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Gossip Column: WSOP.com Bans Account Following Jeremy Ausmus’ Accusations of Cheating in $7,777 High Roller Bracelet Event

Gossip Column: WSOP.com Bans Account Following Jeremy Ausmus’ Accusations of Cheating
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  • Namita Ghosh January 6, 2023
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Another cheating scandal has taken the poker community by storm! The story dates back to October when five-time bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus went heads-up against Jared ‘jstrizza’ Straus in World Series of Poker (WSOP) Online Event #24; $7,777 – Lucky 7’s High Roller Online only to fall short of clinching a sixth bracelet.

On January 5, Ausmus came out with tweets saying he suspected the account of cheating and had apprised WSOP of the same. The organizers reverted to him, saying it was investigating the final table gameplay, and later permanently banned Strauss’ account. As Ausmus revealed the incident over two months later, Strauss denied the charges.

As Ausmus updated his followers about WSOP’s decision to ban Strauss, he subsequently tweeted that WSOP had not disclosed their findings in the investigation. Still, he was confident that they must have found concrete evidence if they banned an account.

He added – “No extra money nor bracelet was awarded to anyone else. Strizza claims he received them. I’ve been told it’s a much bigger deal to take money from players because of gaming etc., so possibly that’s why he was paid. I don’t really know much about this area.”

He further said, “A deceitful top player playing other accounts or taking them over when deep and/or using RTA are massive threats to online poker, and it’s too easy to do. Hence why I said anything in the first place? Bravo to WSOP.com for looking into it and doing something about it.”

Mike Matusow was among those from the poker community who came out in support of Ausmus.

Ausmus had first raked up the issue in October, and Strauss, who found that the WSOP had banned him, denied the allegations. He claimed he had not received his bracelet and the prize money.

So when Ausmus tweeted on January 5 disclosing WSOP’s action, Strauss shot back with a retort that he had not cheated and that Ausmus should work on accepting defeat with dignity.


Background of the Incident

The tournament in question played out on October 11, in which Strauss pocketed a career-best $181,769, while Ausmus fell short as the runner-up for $121,396. Ausmus reached out to the WSOP voicing his suspicions that the player in question had cheated, and on October 13, WSOP suspended Strauss’ account.

This is not the first time Ausmus has cast doubts on Strauss. A day after Strauss won the online bracelet event, Ausmus had tweeted sarcastically congratulating the player. Tilted for sure, Ausmus rudely pointed out that most of Strauss’ previous scores were in small buy-in events at the South Point Casino, a poker room famous for its cheap hot dogs and low-stakes games.

His snide remarks didn’t go well with many. Some reacted by mentioning that Strauss has a history of cashing in larger buy-in events and finished in the money in another $7,777 event.

Ausmus defended himself, saying he found it odd when lower-stakes players showed up at a high-stakes event and nailed every spot like they were Stephen Chidwick.

He later clarified he couldn’t say with certainty that Strauss was ghosted in the end stages of the tournament but was very suspicious of the same.

On October 29, Strauss responded to Ausmus’ allegations.

While the WSOP has publicly not disclosed the grounds on which they banned Strauss’ account, his bracelet win should have been nullified if a cheating case has been proved. However, the results at WSOP.com still mention Strauss as the tournament winner.

Ausmus has charged that Strauss got paid and received the bracelet, which WSOP has yet to confirm.

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