October Nine: Russell Thomas

July 24, 2012

An actuary by day, 24-year-old Russell Thomas from Connecticut, USA likes to play cash games, but has warmed up quite nicely to tournaments, especially the 2012 WSOP Main Event. Thomas will be sitting at the table when the October Nine* reconvene. Unlike many other young poker players, Thomas did not drop out of college to pursue his poker dream. In fact, he graduated college.

Fourth-stacked with 24.8 million chips, Thomas plans on taking full advantage of the three-month break between now and October 29th by playing in live tournaments in order to improve on his tournament game.

Like fellow October Niner Greg Merson, this is not Thomas’ first time cashing at the WSOP Main Event. Last year, he finished 248th. He also final tabled a 6-handed NLH event in 2010, finishing fifth and earning $84K and has one other WSOP cash under his belt. Not known as a passive player, Thomas was chip leader when there were 20 left in the Main Event this year, and he was responsible for knocking some pretty impressive competition.

Thomas will sit down with his best friend, Jesse Sylvia later this fall to compete for the most prestigious title in poker that just happens to accompany an $8 million prize and a diamond encrusted gold bracelet designed by renowned jewelry designer Jason of Beverly Hills.

*The nine finalists are referred to as the “October Nine” because the WSOP is on a break as of last week until the final table reconvenes on October 29, but formerly these nine players have been known as the November Nine for when the final table play resumed in November in previous years. This is the first year that the WSOP Main Event Final Table will be carried out in October (due mainly to the upcoming presidential election).


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