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Hungry for More: Cada Returns to WSOP
When Joe Cada walked into the WSOP one year ago, he was one amongst thousands of the unknown faces in the field.
Things have changed just a bit one year later for Cada.
Since becoming the 2009 Main Event champion, Joe Cada has been one of the most visible names and faces in poker, serving as an ambassador for the game and making numerous media outlets.
Now Cada is drawing attention wherever he goes at the WSOP 2010. We caught up with Cada just after he busted out of the $1.5k No-Limit event.
He was signing an autograph for a female fan at the time.
"It's been pretty welcoming," Cada said of the reception he's gotten at this year's WSOP. "I'm off to a rough start so far but there are plenty of tournaments."
The 22-year-old Michigan native was easy to spot in the Pavilion Room, despite a field of 2,563 entrants.
Hundreds of tournament tables go unnoticed when the field gets that large, but Cada's spot at Table #113 had plenty of observers on hand, as media and fans alike want to get a look at the champ.
Cada, who says he plans on playing 25 events at the WSOP this year, says he hasn't gotten anything too weird yet.
"People have been pretty normal for the most part," Cada said. "Just hellos and stuff like that."
Much like his predecessor, 2008 Main Event champ Peter Eastgate, Cada made the mainstream media rounds after his win, which made the then-21-year-old Cada the youngest WSOP Main Event champion ever.
His heads-up finale against runner-up Darvin Moon is already one of the most talked about finals in WSOP history.
The WSOP is paying homage to Cada's victory by placing his 2009 Champion banner right at the front of Convention Way, the centerpiece of a gallery of WSOP memorabilia that also includes a giant mural of Cada vs. Moon at the Main Event final table with the signature mountain of cash between them.
Although Cada was eliminated from Event 11 $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em today, he will have the rest of the summer to prove that he was no one-hit wonder.