Joe Cada Profile

Posted by Bill "zimba" Seibert at 29 June 2011 01:57
Joe Cada is most well known for winning the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, besting 6,494 other players to win over $8.5 million. Cada surpassed Peter Eastgate as the youngest Main Event champion ever. It was the first year that the November 9 played in the large stadium theater with a wild atmosphere of fans cheering. Cada defeated Darvin Mood heads-up. Cada had been playing online for five years previously, amassing hundreds of thousands playing cash games online before his remarkable Main Event win. Joe Cada was born November 18, 1987 in Shelby Charter Township, Michigan where he still resides when not traveling for poker.

Things you might not know:
  • Cada is from a family of card enthusiasts although his parents initially disapproved of his becoming a poker pro.
  • Cada's mother is a blackjack dealer.
  • Cada is a big University of Michigan fan.
  • Cada enjoys playing indoor soccer in his down time away from poker.
  • Cada's agent dubbed him "The Kid" and he has also taken on the role as a statesman of the profession in the media and political circles, where he is a proponent of legalization of gambling.
  • Cada started playing online poker at about the age of 16.
  • Cada shared an account with his brother, but bust their account on PartyPoker.
  • Cada then moved to UltimateBet and developed into a 6max and Heads-Up specialist with great success.
  • Cada dropped out of Macomb Community College when he realized school wasn't for him, but poker was.
  • Cada was averaging playing over 2,000 hands a day prior to heading out to Las Vegas for the 2009 World Series of Poker.
  • Cada has always concentrated on cash games online and considers Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan his favorite players.
  • Cada earned over $550k online in the year prior to his Main Event win.
  • Cada went on a $150k downswing prior to the WSOP in 2009 and need to get a backer for the series.
  • Poker pros and financiers Eric Haber and Cliff Josephy paid for all Cada's WSOP tournament entrances in exchange for half of all his winnings.
  • Cada cashed in two events for roughly $28k prior to playing the main event.
  • Cada was the tournament chip leader after playing Day 1C, but came into the final table in fifth position.
  • Cada earned a $1 million contract, prior to his final table victory, with PokerStars that pays for all of his hotels, travels, and some of his buy-ins.
  • Cada was the most active player at the final table. Once getting down to just 4 big blinds, but then he won several all-in double ups to regain momentum.
  • Cada's final hand was 9's versus the suited QJ of Darvin Moon on the 88th heads-up hand.
  • Cada had to do roughly three hours of interviews, photos and autographs after his all night playing win.
  • Cada had about 100 friends who flew out to Las Vegas to support him at the November final table.
  • Cada outlasted 5000 players in the 2010 WSOP Main Event but didn't make the money.

Joe "jcada99" Cada has handled his responsibilities as a poker ambassador well for someone so young. His results have suffered, which he claims is simply variance, but he is currently deep in the 2011 WSOP Event #46 that will be the first event to award over $1 million to the winner in this series.

Three videos; one of the WSOP Heads-up battle with Darvin Moon, Cada's appearance on David Letterman and an interview with Cada well before the final table:

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