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Joe Cada: 'It’s Been a Whirlwind So Far'
It’s been a little over a month since 21-year-old Joe Cada became the youngest Main Event winner in World Series of Poker history.
And apparently it’s been quite a ride.
“It’s been a whirlwind so far,” Cada told PokerListings on a break from play at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas Monday, his first major tournament since booking the $8,546,435 win in November.
“I’m still trying to get used to things. It’s just a lot of media requests and stuff.”
With mainstream media appearances on CNN American Morning and The Late Show with David Letterman in the month since the Main Event table played out, Cada has certainly been busy.
But the Shelby Township, Michigan native doesn’t appear to mind.
“It’s been pretty good,” he said. “I don’t get as much sleep as I used to, but it’s not so bad. I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of famous people, so that’s cool.”
The one thing the college dropout turned Team PokerStars Pro hasn’t had much time to do, is ply his trade.
“I’ve played online here and there, but I really haven’t had that much time to play,” he said.
He also hasn’t had much time to spend his winnings.
“I haven’t really done anything with the money,” he explained. “I gave my family some money, but that’s about it.”
A WSOP Main Event title seems to bring more than fame and riches to those who win it, as a seemingly inevitable debate over the newly crowned champion’s skills ensues.
Cada made a miraculous comeback from a severe short stack seven-handed to win the Main Event, getting lucky in several spots.
And although detractors have criticized his win as pure luck, Cada seems to take it all in stride.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” he said. “I did get lucky at the final table, but I’m not really mad about the way I played the hands. Sometimes that’s just what happens.”
Rather than focus on the negative, Cada is simply taking the time to further his personal goals and those of the game he loves.
“It’s been pretty cool so far,” he said. “I’ve just been doing my best to help poker grow and be the best ambassador that I can.”
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