After playing for hours, Jeremy Ausmus is officially one of the elite October Nine that will compete this fall in Las Vegas at the 43rd World Series of Poker. He is the player with the shortest stack coming in – the 32-year-old raked in a 9,805,000 chip count on Day 7 of the tournament’s main event to place 9th. Ausmus already has won over $1 million in his live poker career since becoming a full time player in 2005, and cashing at the WSOP 14 times. The Main Event was the largest reward to Ausmus’ credit. The October Nine will play for a cool $8.5 million and a diamond bracelet. Currently, all nine are off for three months, and Ausmus said while his family is taking a vacation to the East Coast, he’ll continue to play about four days a week at the Bellagio. Regardless of how he places, he’s already banked over $780,000.
Ausmus lives in Las Vegas with his family, having moved there from his home state of Colorado. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics. In 2006, Ausmus decided to pursue poker full time and played online. His screen name is “The Taker.” He said he didn’t have much money at the time, but played just cash and was successful almost right away. In the past 2 to 3 years, Ausmus has picked up his game, playing tournaments and winning regularly. He said there is a lot of luck in poker. Going deep into a tournament with good runs like he did this year, is unbelievable, he said during an interview just before the elite October Nine placed.
In one hand during the tournament, Ausmus raised 325,000. Opponent Gaelle Baumann moved 2.965 million all-in. Ausmus was left to make the call. The dealer flipped 2 clubs and a low heart, which came out to a flop. The Turn was a 2 of Spades and Ace of Clubs. Baumann doubled up and Ausmus had 3.85 million. He cashed in on 8 events during the tournament with the largest sum at $28,793. Ausmus’s skills include Omaha Seven-Card Stud, Hi-Lo, Mixed Hold‘em and a variety of other games. He says he is a well-rounded player. He began playing the game by watching a movie, “Rounders,” and then buying books on poker. Ausmus said playing poker is about patience because players could sit at a table or tables and win nothing for hours on end.
Ausmus is a humble player and only said, “We’ll see,” about the October Nine game. He’ll probably do a little research on his opponents, Jesse Sylvia, Greg Merson, Jake Balsiger, Russell Thomas, Steven Gee, Robert Salaburu, Michael Esposito and Andras Koroknai. During the Main Event, Ausmus was low for several days at 20/30 big blinds. He stayed positive and scouted opportunities, finally beating three people on set-over-set. In his last hand on Day Four or Five, Ausmus was all-in on a turn with Queens. His opponent showed a set of 8s and Ausmus answered with a Queen. That was his fourth set-over-set. It was nuts, he said. Before that, he was a little worried.
Ausmus doesn’t really travel for tournaments. He alluded to going to Los Angeles for the Poker Classic. For the WSOP, Ausmus said he goes all out. This year, he played for 28 to 30 bracelets on the WSOP circuit. And this summer alone, Ausmus cashed in nine times. He feels like he’s playing well and running well at the same time. He is tired now because he grinded away at the World Series for about 300 hours, and feels it’s time for a little relaxation. The only hinge to free time is Ausmus’ dedication to the game. He loves to play, he said. He regularly puts in 30 to 40 hours a week at the tables.
He and his wife have one child and another due close to the WSOP 2012 final table event. He said family and his full-time poker career are all the balance he needs in his life.. Ausmus is one of the few to have a family while focusing on a poker playing career. He admits this, but said being a father is one of his greatest accomplishments. Ausmus is looking forward to spending time with his wife and daughter in the next three months.