Jeremy Ausmus, a professional poker player from Colorado, remained unknown because he was a formidable cash game player and cash game wins are hardly reported. Ausmus therefore remained anonymous to a major part of the poker gaming community except the grinders who played against him in Las Vegas.
In fact, Ausmus’ anonymity continued till he won a seven-figure prize at the finals of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2012 Main Event. Ever since, Ausmus has changed his lifestyle and has taken to travelling all over the world and playing live poker tournaments. Today, he has earned more than $3.6 playing live poker tournaments.
When he was a teenager, Ausmus worked in a wood shop and made wooden cabinets while studying in Colorado State University. He began playing poker seriously only during his senior year in college. When he graduated, he was absolutely sure that he wanted to play the game professionally.
He said: “I had dreams of playing for a living. I was keeping good records and was winning. My cabinet job paid $11 an hour, but I was making close to $30 an hour playing poker. That’s about $60,000 a year. With an entry-level job in economics, I’m not sure I could’ve made the same amount of money. Keep in mind that this was all based on live cash games around Fort Collins, playing nothing but $1-$2 and $2-$5 games, so there was definitely room for growth.”
In 2005, Ausmus moved to Las Vegas with a bankroll of $6,500. He began playing poker at the Palms and soon found that the games were tougher than those he played in Colorado. He then signed up at DoylesRoom.com, where the games were much softer. After playing online for some time, Ausmus returned to the live cash game tables and began building his bankroll.
He said that he could not play at DoylesRoom.com after the US federal government passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 and had to migrate to PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, where he played online cash games for the next four years till Black Friday, which forced him to turn to live tournament poker.
Ausmus has finished in the cash 19 times and reached the WSOP Main Event final tables 8 times. Today, he can be found playing at UltimatePoker.com and waiting for online poker to be legalized at the federal level so that he can play from the comforts of home.