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Jeremy Ausmus Among Chip Leaders After WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Day 2

Jeremy Ausmus

Jeremy Ausmus is attempting to win a World Poker Tour (WPT) title just months after scooping his third World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet.

The poker pro with over $10 million in live tournament winnings enters Day 3 at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida fourth in chips. Day 2 (Sunday) began with 351 remaining players out of 1,928 entries, and neither of the top two chip leaders entering the day — Jesse Lonis or Jordan DeGrenier — made it through the session with chips.

Picking Up Where He Left Off

Jake Ferro is the reigning WPT Player of the Year and he's starting the new season right where he left off, holding the chip lead after Day 2 out of 87 remaining players. Despite winning the Season 19 POY, he's still seeking his first World Poker Tour title, and if does so in this $3,500 buy-in event, he'll take home $975,240.

Ferro isn't the only player on a recent heater running deep in the Lucky Hearts Poker Open, held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Ausmus shipped his third WSOP bracelet back in November in memorable fashion. He denied Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu — second and third places — in doing so to claim victory in Event #84: $50,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller for $1,188,918.

Ausmus sits in fourth place at 2,105,000, about 100,000 behind Ferro. Blinds start at 10,000/20,000/20,000 when play resumes at noon ET on Monday.

The bubble burst on Sunday and 248 players are guaranteed a payout. Some notable players who cashed but were felted on Day 2 include Jeff Platt (216th - $6,275), NFL star Calais Campbell (191st - $6,405), Jerry Wong (159th - $6,915), Erik Seidel (128th - $7,815), and UFC fighter Colby Covington (102nd - $8,450).

Top 10 End-of-Day 2 Overall Chip Counts

PlacePlayerCount
1Jake Ferro2,235,000
2Cherish Andrews2,200,000
3Arian Stolt2,145,000
4Jeremy Ausmus2,105,000
5Matt Higgins2,045,000
6James Carroll2,030,000
7Alex Nguyen1,950,000
8Frederic Normand1,815,000
9Joshua Kay1,540,000
10Michael Miravi1,425,000

PokerNews will offer daily recaps from the WPT $3,500 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event upon completion of play each day.

*Images courtesy of WPT.com

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