The first gold bracelet of the 52nd Annual 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas went to poker pro and commentator Jeremy Ausmus. The 42-year-old Las Vegas resident topped a field of 266 entries in the $1,000 buy-in COVID-19 relief no-limit hold’em charity event, earning his second WSOP gold bracelet and the first-place prize worth $48,681.
“You can’t start better than winning the first event, right? So, I’m ready play a lot more tournaments and see what happens,” Ausmus said.“This final table was less than an hour and a half, and last night I registered at 9:00 and played until 3:30, so it was like eight hours to win a tournament.The turbos are a lot of fun. You just get all-in a lot and try to win, and I won most of my all-ins, so,” said Ausmus
This event was third to kick off on the first day of the WSOP, but with its fast-paced structure, it was the first to come to a close. It raised more than $25,000 for charitable organizations supporting and benefiting frontline health workers, with over $100 set aside for that cause from each buy-in.
Ausmus grabbed headlines when he finished fifth in the 2012 WSOP main event for $2,154,616. In 2013, he won his first bracelet for winning the €1,650 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event at the WSOP Europe. With this most recent victory, he took his tournament earnings to more than $8.8 million.
The final day action began with five players remaining and Jesse Lonis in the lead. Bracelet winner Steve Gross was the first to fall. He shoved with 8-4 offsuit and got a call from Lonis, who held Q-5 suited. Lonis made a straight to narrow the field to four. World Poker Tour champion Asher Conniff was the next to fall, with his A-6 running into the pocket sixes of Lonis. Pocket sixes held up and Conniff fell in fourth place. After the elimination of Mitchell Halverson in third place, it came down to the heads-up for the title between Jesse Lonis (3.9 Million) and Jeremy Ausmus (1.3 Million).
However, Ausmus quickly doubled-up to even stacks out and then took the lead to finally ship the coveted title. On the final hand, Ausmus limped with Ac 9c and Lonis moved all-in with Kh 9h. Ausmus called and the board ran out Js 8s 6s 2s 5d, locking the pot as well as the title for Ausmus.
Final Table Results (USD)
- Jeremy Ausmus – $48,681
- Jesse Lonis – $30,086
- Mitchell Halverson – $20,960
- Asher Conniff – $14,919
- Steve Gross – $10,854