TOM CANNULI

Jayne Furman/WSOP

Two Cape May County residents have won significant cash at the World Series of Poker No-Limit Hold ‘Em Main Event World Championship at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Lower Township native and Lower Cape May Regional High School graduate Tom Cannuli was knocked out of the tournament on Day 5 on Saturday and finished in 285th place. He won $40,181 for his efforts.

Another Lower Township native, Joe Gegan, placed 358th and earned $31,170 in his first entry into the Main Event tournament.

The buy-in for the tournament was $10,000. More than 7,000 people entered. The total prize pool is more than $67 million, with the eventual winner earning more than $8 million. Eight-five players were still alive in the tournament as of Sunday morning.

Cannuli is no stranger to success in World Series of Poker tournaments. Two years ago, he qualified for the Main Event’s final table and placed sixth, winning nearly $1.5 million. Earlier this summer, he won the $3,333 Big Grind Online High Roller Event for his first championship in a World Series of Poker event and pocketed $322,814.