An Interview with $5 Million Venom Chip Leader and ACR Pro Thomas Cannuli
Day 1A of the $5 Million Venom is in the books and it didn’t disappoint. ACR had a huge turnout with 785 total entrants looking to take down the $1 million first-place prize.
When the dust settled, ACR pro Thomas Cannuli sat atop the leaderboard in sole possession with a massive stack of 9,641,417 chips, an impressive 3 million chips ahead of his closest contender.
We sat down with Thomas to get his thoughts on the inaugural record-breaking tournament and get caught up with what he’s been up to.
So, big day yesterday? How’d the tourney go from start to finish?
What a day in the Venom! I’ve told everyone I’ve talked to from start to finish, I’ve never seen an online poker tournament with such a great structure in my entire life. You got so many chips to play with, it was so fun. It ranks right up there with the WSOP Main Event.
The day started rough and I was in for 2 bullets early. I was getting short stacked with my 2nd bullet, then I eventually got it in with my KK vs. AQ and it held. From there I just started running it up.
Were you making a lot of hands or stealing a lot?
I did my fair share of stealing but won some big hands post-flop. It was a bit of both.
What’s your strategy going into Day 2?
My strategy is going to be to use my stack to leverage myself to go the distance. I’m not just going to lock it down at this point. I want to be aggressive and see what the table gives me.
It depends a lot on how my table responds. If I get an aggressive table that plays back at me, I’ll slow down the aggression and make them earn my chips. If I get a passive table and they let me get away with a lot, I’ll go for as much as I can.
It really depends on a lot of variables, stack sizes etc.
How was your summer out at the WSOP?
The WSOP was good, but I didn’t get the results I wanted. I had a few deep runs, early on I came in 30th in the $3k 6-max event. My next run after that was the WSOP Main (finished 354th).
After the Main Event, there was a bracelet winners-only event. I late-registered for it and ended up getting down to the final two tables before my KKs got beaten by 88s. It was too bad they didn’t hold up, but was another deep run at least.
Today I have the $5k Turbo, which is the last event of the summer.
Finished Day 1A of The Venom on Americas Cardroom with 3 milly in chips, 22nd out of the 117 that made it to day 2!! I’ll be streaming day 2 on Monday, July 22nd where I’ll be returning with 126 big blinds. This is easily the best structure I’ve ever played in an online tourney, super deep structure, lots of post-flop play, gotta love it. Thanks to all of you that watched the stream, it was a long grind today, 13 hours+!! Let’s make some magic happen and win a million dollars next week!! ♠️#shipittopapa #TheDreamIsAlive
We saw that you and the ACR Stormers got a chance to meet Norm Macdonald. How did that go?
He is one hell of a character and a real funny guy. It was a pleasure to meet him.
What’s next for you in terms of poker?
I’m strongly thinking about going to WSOP Europe. First thing is I’ll be heading down to the next Live Cage event you guys are hosting down in Costa Rica. From there I’m seriously thinking about heading down for the WSOP Europe. Not sure though, it’s been very non-stop.
I hate to bring it up Tom, but you seem to be fairing a lot better in the $5 Million Venom than you did in the Cannuli Challenge (win 3 Venom tickets starting with zero money via ACR Step tournaments). Any comments?
(laughs) Now who put that question on the list?
What can I say? I really wanted to do it, and it wasn’t for lack of effort. I actually played about 60 of the Step tournaments. I got one ticket and then parlayed it up to Step 5 but then lost. I really wanted to do it because I know it can be done.
The timing was a bit off as I was in the middle of a move back to Jersey from Houston and the software upgrade slowed me down a bit. But no excuses, I just didn’t get it done.
Even though I butchered this challenge, I’d love to do another one and make some bets on it. Preferably something like I have to run up a $5/$10 no-rathole stack up to $20k in 5 months or a $50/$100 stack up to $100k in xx amount of time.
Something like that would be more my style. The Cannuli Challenge was a ton of hours to be playing freerolls. I would love to try a challenge that has more to do with money, then the hours will go by a lot smoother.
Best of luck to Tom Cannuli and all the other players competing in the $5 Million Venom.