WSOP Online: Jeremy Ausmus, Jesse Lonis Among Latest Bracelet Winners; New Jersey Players Continue Run of Success

September 21, 2022
WSOP Online: Jeremy Ausmus, Jesse Lonis Among Latest Bracelet Winners; New Jersey Players Continue Run of Success

The action in the World Series of Poker Online rolls on at with Jeremy Ausmus among the recent winners, scoring his fifth bracelet.

Jesse Lonis also secured his first piece of WSOP hardware. Once again, the action included some nice finishes by New Jersey grinders.

The WSOP Online series features 33 bracelet events running through Oct. 18. Here’s a look at some of the recent action from the last week of action.

Event 5: $500 NLHE Turbo Deepstack

This quick-paced tournament attracted 515 entries for a $231,750 prize pool and another big win for a New Jersey grinder. Christopher Castiglia, of Jersey City, scored the title for $44,705 and his first bracelet.

This wasn’t just Castiglia’s first bracelet but also his first WSOP cash. The win continued a nice run for New Jersey poker grinders and John Forlenza, of Matawan, finished third for $23,546. New York’s Zachary Schwartz finished runner-up for $32,352.

Event 6: $800 NLHE Ultra Deepstack

These deepstack events have become popular, starting players off with plenty of chips. That included more than 1,000 big blinds in this tournament.

Regular online grinder Vito DiStefano took the victory for his first bracelet and $57,356. Along with plenty of cashes, DiStefano also has $366,439 in live tournament winnings. 

A trio of Garden State online grinders came in just behind. Michael Mercaldo, of Hoboken, finished in second for $41,454 and East Brunswick’s Michael Menzer took third for $30,135.

Taehoon Koo, of Glen Rock, finished fourth for $21,816. John Forlenza made it another nice run, finishing sixth for $11,545. The event produced 393 entries for a $282,960 prize pool.

Event 7: $365 NLHE

Jeremy Ausmus (pictured in lead image) continues to roll, grabbing his fifth bracelet and $51,807 in this tournament. The poker pro originally from Colorado has been on a tear over the last year including winning three bracelets at the live WSOP in 2021.

One of those came in the $50,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller for $1.2 million. He also won a championship ring in August in an Online Circuit Series event for $53,864.

Many poker fans may remember Ausmus from finishing fifth in the $10,000 Main Event in 2012. He took home $2.2 million for that finish.

Some other big names found deep runs in this event as well. Poker pro and commentator Nick Schulman came close to his fourth bracelet, finishing runner-up for $37,792.

New Jersey online poker Ryan Dodd finished fifth for $14,823. Daniel Negreanu took eighth for $6,079. The event brought in 571 entries for a prize pool of $299,722.

Event 8: $1,000 NLHE Six-Max

Longtime grinder Jesse Lonis captured his first bracelet in this event and took home $73,371 for his efforts. Along with his victory, the New Yorker now has more than $1.7 million in live tournament winnings.

Lonis came close to a bracelet over the summer. He finished runner-up in the $1,000 Super Turbo event for $117,872. If the online bracelet weren’t enough, Lonis also took down the $500 Tuesday Showdown a day later on

Cole Ferraro came close to his second bracelet, scoring second place for $52,877. The tournament attracted 384 entries for a $345,600 prize pool.

Pennsylvania, Michigan winners

The action also continued over the last week for players in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Each state will see six events and now two are already in the book. A $365 NLHE event ran in both markets on Sept. 18.

In Pennsylvania, Jeffrey Cole found the winner’s circle for $18,605. In May, this player from Manahawkin, New Jersey, also scored an Online Circuit Series championship ring and $5,664. Pittsburgh’s James Tedrow finished runner-up for $13,277.

In Michigan, Christopher Morse, of Dearborn Heights, took the title for his first bracelet and $18,164. Two-time Online Circuit ring winner George Janssen finished in second for $12,963.

Next up for players in both states is a $400 Ultra Deepstack PKO event on Sept. 25. That’s followed by the $777 Lucky 7s on Oct. 2.

Looking ahead

Players have plenty of tournament fun remaining in the coming days. Players with bigger bankrolls may want to check out the $1,000 NLHE event on Sept. 25. Several deepstack events are also on the agenda in the coming days as well as the $777 Lucky 7s. Here’s a look at the remaining schedule.

WSOP Online 2022 –

Oct. 6#20: NLHE Turbo (NV/NJ)$500
Oct. 8#21: NLHE 6-Max (NV/NJ)$600
Oct. 9#22: BIG 500 (NV/NJ)$500
Oct. 9#23: NLHE (NV/NJ)$1,500
Oct. 9#5: BIG 500 (PA)$500
Oct. 9#5: BIG 500 (MI)$500
Oct. 11#24: Lucky 7s High Roller (NV/NJ)$7,777
Oct. 12#25: NLHE 8-Max (NV/NJ)$2,000
Oct. 13#26: High Roller 6-Max (NV/NJ)$3,200
Oct. 14#27: Super Turbo (NV/NJ)$500
Oct. 15#28: Monster Stack (NV/NJ)$365
Oct. 16#29: Online Championship (NV/NJ)$1,000
Oct. 16#30: High Roller (NV/NJ)$5,300
Oct. 16#6: Online Championship (MI)$1,000
Oct. 16#6: Online Championship (PA)$1,000
Oct. 17#31: Deep Freeze (NV/NJ)$600
Oct. 18#32: Super High Roller 8-Max (NV/NJ)$10,000
Oct. 18#33: Fall Finale (NV/NJ)$500

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