After an extended summer of inner-tubing and boogie boarding, Cada will set his sights on top prize but, in the most unexpected turn at this year's final table, something will go horribly awry.
Coming in with just over 13 million chips he will be fairly comfortable relative to the blinds but the effects of excess sun will soon prove costly.
Unable to acclimatize physically and mentally to the air conditioned surroundings and the extensive media blitz, young Joseph will make some decisions he otherwise wouldn't make. Something feels wrong.
Friends, family and fans become uneasy when they notice him paying more attention to the patterns on his chips and the texture of the felt than to the action at the table.
Unbeknownst at the time, the cream of mushroom soup he had for breakfast contained more than what he bargained for.
What would later be investigated as high-stakes sabotage was found to be nothing more than an ill-timed prank executed by a member of the kitchen staff. The buffet soup, consumed by over 400 guests that day, was spiked with some of his own more 'potent' mushrooms.
The effect and timing of this psilocybin-induced hallucination will cost Joseph Cada a shot at $8.5M and send the mischievous Rio kitchen cook on the express train to unemployment town.
That night Rio staff would go on to report an unprecedented amount of compliments for having nice carpets.
At the table an uncontrollable tremble takes over his hands and betting without shaking becomes unbearably embarrassing for all in attendance. Seasoned vets Jeff Schulman and Phil Ivey begin to salivate like hyenas stalking a wounded gazelle.
He should be commended for sticking it out but it doesn't last long. A bugged-out Joseph Cada finishes the WSOP Main Event 9th place.
Update: Cada wins the 2009 WSOP Main Event! Joe Cada has defeated Darvin Moon heads-up for the title and become the youngest WSOP champ in history - while simultaneously making Ronnie Schwartz the worst prognosticator in poker!
On both counts, we salute him. See a full recap of the heads-up match and Cada's first thoughts about becoming the WSOP champion right here.
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