New Chapter for Thomas Fuller at 2011 WSOP

Thomas Fuller
Thomas Fuller

With nearly $1 million in live tournament earnings, Thomas Fuller has successfully flown under the radar for most of his poker career.

Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, the 28-year-old’s journey into the world of poker is one that has been heard many times before.

“It’s a pretty typical story,” he said. “I started playing in a friend’s basement, saw Rounders, played in high school and then started playing online in college.”

In the early stages of his poker career, Fuller had the fortune of being around a number of solid players who helped develop his game. One such player was 2006 WSOP runner-up finisher Paul Wasicka, who Fuller essentially introduced to the game.

“We got to be really good friends and basically came up together,” said Fuller. “We kept bouncing stuff of each other and developed our own styles.”

Both Fuller and Wasicka went on to make a large sum of money playing on PartyPoker in the early days of online poker and began to enter bigger and bigger tournaments.

He also started travelling around the world to play prestigious tournaments and in 2007 he finally broke through with a final table appearance at the 2007 WSOP in the $1,500 Shootout Event. Fuller ended up finishing fourth in the tournament for $86k but even bigger things were in store for his poker career. 

Later that year Fuller would make the final table of EPT Baden where he nearly won the tournament but eventually finished fourth, again, but this time it was for $227k, his biggest ever score.

Despite dropping out in fourth, Fuller was happy for eventual winner Julien Thew, who he befriended during the tournament.

“I knew it would be either him or me and I wasn’t that sad to see it shipped his way,” he said.

Fuller continued to cash in tournaments around the world but simply playing poker wasn’t enough, however, and in 2006 he decided to start a personal blog at

Nearly five years later the blog is still going strong, while many other poker blogs have long since been forgotten.

“All blogs die,” joked Fuller. “But somehow mine is still going. I’m proud of that.”

At first the blog existed merely as way for Fuller to keep track of his poker experiences but it eventually developed into much more.

“The blog is just outlet for me as I try to become a writer,” he said. “I always enjoyed having a blog and writing. It’s kind of practice for me.”

Fuller enjoyed writing so much that he eventually started working on a book that followed his experiences on the 2010 poker circuit.

He recently finished the first draft of the book, which is tentatively titled “Plenty of Fish” or “Live on the Bubble.”

“It’s about playing big tournaments and chasing girls at the same time,” explained Fuller.

Thanks to writing and other interests, Fuller was not as affected by Black Friday as some of his fellow poker pros. He was actually looking to get away from his life as a full time professional poker pro when the major online poker sites were forced out of the U.S. market.

“Poker is a wonderful game but I don’t know how many people - when they imagined their life - would have pictured themselves playing for their entire life and having it define them.”

Fuller has no intention of leaving the WSOP behind, however, and mentioned he will always play the venerable poker series. He has plans to play over 15 more events this year.

When we spoke to Fuller he was down to the final four players in the first table of the $5,000 Shootout and it’s entirely possible he will be able to capture the one thing that has eluded him his entire poker career – a WSOP bracelet.

“I’m confident that good things will eventually come,” he said.

The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas be sure to check PokerListings’ Live Updates and News.

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