Breaking Down the Action:
  • Leader Continues Heater in Early Levels
  • Thrilling Three-Handed Denouement Decides It
  • Perry Expresses His Delight
  • Ausmus Thrilled with Championship Victory
  • The Humble Winner

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Jeremy Ausmus captured the highly prized PokerGO Cup on Thursday in Las Vegas.

The final event of the 2022 PokerGO Cup saw a dramatic final crown Sean Perry a double event winner as Jeremy Ausmus did just enough to seal the overall Championship title after finishing third.

With the five finalists who played all standing a chance of ultimate victory, Ausmus made sure of the win as he managed to achieve his fourth cash and third podium place to seal a remarkable triumph under the PokerGO lights.

Leader Continues Heater in Early Levels  

“If I bust you, I’m gonna beat this clown heads-up!”

To have any chance of winning the 2022 PokerGO Cup, Sean Perry had to win Event #8 and hope that Jeremy Ausmus would finish no higher than fourth. The first part of the challenge was to get rid of Ausmus in fourth or fifth place, but Perry, the overwhelming chip leader at the final table, could only watch as Brock Wilson eliminated Daniel Negreanu in fifth place.

Wilson, of course, had more PokerGO Cup points to play with than anyone except Ausmus, so could still take the Championship if Ausmus finished third, so when his pocket tens beat Kid Poker’s pocket sevens, the field was reduced to four. Both Negreanu and Nick had to win the event and hope that Ausmus was the first to depart, so their hopes ended when the Canadian went to the cash desk to collect $112,00 for coming fifth.

It was Schulman who busted in fourth place, cashing for $176,000 after a consistent series for the entertaining pro ended when his pocket tens were rivered by Jeremy Ausmus, whose king-six of clubs hit runner-runner for the flush.

That hand meant Sean Perry couldn’t win the overall championship, but Brock Wilson could – as long as he could eliminate Ausmus in third place. As Wilson quipped to Ausmus, “If I bust you, I’m gonna beat this clown heads-up!”, laughing at Perry, who in turn chuckled back at his opponent.

Thrilling Three-Handed Denouement Decides It

“I’m scared now, I can’t watch!”

Jeremy Ausmus can't watch

Jeremy Ausmus can’t bear to watch as the title is on the line.

Ausmus did indeed bust in third place. The eventual PokerGO Cup champion was taken out by Sean Perry, whose ten-seven bettered Ausus’ ace-deuce when a ten landed on the flop. Ausmus cashed for $256,000, but now he had to sweat Perry and Wilson. If Brock Wilson could win, then he’d win the championship too, but a Perry win would crown Ausmus champion. Even a win, a runner-up place and two third places meant Ausmus still had to wait for Perry to seal the deal.

The problem for Brock Wilson was the chip lead that Sean Perry had. With 5.6 million chips, Perry had way more than Wilson’s 810,000 and the stacks weren’t too different when the chips all went in. Perry had pocket jacks, Wilson king-queen. A ten-high flop did nothing to help Wilson and Ausmus was called over by Perry to cheer him on with turn and river to come.

On the four turn, Wilson only had six outs, but he couldn’t hit, as the

“I’m scared now, I can’t watch!” said Perry hiding behind Ausmus, but an eight rolled off on the river. That meant Perry won the $640,000 top prize for taking down the Main Event, his second event of the series, but it was Ausmus not Wilson who won the 2022 PokerGO Cup and the $50,000 bonus to go with well over $800,000 in winnings over eight events. Brock Wilson took second place for $416,000.

Perry Expresses His Delight

“It would’ve been awesome to win the trophy.”

Sean Perry was delighted with his win, and looked back on a remarkably consistent series after the final event concluded with him as the only double-winner of events. Perry, who also won Event #2 earlier in the series, said he would chase down the 2022 PokerGO Tour title. “You better believe it, for sure I am,” he said. “ “I took some time off at the beginning of this year, I missed a bunch of events, but this win has me motivated and they have something to fear.”

Sean Perry PGC E8

Sean Perry won the PokerGO Cup Main Event, but the Championship eluded him.

When it came to winning the final event but not locking up the series win, Perry admitted it was a ‘bittersweet’ feeling.

“I’m happy I got a new Instagram picture to post, but it would’ve been awesome to win the trophy,” he confessed. “I’m very happy that Jeremy won it. He’s an awesome guy, very honorable and great, and nobody has anything bad to ever say about him. I won the tournament, but it wasn’t enough to win the overall player of the series. I’m still very happy with the result. I knew I had to come out and win this tournament, which I did, and I can’t control much about what Jeremy did. He deserves the victory and I’m happy for him. He’s a great guy.”

Here’s how everyone finished in Event #8, the $50,000-entry PokerGO Cup Main Event.

2022 PokerGO Cup event #8 Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Prize
1st Sean Perry U.S.A. $640,000
2nd Brock Wilson U.S.A. $416,000
3rd Jeremy Ausmus U.S.A. $256,000
4th Nick Schulman U.S.A. $176,000
5th Daniel Negreanu Canada $116,000

Ausmus Thrilled with Championship Victory

“As long as I kept laddering, I was more likely to get the win.”

Jeremy Ausmus was over the moon with his series win as he became the 2022 PokerGO Cup champion. With four cashes in eight events, Ausmus won a total of $824,500 with one win in Event #4 and three other podium finishes.

“It was a big sweat to win this,” he said afterwards. “Everyone coming into the final table could’ve won it and I barely eeked it out. I was the shortest stack, but then [Nick] Schulman couldn’t win anymore after [Daniel] Negreanu busted, so as long as I kept laddering, I was more likely to get the win. Perry had to win heads up for me and he had a huge chip lead.”

Ausmus credits running well to go with his undoubted skill in the series, running deep and feeling great about his play at the same time. He loved playing the PokerGO Cup and for him, it made up for a little bad luck in previous ARIA events.

“I was telling someone earlier that I’ve gotten crushed in here. In the U.S. Poker Open and Poker Masters, I was home for dinner every night and I didn’t realize what it was like to have any points or anything. Then I was part of the big race and saw how involved everyone was and how people are into it, and I didn’t get that before. It’s a lot of fun. The extra $50,000 that’s given is awesome.”

Jeremy Ausmus Sunshine

Jeremy Ausmus celebrates his PokerGO Cup victory in the Las Vegas sunshine outside ARIA’s PokerGO Studio.

Ausmus remarked on the recent popularity of high roller events, as they have not always been there to play.

“When I was coming up and getting into poker, [these events] didn’t even exist. I’ve never really been the guy who’s been like, ‘I’m going to play the highest stakes and beat the best players’ until more recently, like the last year or two,” he said.

“I’ve just worked hard and feel like I can compete at the higher levels now. I still have work to do, but it was never my goal. I’ve never been the super, super competitive guy. I just want to make a living doing something I like to do and now I’m able to play the higher stuff.”

The Humble Winner

“I embrace losing because that’s what has got me to where I’m at.”

Ausmus credits his attitude during downswings as a major USP and now he’s reaping the rewards for that consistent approach.

“Honestly, for me anyway, I work way harder when I’m losing. I guess I’m a little bit results-oriented. I know why I’m losing, I can see it, but I work that much harder. So I kind of embrace losing because overall that’s what has got me to where I’m at and got me better and better every time. Every losing spell I’ve gone through in the last 17 years, I come out a much better player.”

Having won the 2022 PokerGO Cup, Jeremy Ausmus has once again proven just what a great player he really is. Consistent, humble, successful, Ausmus might be the sleeper hit of this decade in terms of poker greatness.

2022 PokerGO Cup event #8 Final Table Results:

Place Player Country Points
1st Jeremy Ausmus U.S.A. 658
2nd Sean Perry U.S.A. 616
3rd Brock Wilson U.S.A. 570
4th Cary Katz U.S.A. 346
5th Ali Imsirovic Bosnia/U.S.A. 300
6th Nick Schulman U.S.A. 299
7th Daniel Negreanu Canada 277
8th Sean Winter U.S.A. 269
9th Bill Klein U.S.A. 246
10th Darren Elias U.S.A. 234
Jeremy Ausmus

The 2022 PokerGO Cup Championship winner, Jeremy Ausmus.

Joseph Ellison

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