“I came in on the third day and wiped off a table and left it too wet,” Cannuli, now 23, said with a laugh. “My dad (also named Tom) got really mad at me, so I walked out and decided to dedicate myself to being a poker player. I started with $400 playing online, and by the end of that summer, I had turned it into $200,000. I haven’t worked another job in my life.”
Now, the 2010 Lower Cape May Regional High School graduate is on the brink of poker stardom. He’s among nine players at the final table for the World Series of Poker’s No-Limit Hold’em Main Event at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The tournament, which began in July with more than 6,400 players, will determine its 2015 champion today through Tuesday. ESPN and ESPN2 will provide live TV coverage.
The winner will earn more than $7.68 million and a coveted WSOP bracelet.