Jeremy Ausmus, Poker Biography
by Jennifer Newell
The shortest stacked player at the 2012 WSOP Main Event final table may also be the most experienced player of them all. Jeremy Ausmus has been making a living and supporting a family on poker income since 2004 and never looked back.
Ausmus was born in Lamar, Colorado, and continued after high school at Colorado State University. It was at that time that he watched "Rounders" and thought more about poker. A penchant for games of analysis like chess led to a decision to buy books on poker. He read about how to play for a living and started going to Black Hawk Casino in weekends to play. He also found local friends to play cash games, and he discovered that he was a consistently winning player. With the ability to also practice his skills online, he improved even more.
After obtaining a bachelor's degree, he quit his woodworking job in a local cabinet shop and made the decision to move to Las Vegas to play poker professionally and on a full-time basis. As poker was already his sole source of income for about a year, the 2005 move felt natural. Cash games were his strength, as well as online poker, and he didn't dabble much in live poker tournaments until 2008.
Ausmus' first recorded cash in a live tournament was at the Gold Strike World Poker Open in Tunica in January of 2008, where he final tabled a $500 No Limit Hold'em event for $3,674. Back in Las Vegas, he finished second in a $2K NLHE event at the Wynn Classic for $55,484, and he also final tabled a $3K NLHE event at the Five Star World Poker Classic at the Bellagio for another $7,405.
Back on the live tournament tables in 2010, Ausmus cashed in the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event and min-cashed in a $1K NLHE event at the World Series of Poker. The following year saw better WSOP results, though. He finished third in the Big Event in Los Angeles for $190,000, then cashed in five WSOP events. The end of the year wrapped with an eighth place finish in an Epic Poker League Pro-Am tournament for a $20K seat into the invitational Main Event.
But his 2012 at the WSOP was amazing. He cashed in nine tournaments, which came close to tying the record. Of those finishes, he nearly made a final table in the $2,500 Mixed Hold'em event but finished tenth for $12,964, but he made more with a 21st place finish in the $5K NLHE event for $28,793. The last cash was the biggest of all, though. He played in the $10K NLHE World Championship Main Event but didn't make much happen on the first few days. However, a positive attitude and some set-over-set hands brought him into the money and all the way to the final table. On the last day of play in July, he made that coveted final table and guarantees a ninth place payout of $754,798.
The 32-year old Ausmus will be 33 by the time the final table reconvenes in Las Vegas, and though he has only 9,805,000 chips, he has more experience than most other players at the table.
Different from many poker pros his age living in Vegas, Ausmus is married with children. He married in 2009, and they currently have a 20-month old daughter and a second child due November 3, 2012. His focus is on his home life and providing for his family, and he finds that his family gives him balance. That's not to say he won't play a lot of tournaments to prepare for the WSOP final table. He does plan to play and speak with friends about possible strategies, though, as the $8.5 million top prize would pay off his house and buy some nice things for his growing family.
(Thanks to WSOP.com for information provided on final table participants.)Read Jeremy Ausmus's Profile for more information including his tournament results and total winnings.
Jennifer Newell is a freelance writer, originally from St. Louis but now living in Los Angeles. She fell in love with poker while working at WPT and began writing about it in 2005.