About Joseph Cada
At the age of 21, Joe Cada overcame all odds to win the biggest poker tournament in the world.
The Michigan native outlasted 6,493 players to win 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event for over $8 million and become the youngest winner in the tournament’s history.
At a final table headlined by Phil Ivey, Jeff Shulman and working class hero Darvin Moon, Cada seemed to be stuck in the shadows leading up to the final table.
It was another story when the final table actually playead out as Cada’s aggressive play earned him a seat heads-up against Darvin Moon, despite being down to just four big blinds at one point. Thanks to a combination of skill and luck Cada took 135 million chips into heads-up.
Eventually Cada secured his place in history by landing the knockout blow against Moon with pocket nines against the logger’s Q-J.
Cada’s mother was a blackjack dealer and even at a young age he started showing a knack for card games.
He started playing online poker at just 16 years old and by the time the 2009 WSOP rolled around he had already played millions of hands online.
The 21-year-old won approximately $400,000 playing online under the alias jcada99 before the 2009 WSOP.
A strong advocate of poker player’s rights, Cada has spoken on numerous occasions about his support for the legalization and regulation of online poker. After winning the 2009 WSOP Main Event did interviews with a number of mainstream media outlets including The Late Show with David Letterman.
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