Jeremy Ausmus, a former Octo-niner, won his first WSOP gold bracelet and €70,324 at the World Series of Poker Europe Event #4 Pot Limit Omaha. This win goes a long way in solidifying his place as a serious player in the poker world. Many people consider making the final table of the Main Event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas to have a very large element of luck involved and not a lot of skill, but continuing to do well proves his talent. This also ensures that Ausmus will not fall into the category of “what happened to him?,” which so many players who make a Main Event final table unfortunately fall into.
The final table of this event was stacked with many great players going very deep. This showed with the final table of only 6 players taking 198 hands to complete. This has been the longest final table at the WSOPE this year by a pretty significant margin and is actually a lot of hands for any final table, but especially one involving a game that is as high variance as PLO and is only 6-handed to begin with. Just missing out on the final table but still finishing in the top 18 were: Fabrice Soulier, Casey Kastle, Mohsin Charania, Tommy Vedes, Dan Kelly, Ryan Chapman and Jonathan Little.
Action at the final table started fast when Michael Schwartz was eliminated within the first 10 hands. At this point, many people thought it was going to be a quick final table. This, however, was not the case as the remaining five players played very carefully and waited a long time to really start throwing around the chips. After Schwartz was eliminated, Martin Kozlov was next to hit the rail. Jason Mercier, who has been on a bit of a cold-streak since his insanely impressive 2-year stretch earlier, settled for 4th place. While Mercier will be disappointed with that finish, it’s still another WSOP final table to add to his impressive resume and should help his free fall in the Global Poker Index rankings.
Opposite Ausmus heads-up was famed European player Juha Helppi. Helppi might not be that familiar to a lot of American players because he hasn’t played in a lot of WSOP events the past couple of years and a lot of his play has been in Europe when he does decide to play. However, he has been active for over 13 years on the tournament circuit and has nearly $5 million in career earnings. Helppi has also alluded to his extensive online play, but has yet to say what his screen name is. This isn’t that weird, though, as a lot of players feel they will have more of an edge online if people don’t know who they are. Suffice to say, Helppi is one of the most well-known Finnish players and a worthy opponent for Ausmus.
Helppi took a 570k to 258k chip lead into the beginning of the heads-up duel. Over the course of nearly 60 hands, Ausmus was able to wear down his opponent and get some good fortune to come his way to capture the title. This win also marks a really historic day as a sponsored player of a legal American poker site won a WSOP gold bracelet. Ausmus is sponsored by Ultimate Poker, which was the first site to spread real money games and came live months before WSOP.com, which is still seeking its first champion.
In many ways, this win is once again another interesting story and another final table with many storylines. Ausmus has managed to come out on top of it all and add “WSOP Bracelet Winner” to his resume, which cannot replace “former Octo-niner.” The next event coming to completion will be the 9-max No-Limit Hold’em event that will play down from the 7 remaining players to a champion tomorrow.