Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Ausmus’

December 3, 2012

Instapoker

Winners, drinkers, and a scary home invasion

Giacomo Fundaro
Photo: World Poker Tour


Today’s Boxscore

Giacomo Fundaro $166,704 – WPT Mazagan
Sam Grafton £102,700 – Grosvenor UKPT Grand Final
Jeremy Ausmus $78,572 – WPT Five Diamond Prelim
Dwyte Pilgrim $43,453 – WPT Five Diamond Prelim


It wasn’t the most exciting week in poker but there was a nice turnout for the Deepstacks tournament at Mohegan Sun and there were also a bunch of current/former/rockstar poker bloggers tearing around the bars in Las Vegas for the annual WPBT blogger drinkfest and tournament. While most of those fine folks were indulging their bacchanalian impulses at various bars, restaraunts, and games of chance, there were a few crazy people who ran in the Rock n’ Roll Vegas Marathon.

Things were also ramping up at the Bellagio this weekend as they prepare to host the full WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. A full roster of iffy structures, smokey tables set up in the casino, and various other legitimate complaints. It’s probably time to unfollow Allen Kessler on Twitter.


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Link Dump

Tweet(s) of the Day – Even though that whole Epic Poker Standards & Conduct thing went swirling down the drain, looks like Matt Glantz has kept up his role in the poker world and brought together David and Goliath.

Poker Pro Theo Jørgensen Shot Three Times in Home Invasion – Horrifying breaking news this morning about Danish PokerStar pro Theo Jørgensen. He was the victim of a home invasion, robbery, and shot several times in the leg. Injuries are said to not be life threatening and a full recovery is expected.

American Gaming Association ups the ante on online poker – Another day, another press release about freeing the world from the oppressive online poker prohibition. This time it’s the American Gaming Association saying let my people go.

Pokie headphones banned in Victoria – Before now I had never heard of video poker machines with headphone jacks built in so the player can fully concentrate on the action. The Canucks want to ban them and I imagine the Vegas hookers wouldn’t like them very much either. Tough to scam when the mark isn’t paying attention.

Ghaziabad man arrested for gambling wife – I hope this doesn’t become a trend in Las Vegas or there are going to be some very unhappy wives, or a whole new way of paying off gambling debts. There is a bad “makeup” joke about staking in there somewhere I’m just not willing to make.

TB5 “Poker Face” – I hate HATE the orginal version of this song by something called a Lady Gaga. Here’s a version I can sort of get behind because it isn’t her but mostly because it includes Clare Grant.

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November 1, 2012

Presidential Election, PokerPAC Endorsements, WSOP Support

Update from the PPA

2012 WSOP Champion Greg Merson
Photo: Steve Marcus/LasVegas Sun

Congratulations 2012 WSOP Main Event Champion and PPA supporter Greg Merson!!

If you tuned into the WSOP Main Event final table coverage this week, no doubt you saw many of the finalists proudly wearing PPA patches. As the game progressed to the final three, it was terrific seeing all three patched up in support of our advocacy efforts of behalf of our game!

We thank Greg Merson, Jesse Sylvia, Jake Balsiger, Rob Salaburu, Russell Thomas, and Jeremy Ausmus for their support at the final table.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th!

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday – or earlier if you can in your state – and please be sure to check out the PPA Member of Congress Ratings Guide at http://theppa.org/congress before heading to the polls.

Mark your calendars! The PPA will holding a town hall meeting in greater Boston on December 1st! Please save the date and stay tuned for updates as we finalize the details.

PPA PokerPAC Endorsements

Earlier this week, PokerPAC, PPA’s political action committee, endorsed candidates in 53 US House races and 2 US Senate races. With Election Day in just one week, we wish to let the poker community know who the champions of poker rights are and why they deserve the support of the poker community. If you did not receive an endorsement email, it is because we had no endorsements in any of the races in your district.

To see the entire list of candidates and to view their profiles in the PPA Member of Congress Ratings Guide, simply click here.

Please keep in mind that, when making endorsements, PokerPAC makes no considerations other than the stance the candidates take on our right to play poker. I know you take many different issues and beliefs into consideration when you make your decisions in the voting booth. We simply wish to ensure you have the information on where candidates stand on our right to play, so we can all make informed decisions.

Please be sure to vote. Voting is the most important tool we have as poker players to facilitate the change we demand and deserve. Make sure your voice counts!


October 29, 2012

WSOP Final Table Crowd

@Randompoker around Vegas

It was 103 days ago that the 2012 WSOP Main Event saw its last hand. Final table fans piled into the Penn & Teller Theater hours before the action got underway, donning T-shirts for their favorite player and engaging in hallway chant challenges.

“Awesome Ausmus!” ”Jess-eee!” ”Es-Po-See-Tow!” ”Sal-Ah-Boo-Roo!” “Run Good Russell!” They seemed to be under the impression that the louder they cheered, the bigger their cut of the cash might be. It’s hard to tell who has the most fans, but the competition for the loudest is between Salaburu and Sylvia.

Here’s a quick peak at the poker spectacle and pageantry that greeted me as I walked in to my first WSOP Main Event Final Table:

 

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The WSOP Final Nine – Player Profiles

8 Americans + 1 Hungarian or 2 middle agers vs. 7 youngsters

Jesse Sylvia
Age 24
Las Vegas

43.875 million in chips

Sylvia was down his last 4 million chips on Day 7 when he rallied back into contention. By the time the field was cut from 27 to the final nine, Sylvia, who is originally from Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., jumped into the chip lead. Sylvia will be seated five seats away at the final table from his closest friend and one-time roommate Russell Thomas. The pair sharpened each other’s poker skills. A victory might propel Sylvia in another career; he aspires to move to Los Angeles and get involved in movie making.

Quote: “I always want to be involved in the game. But I am not sure I want to be grinding it out every day 10 years from now. I told myself I will play in the World Series of Poker every year that I can, because it’s so different.”

Andras Koroknai
Age 30
Debrecen, Hungary

29.375 million in chips

Koroknai is the non-American at the final table, and hopes to be the first Hungarian to win the Main Event. He has nearly $2 million in career poker earnings, including a World Poker Tour title in 2010. Koroknai’s road to the final table almost ended early in the tournament when he mistakenly mucked his hand. A ruling from the floor cost him 60,000 in chips but he was able to continue. Koroknai eliminated both the 10th and 11th place finishers, who also happened to be the tournament’s last women.

Quote: “When I sit down at the table, I don’t care if it’s a male or female player. Everybody is equal and everybody wants to win.”

Greg Merson
Age 24
Laurel, Md.

28.275 million in chips

Merson will be playing for more than just the Main Event’s gold bracelet and $8.5 million payday. A victory will also ensure Merson of the 2012 World Series of Poker Player of the Year crown. Merson cashed in four events at this year’s tournament, earning his first gold bracelet when he won the $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em/Six Handed event. He collected $1.1 million for the win and affirmed that his life was back on track. Merson said he struggled with addiction over the past few years but is now clean and sober.

Quote: “I thought I had my s**t together. I let the poker lifestyle get the best of me. I worked really hard to get all the way back to the highest games again. I definitely have a way more positive mindset about everything.”

Russell Thomas
Age 24
Hartford, Conn.

24.8 million in chips

Thomas began playing poker while attending Temple University. After earning a degree in actuary science, he went to work as an actuary at Aetna Insurance, a job he is now on leave from until the Main Event concludes. Poker may soon become his full time profession. Prior to the Main Event, Thomas had earned $126,796 at the World Series of Poker, finishing as high as fifth in a six-handed no-limit hold’em event in 2010.

Quote: “To be an actuary, you have to pass a bunch of exams. One of them was called probability. I have studied probability pretty intensively. The math helps, but it doesn’t correlate as much as people think. Playing poker makes you better at poker.”

Steven Gee
Age 57
Sacramento, Calif.

16.86 million in chips

Gee is the only member of the final table who won an individual event championship bracelet before this year. In 2010, Gee won a $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event to earn $472,479, topping a field of more than 3,000 players. Before the 2012 Main Event, Gee had cashed in three other World Series of Poker events, finishing no higher than 201st. Gee left his job as a manager of software projects for the California Public Employees Retirement System a few years ago to play poker full time.

Quote: “Every single day (during the Main Event), I never thought I’d make it to the next day. This summer, I don’t think I played as well as I did in the past. But I just got more lucky breaks.”

Michael Esposito
Age 44
Seaford, N.Y.

16.26 million in chips

Esposito calls himself “a true amateur,” someone who only plays poker a few times a year. He’s cashed twice at the World Series of Poker, in 2006 and 2009, earning $24,934. His best finish was 540th place at the Main Event in 2006. A New York-based commodity broker, Esposito competes in triathlons. He said discipline is a character trait that helps him compete in both triathlons and poker.

Quote: “The money is more important than the bracelet. I’m hoping this (winning the Main Event) can get me in the Ironman World Championship (triathlon).”

Robert Salaburu
Age 27
San Antonio

15.155 million in chips

Salaburu has playing professionally since graduating high school, although the 2012 Main Event will be his first cash at the World Series of Poker. Salaburu found early success in online poker and cash game on the Southern poker circuit. Before this year, Salaburu would attend the World Series of Poker, but limited events, favoring the cash game tables. Salaburu sought advice from British poker player Stephen Chidwick, who was on hand to rail Salaburu during the late stages of the Main Event.

Quote: “I have never been good at reporting to people and taking orders from people, so I had to figure out something in a hurry. I guess I just kind of stuck with what I knew.”

Jacob Balsiger
Age 21
Tempe, Ariz.

13.115 million in chips

A victory by Balsiger means he would eclipse 2009 champion Joe Cada as the youngest Main Event champion in World Series of Poker history. Balsiger is a senior majoring in political science at Arizona State University and used to play online poker to supplement his income. He cashed in a $1,500 buy-in no limit hold’em event early at the World Series, finishing 100th and earning $3,531.

Quote: “To be honest, I entered the Main Event expecting to hopefully get some kind of cash. I end up at the final table. Unbelievable.”

Jeremy Ausmus
Age 33
Las Vegas

9.805 million in chips

One issue that Ausmus had lingering before the final table was resolved earlier this month was exactly when his wife would give birth to their second child. Now, Ausmus, who has 13 World Series of Poker career cashes can concentrate in winning his first gold bracelet. Eight of his career cashes came the summer. Ausmus has eight years of experience at the poker tables and holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.

Quote: “I’m pretty much a full-time player. I’ll probably go to the Bellagio four times a week and play cash games. I have a good balance. My wife gives me a life away from poker and my daughter, too. It’s good to have that break.”

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3871. Follow @howardstutz on Twitter.
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