PokerGO is releasing the classic WSOP Main Event episodes from 2016 through 2011, and we’ve arrived at 2012 for this special edition of the podcast featuring Jeremy Ausmus. As the fifth-place finisher in 2012 Ausmus collected $2.1 million and became a household name in the game.
Ausmus is a regular in big buy-in events and the highest regular running cash games in Las Vegas, and recently he’s provided live commentary of the US Poker Open and ARIA High Roller Series events on PokerGO. Here’s an overview of the topics discussed with Jeremy on this podcast.
- 2:45 – Starting the interview with Jeremy Ausmus, family life, the fun of being a poker pro and the freedom it allows.
- 6:04 – The motivation behind wanting to be a poker pro, the freedom, the money and what Jeremy’s life looks like.
- 10:06 – Coffee! Jeremy gives his best coffee drinking advice, and relives some memories of being stuck eating bread in Monte Carlo.
- 14:03 – The start of Jeremy’s poker career, moving to Las Vegas with just a few thousand to his name, making his way up the ranks and the steady everyday grind.
- 18:44 – Looking back on when Jeremy was at the peak of his powers compared to his opposition, becoming an online cash cap game specialist on Full Tilt, being the biggest winner in the Bellagio $10/$20 and hitting a peak in his confidence around his November Nine run.
- 23:08 – What is it like to be a live cash game grinder at the high stakes? Being the biggest winner, what goes into starting bigger games, and where does the huge drop-off come from comparing Bobby’s Room with the rest of high stakes in Las Vegas.
- 28:15 – Playing in Bobby’s Room with Michael Phelps and Jennifer Tilly, and a private game with Dan Bilzerian.
- 34:04 – Explaining to his kids, ages 5 and 7, that their father is a poker player, and what that conversation will be like in the future.
- 37:23 – How does Ausmus remember the 2012 Main Event where he finished in fifth place, wanting to watch the footage with his kids in the future, and reliving the big moments from Day 5 and 6 of the tournament.
- 43:06 – The awareness of the gravity of the moment as it’s happening: Going deep in the Main Event, and the support of friends and family during the tournament.
- 48:17 – Andras Koroknai and Rob Salaburu, their personalities in the tournament and Jeremy’s favorite moment from the tournament.
- 52:30 – Coming into the final table, Jeremy’s expectations, his comfort level and seeing Steve Gee and Andras Koroknai blow up.
- 56:11 – Reliving and analyzing Jeremy’s bust out hand, and how he would’ve done things differently with his current knowledge and understanding of the game.
- 1:01:15 – Cashing for $2.1 million in the Main Event, is Jeremy happy with his result in the tournament and does he have any regrets?
- 1:04:20 – Jeremy’s bracelet win at the 2012 WSOP Europe, and how does he view this accomplishment versus other scores that were not wins?
- 1:08:14 – What’s a stronger memory, the Andras Koroknai blow-up or busting the Main Event himself, and what it was like being on TV and having friends and family outside the game watching him perform.
- 1:11:01 – Doing PokerGO commentary for the US Poker Open and the ARIA High Roller Series events.
- 1:13:38 – Comparing the November Nine era versus the current PokerGO and ESPN partnership that brings the event live from start to finish, and why Jeremy would’ve preferred to have played his final table right away.
- 1:16:44 – Does removing the break allow for more mistakes and crazy plays because of the fatigue level of the players?
- 1:18:40 – Jeremy’s summer schedule for 2018, his tournament aspirations and why the $10k 6-max is the one he looks forward to the most.
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