Jeremy Ausmus this week revealed he feels vindicated in his suspicions about the player who beat him to the WSOP $7,777 Lucky 7s High Roller title last year after Jared “JStrizza” Strauss was permanently banned from the site.
1. Little late in giving an update here but a few months back I’d tweeted I was suspicious of an account that won the $7,777 wsop event. I ended up getting an email from wsop saying they were investigating the final table. The account that won (JStrizza) was permanently banned
— Jeremy Ausmus (@jeremyausmus) January 5, 2023
Ausmus could scarcely believe it last October when he lost out to Strauss heads-up for the bracelet, tweeting: “Came up short in 2nd in the @WSOP $7777. Grats to Jared Strauss who I’d never heard of. He def played the best at the ft.
He added: “I look forward to battling him in the live high rollers as it’s obv that’s where he belongs despite most his live results being in $60 south point birds.”
That barely-concealed dig at potential ghosting or some other form of cheating by Strauss faded into the background as several big, live winter tournaments and festivals took centre stage.
This week, however, Ausmus found time to update the community on what happened next.
His follow-up tweet reads: “WSOP states their policy is to not disclose any of the findings of their investigations so I’m not sure what they found. But to ban an account they surely found something very concrete whether it was a tool or teamviewer etc. I’ve never heard of them doing such a thing.”
He also revealed: “No extra money nor bracelet was awarded to anyone else. Strizza [Jared Strauss] 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.”
Jeremy Ausmus completed his announcement with the warning:
“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 @WSOPcom for looking into it and doing something about it.”
Meanwhile, Dylan Linde also had some news about players being banned after bagging bracelets…
Similar experience for me this year. Found out the player who won the $3200 bracelet fall ‘21 event turned themselves (and other account user) in for cheating this event. Was told they can’t discuss any actions. No money or bracelet awarded to those effected
— Dylan Linde (@DylanLinde) January 5, 2023
Linde would appear to be referencing Jacob “incel4life” Neff, a relative unknown from Philadelphia who bagged the event for $318,889 ahead of Linde in 3rd with well-known pros Josh Arieh in 4th and Chad Eveslage in 2nd.
Lost in the weeks following Ausmus’ finger-pointing was the eventual response from Strauss, who tweeted multiple times to refute the rumours and allegations being levelled against him.
person HR events, I have played a handful of this exact online high roller though and some others over 3K BuyIn LvL, so it’s not my first rodeo, and yes also wsop online final table not to far back, let’s get that clear first of all!
I got beat up this past summer during WSOP and
— Give me back my Freedoms. Ty have a nice day (@Jstrizza) October 29, 2022
Strauss goes on to explain that he was shocked by Ausmus’ allusions. Having won the event on his birthday, Strauss revealed:
“I wake up the next morning to see @JeremyAusmus alluding that I must’ve of cheated, used RTA or that my account was ghosted (none the less by people I’ve never even spoken a word too). Because why, he’s never heard of me!?!?”
He claims he answered all the WSOP’s questions about the event as best he could but was still permanently banned, as he says, “without reason, other than the pressure of the high roller community not knowing who I am influencing @WSOP business decision in this matter. This is complete utter BS!”
The year 2022 saw a non-stop barrage of cheating claims and incidents, ranging from highstakes crushers Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler being banned for RTA use, Bryn Kenney accused of running a stable based on ghosting and multi-accounting, and Garrett Adelstein accusing Robbi Jade Lew of cheating live on the Hustler Casino Live show.
With Ausmus reminding us this week that such accusations tend to hang around for a while, 2023 has started in much the same way. Who is next up in the firing line?
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