A run of cards that any poker player would be envious of, propelled 2015 November Niner Thomas "FLOATZ" Cannuli through the virtual gauntlet of Event #61: The $3,333 Big Grind Online and into a shiny, new 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet.
The first ever WSOP.com Online High Roller drew in a field of 424 entries (320 uniques and 104 reentries) and after 12 hours of play, Cannuli emerged victorious to claim the latest bracelet awarded during this summer and the top prize of $322,814.
|1||Thomas "FLOATZ" Cannuli||United States||$322,815|
|2||Tara "BeatrixKiddo" Cain||United States||$201,408|
|3||Adam "HLEDERERER" Owen||United Kingdom||$136,231|
|4||Daniel "Pepperprince" Zack||United States||$97,232|
|5||Darren "LegionofBoom" Rabinowitz||United States||$66,112|
|6||Blake "bk1048" Kelso||United States||$47,547|
|7||Vincent "AllinVin138" Moscati||United States||$34,859|
|8||Ryan "holdNfold" Jones||United States||$26,178|
|9||Millard "Undisputed23" Hale||United States||$20,168|
Around the midway mark, about six hours in, Cannuli popped into the top ten chip counts. Not long after, “Roldy” ran ace-king into Adam “HLEDERERER” Owen's pocket kings and the money bubble burst, leaving the remaining 54 players in the money.
Canunuli was still creeping around the bottom half of the top ten but soon found himself second, behind Owen. If not for an awful run out while holding pocket aces to Blake "bk1048" Kelso's pair of kings, Cannuli would have had a monster lead heading into the final table.
When the final table was set, Cannuli sat in third, behind leader Tara "BeatrixKiddo" Cain and Owen. Millard "Undisputed23" Hale fell quickly, losing a race to Vincent "AllinVin138" Moscati. Cannuli went back to work disposing of Ryan "holdNfold" Jones with the first of his two pocket queens killing pocket kings pots and immediately after, took out “AllinVin138”.
What seemed like two innocent limps at first, soon escalated into a hand that will stand out for a long time.
Only a few moments went by before Cannuli claimed another victim. This time Kelso held pocket queens, racing against the ace-king suited of Cannuli. Kelso even flopped a set of queens but a flopped flush draw was an easy sweat for Cannuli who hit not one, but two spades to make his flush.
Darren "LegionofBoom" Rabinowitz fell in fifth and then things started to go wild. What seemed like two innocent limps at first, soon escalated into a hand that will stand out for a long time. For the second time at the final table, Cannuli got his stack in the middle with pocket queens against pocket kings. This time, Owen was also in the mix, holding pocket tens. Once again, the board ran out in favor of Cannuli who spiked a queen to eliminate Daniel "Pepperprince" Zack and leave Owen in the danger zone.
A few hands later, Cannuli got both of his opponents to commit their stacks preflop and eliminated them both in the same hand, holding pocket tens. Though pocket queens will undoubtedly be what Cannuli remembers the most, it was pocket tens that sealed the title, the prize money, and the prestigious WSOP gold bracelet.
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