10/30/2012 : AUSMUS BUSTED OUT OF WORLD SERIES OF POKER FINAL TABLE (Update)
 
Fifth place for $2,155,313 for Las Vegas pro
 
33-year-old Las Vegas player Jeremy Ausmus, who entered the 2012 World Series of Poker main event final table as the low stack, has had his hopes for the main prize dashed, busted out in fifth position by Jesse Sylvia.
 
The pain will be assuaged by a $2,155,313 fifth prize, but Ausmus was clearly disappointed by his elimination as he headed for the exit.
 
As the game entered four-handed play Greg Merson remained the chip leader on 86.4 million, with Sylvia closing in on 63.4 million. The two are way ahead of young gun Jake Balsiger (31 million) and Russell Thomas (17 million).
 
UPDATE:
 
As we went to press the news just in was that Russell Thomas had been eliminated in fourth position for $2,851,537.
 
The 24-year-old actuary from Connecticut, who has a reputation for aggressive play, said his strategy had been to try and play a passive, disciplined game until the final table was down to five or six players, and then play more forcefully, but his fortunes unravelled in a clash with the youthful player from Arizona, Jake Balsiger.
 
Having reached three-handed action, officials called it a night and the chips were bagged after just eight hours of final table action that leaves Balsiger, Sylvia and Merson competing for the main prize of $8.5 million.
 
Each will earn at least $3,799,073 when play restarts tomorrow, with chip counts as follows:
 
Greg Merson – 88,350,000
Jesse Sylvia – 62,750,000
Jake Balsiger – 46,875,000