Two poker players from New Jersey reached the final table of the World Series of Poker main event and will play for the top prize of more than $7 million in November.

The lucky players are…

Josh Beckley, from Marlton, and Tom Cannuli, from Cape May, both survived a field of 6,420 entries to have a chance at winning the most famous poker tournament on the planet.

The main event played down to a final table on Tuesday; the tournament will resume on Nov. 8, when the players return to the Rio in Las Vegas to play down to a winner over the course of three days. The final table will be shown on a short delay on ESPN.

Both players have been guaranteed a payday of at least $1 million; that is the prize money that will be awarded to ninth place. They are playing for the top prize of $7.6 million and the coveted gold bracelet that goes to the winner.

More on New Jersey’s own

Beckley is the more accomplished live tourney player of the two, with more than $200,000 in cashes in his career. He won nearly half of that total last year in an event at Philadelphia’s Parx Casino, winning a tournament for $98K.

Cannuli had about $50,000 in live tournament cashes before the main event, according to Hendon Mob, which tracks tourney results. His biggest cash to date actually came in last year’s main event, when he finished 691st and won $18K. Cannuli is classified as a cash game and online player in a short profile at PokerNews.com, which also noted he was getting cheered on by some well-known pros, including Antonio Esfandiari.

Both players have work to do if they want to win the title. Chip leader Joseph McKeehen has 63 million in chips, while both Cannuli and Beckley have about 12 million in chips. They are currently sitting in sixth and seventh place, respectively in the chip counts.

Also at the final table

There are also two other East Coast players at the final table:

  • McKeehen, the chip leader, is from North Wales, Pennsylvania
  • Patrick Chan, one of the short stacks, is from Brooklyn, N.Y.

There are also a pair of players California and players from Israel, Belgium and Italy. PokerNews.com has information on every member of the November Nine.

PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu finished in 11th place.

Dustin Gouker

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Aside from his role as editor at LegalSportsReport.com, Dustin Gouker writes extensively about the legal online gaming and US online poker industries, having played poker recreationally for his entire adult life. He has also covered sports for The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner, among others.