Despite being the youngest player on the 2009 World Series of Poker final tables, Cada has taken it all in his stride like one of the most experienced professionals.
The 21-year-old poker professional hails from the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan.
It’s little wonder that Cada is relaxed when you consider he’s been playing the game for six years. His poker career started at just 15 playing online with his older brother. According to the popular story Cada got his start playing $2/$4 Limit Hold’em on Party Poker and developed a taste for the game from there.
“Taste” may be understating it. Playing online "jcada99" he has carved out enough results to support himself as a professional player. Cada has become a regular online cash game grinder with impressive results. He has also made a point of being a regular starter in the Sunday Majors and has found some decent results of late.
In January 2008, Joseph Cada took down the Full Tilt Poker $750k Guaranteed for US$147,500. He followed that up in October by winning the Full Tilt Sunday Mulligan for another US$49,600. In 2009 Cada has strung together some more impressive results including a second place finish in the Full Tilt $75k Guaranteed for US$14,500, and winning the $15k Guaranteed Super Turbo for $7,100.
Despite his tournament successes cash games are still Cada’s bread and butter.
“I’m primarily a cash-game, heads-up player, but I play tournaments on Sunday,” said Cada.
Cada has also made a point of playing regularly live. Living in Detroit has afforded the advantage of being able to cross the border into nearby Windsor, Canada to play in casino games that he is legally of age for. Hence this recently turned 21-year old has experience well beyond what his age would suggest.
His debut appearance at the World Series of Poker has been a whirlwind success. Cada cashed in two events before the Main Event. He grabbed his first result in Event #13 a US$2,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament where he placed 64th for US$6,681. He then bettered this in the US$1,500 buy-in Event #34 No Limit Hold’em event where he went close to a final table. He finished 17th in that event for US$21,533. Of course both of those achievements have now been dwarfed by his inclusion in the November Nine and a guarantee of at least one million dollars.
Cada is pretty relaxed and upbeat ahead of his November Nine appearance.
"I've played a lot of poker over the past month or so, so I'm going to enjoy the Michigan summer now. I feel very confident, but it is poker, I'm just going to do my best with the cards I'm dealt," said the young pro.
Cada comes into the final table with 13,215,000 in chips, to be sitting fifth. If he wins the title he will become the youngest main event champion of all-time, surpassing 2008 Main Event champion Peter Eastgate. One thing is certain Cada is drawing on far more experience than the average 21-year old, and that has to count for something.
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