AGE: 33
CHIP COUNT: 9,805,000

When we've discussed the short stacks over the past few years we often mentioned how they have a "long way to go," "in bad shape" or "need to double up quickly." Not this year. Ausmus enters the final table with 32 big blind and a ton of play, making the dynamic of this year's final nine even more intriguing. Ausmus, traditionally a cash game player, is making his ninth WSOP cash of the year in the main event and is about as comfortable at a live table as anyone else. He's been playing professionally since 2004 and on any given day, you can probably find him at the Bellagio.

The storyline for Ausmus as we left Las Vegas was that his wife was due just days after the final table. That concern will not weigh on Ausmus' mind as his son was born nearly a month before the final table. He's a family man with his priorities in place and a calm demeanor that will ensure his plays will be calculated. His best previous tournament cash came at the "Big Event" in Los Angeles in 2011 where he finished third for $190,000. Don't expect any anxiousness from Ausmus or be surprised at all if he's not an early elimination.