Jeremy 'ChipChecka' Ausmus claims sixth WSOP bracelet

21 June 2023

After 13 and a half hours of play, a new WSOP Online champion has been crowned. Event #8: $3,200 No-Limit Hold'em saw a total of 321 players come out and create a prize pool of $1,489,600 to divvy up between 54 players.

At the end of it all it was Jeremy "ChipChecka" Ausmus taking home his sixth WSOP bracelet for $360,036. Ausmus' fourth cash of the series sees him collect his first piece of jewelry for the summer. The Las Vegas resident and family man has a long list of poker accomplishments, and now he joins the ranks of only 18 other men in the history of the WSOP to collect at least six bracelets.

Ausmus began the tournament strong and hung around the top of the chip counts for a bit, but after the bubble burst, Ausmus found himself quite short in dire straits. He was able to bounce back, and his years of experience paid off in spades as he carefully maneuvered his way to the final table to come in second in chips.

The final table lasted just over two and a half hours, and Ausmus found himself heads up with fellow WSOP bracelet winner Christopher "Ccast93" Castiglia in a battle that would swing quite a bit. When it was all said and done, Ausmus' pocket kings held up for the win, and he joins Shaun Deeb in becoming a six-time bracelet winner at the 2023 WSOP.

A star-studded group managed to fight their way into the money in this tournament. Some of the stars fell early like Adam "PHsGoldShoes" Hendrix (54th - $7,001), Frank "thewholefunk" Funaro (38th - $7,596), Justin "Jsaliba2" Saliba (32nd - $8,490), Nick "cashusklay" Schulman (24th - $9,831), Jason "EddieVedder" Koon (14th-$14,151.20), and Tom "looter" Marchese (9th - $22,492). All of their runs came to a halt prior to the final table, but they were able to secure a cash for their efforts.

The final hand before the final table saw a double elimination after Jeremy "ChipChecka" Ausmus had taken almost all of the chips of "wildace_hun". He raised with pocket queens in the hijack, and "wildace_hun" moved all in for his last big blind while Fred "staeks" Li moved all in for his final chips with ace-king and Ausmus called with the queens holding against both of their hands which saw the final table set with "wildace_hun" collecting $29,196 for his eighth-place finish, and Li collecting $38,878.56 for his seventh-place finish.

WSOP 2021 Main Event Champion Koray "seatscramble" Aldemir impressively bagged a stack in Event #47: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. while playing this event. Aldemir came into the final table as a short stack, but seemed to gain some momentum early on, separating himself from the other short stack Ioannis "Cheeecha" Angelou Konstas. It all came to an end when he got in his pocket queens in against Chance "BingShui" Kornuth's pocket jacks and quad jacks on the turn gave the start of final table chip leader a boost, while Aldemir ended his first final table of the series in sixth place for $53,029.

Following him out the door was "Cokinaalcubo", who ended the tournament in fifth place. They had moved all in over an open from Konstas and a call from Ausmus with ace-queen, only for Ausmus to call with pocket eights and be racing for their tournament life. An ace-high flop looked as if the double would be going to "Cokinaalcubo", but an eight on the turn saw the double-up chances go up in smoke, and they collected $73,735 for their efforts.

Next to go was the start of the final table chip leader Kornuth. Kornuth had put on a dominant performance throughout the later levels of the day, never relinquishing the chip lead as players got closer to the final table. Once arrived, a few costly pots with Konstas saw his chips go from first to last. His final hand saw Kornuth flop top pair with queen jack against Christopher "Ccast93" Castiglia, who held pocket tens. The turn put Castiglia in the lead with a straight, and Kornuth missed his chop outs on the river to send the three-time WSOP bracelet winner out in fourth place for $108,442.

What started out as an even three-way battle quickly changed as Ausmus pulled ahead of both Konstas and Castiglia. Having each of them out chipped 3:1 saw Ausmus open-shoving against the field. Konstas called one of those shoves with ace-eight, only to watch Ausmus' king-nine make two pair against him, and the Greek player ended his run in third place for $151,939.

Ausmus began heads up against Castiglia with a 4:1 lead, but that quickly shrank as two double-ups put Castiglia in the lead to make a more even match. What followed was a series of lead changes, where either one could have ended the other if the flips just went more their way. In the end, Ausmus did pull into the overall lead, and eventually Castiglia moved in his seven big blinds in with ten-seven suited, only for Ausmus to wake up with kings and hold. Ausmus won his sixth bracelet while Castiglia was denied his second, and he finished his impressive run in second place for $224,631.

Final table results:
Place Player Country Prize
1 Jeremy "ChipChecka" Ausmus United States $360,036.32
2 Christopher "Ccast93" Castiglia United States $224,631.68
3 Ioannis "Cheeecha" Angelou Konstas Greece $151,939.20
4 Chance "BingShui" Kornuth United States $108,442.88
5 "Cokinaalcubo" United Kingdom $73,735.20
6 Koray "seatscramble" Aldemir Germany $53,029.76

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