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Matt StevensonNovember 11, 2015
February 04, 2019

Thomas Cannuli BIO

Because we just witnessed another stellar WSOP November Nine, we thought we’d commemorate the event by posting short bios of each players.


Thomas Cannuli comes from Erma, New Jersey. The small town in southern New Jersey is a total contrast from the bright lights of Las Vegas, but Cannuli, affectionately known as ‘Holy Cannuli’ or ‘Tommy Gun’, believes this is just another step on the path to creating his legacy.

Before the 2015 Main Event, Cannuli had recorded just five live cashes in his career with the largest coming in the 2014 Main Event, finishing 691st for $18,406.

If his corner were anything to go by, it would seem natural for Cannuli to eventually step out into the spotlight on his own. Jeff Gross has called Canulli his protégé, and he is also close friends with Antonio Esfandiari, Sorel Mizzi and, if rumors are true, Olympic legend Michael Phelps.

Despite his friends having a high profile in the poker world, Cannuli is remaining grounded with his mom, dad, sister, and girlfriend cheering him on. They will join the rest of the crew in what he has said will be the biggest and loudest rail in the Penn and Teller Theater.

In one of the more interesting decisions ESPN made this year in broadcasting for the Main Event was the lack of a live stream in the lead up to the final. For the final table, there will be a live stream (30-minute delay), which Cannuli says will benefit his style of play. Telling he is not a maths player, he plays off reading the other players and using his instincts to navigate his table. The 30-minute delay will be able to provide near-instant feedback as to whether or not Cannuli has his reads dialed in or if he needs to make adjustments.

In the week leading up to the event, he will be spending lots of time at Aria with his close friends where they are going to run simulations of the final table and various situations to work out the best strategy.

The New Jersey native is confident in himself already, despite being the youngest (23) at the final table. Having played cash games at Atlantic City for large portions of his poker career, he has earned the respect of his peers. Cannuli will sit down at the final table 6th in chips. Will this be the moment where Cannuli gets maximum exposure to propel his career into the spotlight?

Regardless, there is going to be a massive party in New Jersey post final table.


2015 WSOP November Nine result:

Thomas Cannuli was knocked out in sixth place for $1,426,283.

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