John "Miami" Cernuto playing in the WPT Main Event at the Mirage
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Born||January 10, 1944|
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
|World Poker Tour|
|European Poker Tour|
John Anthony Cernuto (born January 10, 1944 in Jersey City, New Jersey) also known as Miami, is an American professional poker player based in Las Vegas, Nevada, specialising in Omaha hi-lo events. Cernuto has won over $5,500,000 in live tournament winnings, his largest score was for $259,150 from his $2,000 No Limit Hold'em bracelet victory in the 1997 World Series of Poker.
Before embarking on his poker career, Cernuto graduated Florida State University as a finance major. After graduating, he worked as an air traffic controller. When President Ronald Reagan fired the air traffic controllers during a 1981 strike, he turned to poker for his profession.
World Series of Poker
He first cashed in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) after making the final table in the 1989 World Series of Poker in the $5,000 Seven-card stud event. He finished fourth in the final table, which featured David Sklansky, Humberto Brenes, Gabe Kaplan, and the tournament winner Don Holt.
Five WSOP cashes followed before Cernuto won his first bracelet in the 1996 WSOP $1,500 seven card stud split tournament. He also won the $2,000 no limit hold'em event in the 1997 World Series of Poker and the $1,500 limit Omaha event in the 2002 World Series of Poker.
At the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event, Cernuto finished in 345th place for his best career placement in the World Championship.
As of the 2016 World Series of Poker, Cernuto has cashed in at least one event at the World Series of Poker every year since 1992. His 65 cashes place him in the top 15 of the all time WSOP tournament cashes list.
World Series of Poker bracelets
|1996||$1,500 Seven Card Stud Split||$147,000|
|1997||$2,000 No Limit Hold'em||$259,150|
|2002||$1,500 Limit Omaha||$73,320|
Other poker achievements
In 1988, Cernuto won the $1,000 Seven Card Stud event at Amarillo Slim's Super Bowl of Poker tournament series, earning a cash prize of $58,000 in addition to the title. The victory at the SBOP was Cernuto's first career victory in a major poker tournament.
In 2003, he won the third World Heads-Up Poker Championship in Vienna, outlasting a field including fellow professionals Ivo Donev, Ram Vaswani, Dave Colclough, Scotty Nguyen, and Padraig Parkinson on the way to the €60,000 grand prize.
Cernuto is married. He has a son, Tony, who is also a poker player and a daughter, Deborah.
- Texasholdem-poker.com profile Archived 2008-12-02 at the Wayback Machine.
- Pokernewsdaily.com: “Miami” John Cernuto Collapses During WSOP Razz Tournament
- Hendon Mob tournament results
- World Series of Poker Earnings Archived 2009-10-30 at the Wayback Machine., worldseriesofpoker.com