Joe Cada Wins World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event
With all the pre-game hyperbole now little more than a distant memory, young online player Joseph Cada has emerged from this year’s November Nine final table as the new World Series of Poker Main Event Champion.
The 21-year-old Michiganite received the coveted Main Event gold bracelet and a staggering $8.5 million pay-out after defeating logger and amateur poker enthusiast, Darvin Moon, from Maryland in a topsy-turvy heads-up encounter.
In doing so, Cada became the youngest ever player to win a World Series Main Event, besting Peter Eastgate’s record from the previous year, and the newly-sponsored PokerStars player will now have time to reflect on how to invest his vast fortune.
Despite Moon coming to the final table as chip-leader, it was Cada who held a 2-to-1 chip advantage at the start of heads-up play, but the aggressive amateur soon pegged him back to reclaim the majority of chips in play. Unfazed by the turning of the tides, however, Cada remained focussed and was eventually able to use his considerable online experience to get the better of his foe and set him up for the knock-out blow.
It arrived on the 87th hand of heads-up play when, finding pocket nines, Cada opened for 3 million and was promptly raised to 8 million by Moon. Taking one last peek at his hole cards, Cada announced he was all-in and Moon swiftly made the call with queen-jack to have the pair effectively flipping coins for the title-deciding pot.
An 8c-2c-7s-Kh-7c board meant that Cada’s nines held up to hand him victory, and he was soon swarmed by friends and family from the rail. Once the hubbub had died down a little, with tears in his eyes Cada held his bracelet aloft, thanked his supporters and paid tribute to Moon for his plucky final table performance – clearly, despite his tender years, in Cada we have a great poker ambassador and worthy Champion.