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Russell Thomas Bests Last Year's WSOP Main Event Cash with a Seat at 2012 Final Table

The 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table is set. The nine players are on a three-month hiatus and will find their way back to Las Vegas in October to play for the diamond-encrusted bracelet and the $8.5 million first-place prize.

Russell Thomas, 24, is one of the men who will make his return to Las Vegas in October. Thomas is an actuary from Hartford, Connecticut, and graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia. He found his passion for poker from watching his older brother play online and began playing while in college. Thomas cashed last year in the WSOP Main Event in 248th place. He has improved on his 2011 cash and is guaranteed at least $754,798 for making the 2012 WSOP Main Event Final Table, making this tournament cash the largest of his career. Thomas will take a stack of 24,800,000 into play in October, which is good for fourth on the chip leaderboard.

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