Jeremy Ausmus Wins Again, Takes US Poker Open Points Lead

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Jeremy Ausmus is virtually unstoppable at this point in his career. The three-time WSOP bracelet winner not only took down US Poker Open Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em on Monday for $178,200, but he also moved into first place in the overall series standings.

Additionally, Tamon Nakamura also ran pure on Sunday and put in a stellar performance by topping a 53-entry field to win Event #4: $10,000 Big Bet Mix for $169,600.

Nakamura Can’t Be Stopped

tamon nakamura

Nakamura had never won a high roller before, but his presence on the felt was appreciated by Daniel Negreanu, who finished in third place ($74,200).

Nakamura entered the tournament with under $400,000 in live tournament cashes, but the Japanese poker player showed up against some of the top players in the world, including Negreanu, and dominated play. He entered the final table third in chips behind “DNegs” and Rok Gostisa, an up-and-coming high roller star.

On Day 2, he made a number of brilliant plays and also ran hot, the recipe for success in tournament poker. Gostisa would end up as the runner-up after losing a heads-up match to Nakamura.

US Poker Open Event #4 Final Table Results

1Tamon Nakamura$169,600
2Rok Gostisa$111,300
3Daniel Negreanu$74,200
4Stephen Chidwick$53,000
5Dylan Weisman$42,400
6John Riordan$31,800

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Can Anyone Stop Ausmus These Days?

Ali Imsirovic entered the final table in Event #5, which attracted 66 entrants, with the smallest stack, far behind chip leader Nick Petrangelo, but the 2021 GPI Player of the Year would flip the script on Day 2.

After two-time defending US Poker Open champion David Peters busted in sixth place ($39,600), Petrangelo went out in fifth place.

Imsirovic had rallied to build a sizable chip advantage at that point, but he ran into a brutal run of cards. It all started with the blinds at 25,000/50,000 and about 8.2 million chips in play. The Bosnian poker pro lost a race to Ausmus, the short stack, to go from having nearly half the chips in play to barely having a lead over both Ausmus and Ren Lin.

Ali Imsirovic
Ali Imsirovic

Chris Brewer remained a distant fourth place, but he’d soon take a shot at doubling up against Imsirovic when he limp-jammed preflop with {a-Spades}{5-Diamonds}. Imsirovic called with {7-Spades}{7-Hearts}, and things looked bad for Brewer when the first four community cards out of the deck were {3-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{10-Spades}{6-Spades}. But the lucky river {a-Diamonds} gave him the 3.3 million chip pot, enough to make the former University of Oregon track star the new chip leader.

Moments later, Imsirovic got it all in preflop with {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds} against the {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} of Brewer. Off to the races they went as the board ran out {3-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}, ending the tournament for Imsirovic, who busted in fourth place for $66,000. Lin then went out in third place for $85,800.

Ausmus would quickly take a 2:1 chip lead over Brewer during heads-up play. On the final hand, with the blinds at 40,000/80,000, Brewer limped on the button with {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}, while his opponent raised it up to 330,000 with {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. That convinced Brewer to jam for 2.7 million and he was snap-called.

Once again, Brewer was looking to win a race and it appeared he would win the board began {8-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{a-Hearts}, but he couldn’t dodge the six-outer on the river, which was the {9-Spades}, giving Ausmus a straight to win the tournament.

US Poker Open Event #5 Final Table Results

1Jeremy Ausmus$178,200
2Chris Brewer$132,000
3Ren Lin$85,800
4Ali Imsirovic$66,000
5Nick Petrangelo$52,800
6David Peters$39,600

Ausmus now has $11.8 million in live tournament cashes according to Hendon Mob. He won his third bracelet back in November in the $50,000 pot-limit Omaha high roller for $1.2 million.

“It would be really cool to win back-to-back majors,” Ausmus said. “I know D. Peters won this twice (U.S. Poker Open), but I don’t think anyone has won back-to-back. The older I get, the more important it is to me. My kids think it’s cool. If I win trophies, they can see me way up in the standings.”

The champ, with three cashes through the first five events of the series, takes over first place on the 2022 US Poker Open leaderboard. There are still seven tournaments remaining, including Event #6: $15,000 8-Game, which kicked off Monday afternoon at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas.

Remaining 022 U.S. Poker Open Live Stream Schedule

Date & TimeEvent
Tuesday, March 22, at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT)Event #6: $15,000 8-Game
Wednesday, March 23, at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT)Event #7: $15,000 NL Hold’em
Thursday, March 24, at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT)Event #8: $15,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Friday, March 25, at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT)Event #9: $25,000 NL Hold’em
Saturday, March 26, at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT)Event #10: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Sunday, March 27, at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT)Event #11: $25,000 NL Hold’em
Monday, March 28, at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT)Event #12: $50,000 NL Hold’em

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