New Jersey Online Player Thomas Cannuli Deep in WSOP Main Event

Thomas Cannuli at the Feature Table with Daniel Negreanu.

Thomas Cannuli at the Feature Table with Daniel Negreanu.

The World Series of Poker Main Event draws the most well-known and accomplished players in the world; it also draws thousands of players that haven’t won millions, don’t have stacks of cash to burn and don’t have a list of live tournament cashes tracking their progress.

One of those players is Thomas Cannuli – a 20-something player from New Jersey – and his largest cash came in the 2014 WSOP Main Event. He finished 691st of 693 players which earned him a min-cash for $18,406.

It stands to reason that such an inexperienced player feels the pressure of sitting on the ESPN feature table shoulder-to-shoulder with Daniel Negreanu, but not Cannuli. “I’m actually calm and not nervous at all. I’m just going with my instincts.”

Cannuli is holding his own with 5.62 million, above the tournament average, heading into Level 28. The final stages of the Main Event usually serves as a breakout run each year and Cannuli could be that yet-to-be-crowned best unknown player in poker. “I just haven’t played many events, I play primarily cash games and online, that’s why I don’t have (many) results,” Cannuli said.

He did make the final table of the 2014 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia main event, finishing in 8th place for $13,648. A year before that he cashed in the 2013 Little One for One Drop for $1,797.

“I play online on the New Jersey sites. I feel like they’ve helped me prepare for this,” Cannuli said. “I’m very confident in myself, I haven’t had a lot of exposure and that’s why a lot of people don’t know about me. That’s the only reason why you guys haven’t heard of me – I haven’t exposed myself.”

Cannuli is completely immune to the pressure though, the long days are messing with his nights. “I’m not sleeping to well, to be honest,” he said.

Cannuli hasn’t had a rail supporting him – his Main Event experience has been mostly a solo one. He does have his friends and family back home following the action.

He does have plans for his friends to come out – just now quite yet. “My friends are coming – they’ll be there in November when I’m at the Final Table, I’m calling it now.”

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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