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Thomas Cannuli has made the 2015 World Series of Poker November Nine and we got to know him the morning after he made the biggest final table in poker. Cannuli had an all-star rail as the Main Event played down to the final nine with Antonio Esfandiari, Jeff Gross and Brian Rast all cheering Cammuli on. Cannuli is 23 years old, from Cape May, New Jersey and plays cash games professionally on the East Coast. Check out the full video interview with Thomas Cannuli at the 2015 WSOP November Nine and check back on PokerListings.com this fall to see if he becomes the next poker world champion.
Words can't describe how I feel right now. To be here and to be lucky to make it this far is a blessing and I'm just really grateful to be here. This feeling is something I've dreamed of for a long time. It's so surreal to me to have everyone from back home contacting me. It's amazing the support I have with my circle of friends: Jeff Gross, Brian Rast, Sorel Mizzi, these guys have been amazing. They've been there for me and they've stuck it out.
It's been about six years for me. I'm working on year seven. It's been a long road for me and it hasn't been the easiest one, but I stuck it through and I haven't quit and I've done everything I could to survive in poker. Going backwards it wasn't the easiest road but it's just part of the process and that's what's going to make me so much more grateful for this experience. It's hard to put into words.
I've 100 per cent paid my dues. I've had person after person say to me the same thing, “You deserve it.” I've put in time and I've been present. I'm not a new face. I might be a new face for tournament poker but for cash games I've been around for a long time and I've left my mark everywhere I go. So I'm definitely very confident in my abilities to play poker and be at a high level and I rely on my reading abilities and my instincts and my heart to tell me what to do.
I knew Jeff Gross for a long time, we were really close, and he basically introduced me to these guys a couple years ago. That's pretty much how it happened. They've been there for me. Their support is through the roof. Their energy is always positive and strong. They're there for me and I'm very grateful to have these guys because they're the best in the business. I have everybody back home. I have people even from high school and everyone I know. Let me tell you something right now. My rail is going to be the biggest and loudest rail so get ready for it.
Just to be able to have a bankroll and to be able to maintain it is one step forward. There are more steps to come but that's a big one. I don't have to play as much now. I can take more time off and spend it in places I've wanted to go but I've been in bad situations where I have to work and I'm not in that situation any more. It's an amazing feeling to be able to work when I want to work and shoot for my goals that are reasonable for the bankroll I have and be calculated with all of my decisions.
It's one of the most memorable things that's ever happened to me, period. Having my mom and dad there and my sister and my girlfriend, and they've seen the hard times, for me to be able to be there and shine means the world to me. It's been a dream of mine for six years now and that's the only reason I'm still here is because I didn't quit. I just kept fighting and that's what I am. I'm a fighter. If I want something and I believe in it and I love and I'm passionate about, I'm going to continue to do it. And I'm very passionate about poker. The money is something that I have to have to play poker but the other thing is when I see banners of players and I want to be one of those players. I'm going for the win.