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Joe Cada Wins WSOP Main Event!

Posted at 00:33 2009-11-12
The 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event has reached a thrilling conclusion and we have crowned poker’s newest World Champion – his name is Joe Cada.
 
Many predicted that Cada would have no problems overcoming the inexperienced Darvin Moon when heads-up play in the 2009 WSOP Main Event resumed today, but it turned out to be quite a ride.
 
After a ceremony congratulating the other seven “November Nine” members, play got underway at around 10:30pm local time at the Rio in Las Vegas, and it took just one hand for the fireworks to start. A raising war broke out on a {3s}{Ks}{2d} flop and when the {Ad} hit the turn, Cada checked over to Moon, who fired 10 million into the middle as the crowd closely sweated the action. Cada called rather quickly and the {Kc} fell on the river prompting both players to check. Moon showed down pocket queens which were good against Cada's nines giving Moon a huge boost in chips and momentum after just one hand.
 
Moon used this as a catalyst, as Cada seemed to be out of sorts playing against his hyper aggressive opponent. Each time Cada tried to play back at Moon, the logger from Maryland would fire right back, many times three-betting and four-betting his younger foe who many thought would be able to pick apart the less experienced Moon. At one point after a twenty minute break, Moon had taken down 14 of the 21 hands dealt.
 
Moon had regained the lead and Cada knew he had to make a stand. Cada, from the button, made it 3 million to go and Moon made the call. The flop came down {Tc}{5d}{9h} and both players checked. The {Td} repeated on the turn and brought about another check from Moon. Cada decided to test the waters with a bet of 3 million before Moon quickly announced he was all in, leaving Cada to make a decision for his World Series of Poker Main Event life. Cada took a sip of water as he patiently pondered the action. Finally, and quietly, Cada said, “I call,” revealing {Jh}{9d}. Moon flipped over {7s}{8s} and would need a six or a jack to claim the title. After a painful delay for television, the {3h} river was dealt and Cada regained the chip lead, with about 108 million in chips.
 
Cada extended that lead just a few hands later when his {9c}{Tc} rivered two pair on a {Td}{Ks}{7h}{8h}{9d} board. Moon mucked his hand upon seeing Cada had the winner, and was left with 74.7 million chips to Cada's 120.1 million.
 
Cada held the momentum and was pushing forward looking for the knock out blow. On the 364th hand of the final table, only eight hands after he doubled up, Cada seized the title.
 
Cada, from the button, made it 3 million to go, and Moon decided to pop it to 8 million to play. Cada re-checked his cards before deciding to move all-in. Moon, now facing a decision for his tournament life double-checked his own cards before making the call. When the cards were on their backs, ironically Cada flipped over the {9c}{9d}, showing pocket nines for the second time, the first being the first hand of the heads-up play. Moon, however only had the {Qd}{Jd} and suddenly we were flipping for the title!
 
It was absolute pandemonium inside the theatre. The crowd began jumping up and down in the balcony, everyone screaming cards they hoped to see on the flop. With the eyes of the poker world staring directly at the table, the dealer revealed the {8c}{2c}{7s}{Kh}{7c} board, leaving Cada with the winning hand and the title. A deafening roar echoed through the rafters as Joe Cada was swarmed by his friends and family in the crowd. Darvin Moon shook his head and paced slowly away from the table. Cada quickly came over to shake his hand, and the two men exchanged pleasantries before Moon's exit. After a truly legendary run for Moon, his Main Event was over.
 
World Series of Poker commissioner Jeffrey Pollack came to the stage and first congratulated Darvin Moon on his spectacular accomplishment before awarding the World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet to the twenty-one year old Cada. With tears in his eyes, the newest PokerStars sponsored World Series of Poker champion, Cada proudly held the bracelet above his head thanking his supporters and paying tribute to his competitor Darvin Moon.
 
Poker has a new champion, our youngest-ever World Champion, congratulations Joe Cada!

 

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