Thomas Cannuli, one of the little-known names in the poker gaming community, is one of the November Nine of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015. Although average poker fans know nothing about him, he is well-respected among his peers, including Brian Rast, Sorel Mizzi, and Antonio Esfandiari.
Cannuli, a 23-year-old resident of New Jersey, hasn’t won big money playing live poker tournaments in the past, but he doesn’t specialize in playing poker tournaments. He is a formidable cash game player along the East Coast. His tournament poker winnings so far, including the $1,001,020 he has won playing the Main Event of WSOP 2015, do not cross the $1,050,000 mark. He needs a lot of luck to win the WSOP 2015 Main Event, which is scheduled to start on November 8. He has only 12,250,000 chips in his stack, which is around one-fifth of the chips in the stack of Joe McKeehen, the WSOP 2015 Main Event chip leader.
Although he is not an impressive tournament player, he has an impressive rail with supporters such as Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimmer, and Esfandiari. And this support has gotten his opponents worried. He told Bluff Magazine recently: “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.”
Cannuli has tasted WSOP success in the past. He finished in the cash in the year 2014 when he finished in the 691st position. Day Two found him holding the fourth biggest stack of chips, closely following professional poker player Phil Ivey. However, he will soon learn that, to win the WSOP Main Event, a player needs more than just confidence.
Cannuli’s backers feel that he may win the Main Event because of his consistence. Every day Cannuli increased the size of his chip stack for all the first seven days of the Main Event. This clearly indicates that he did not reach the final table simply because of some lucky hands. On the other hand, he exhibited great determination and the ability to grind for days altogether.
He will need to grind for three more days starting November 8 if he wants to win the pot. The eyes of the poker gaming community are on him, especially as many professional poker players believe in his abilities as a tournament player. He may either win or come to the conclusion that he is better at cash games.