Days earlier, Ausmus made a deep run in Event #14: 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em but came up short during Day 2. He finished 24th in the event to earn $17,481, while France’s Leo Soma went on to win the event for his maiden bracelet and $456,889.
Future Poker Hall of Famer?
A number of poker players gave their props to Ausmus after earned his fourth career bracelet, with one of them going as far as saying Ausmus belongs in the Poker Hall of Fame, which includes the likes of Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan and Erik Seidel.
“Put Jermey Ausmus on the HOF ballet!” tweeted 2012 Main Event champion Greg Merson.
Whether Ausmus ends up joining the legendary list of Poker of Hall of Famers, it is clear he has already established himself as one of the greatest tournament players today.
Jeremy Ausmus Bracelet Wins
|2013||WSOP Europe – France||Event #4: €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha||184||€70,324|
|2021||WSOP Las Vegas – Rio||Event #3: $1,000 Covid-19 Relief Charity Event||260||$48,687|
|2021||WSOP Las Vegas – Rio||Event #84: $50,000 PLO High Roller||85||$1,188,918|
|2022||WSOP Las Vegas – Bally’s & Paris||Event #23: $3,000 6-Handed NLH||213||$142,147|
Adam Friedman: Late last week, Ohio’s Adam Friedman won his fifth bracelet and $248,254 in Event #22: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship after getting through a final table that included Ivey (3rd – $108,233), Yuval Bronshtein (4th – $78,348) and Ben Diebold (5th – $58,239).
While Friedman’s win came after PokerNews had named its previous Player of the Week, the victory is no doubt worthy of a shoutout.
Brian Altman: Three-time circuit ring winner and three-time World Poker Tour (WPT) champion Brian Altman added a bracelet to his poker resume by taking down Online Bracelet Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold’em Ultra Deepstack for $110,662.
Playing under the username “JackBogle,” Altman defeated a field of 1,641 hopefuls and eventually defeated fellow circuit crusher Eric “Stackattack5” Salazar during heads-up play.