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Joe Cada On Winning His Second Gold Bracelet

Tags: 2009 Main Event, gold bracelet, Joe Cada, world series of poker, WSOP.
Posted on 24 July 2014 by "T".

In 2009, at the age of 21, Joe Cada became the youngest Main Event winner ever after besting a field of 6,494 players. Many doubted that Cada was a serious poker player after the big win, but he probably silenced some of the critics when he took down Event #32: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship this summer.

Curious to know what the Team PokerStars Pro thinks about winning a second gold bracelet or/and what strategy he used to win Event #32 this summer? If the answer is yes, then we recommend that you read his latest blog! Enjoy! 


The second time around

I'm not sure any other win will ever top my experience in the 2009 Main Event, but taking down my second World Series of Poker bracelet this summer comes pretty close. I had a second-place finish in 2012 and two fourths last year, and it feels really good to notch another win. It was also exciting to see Team Pro do so well this year. George Danzer won two bracelets, Vanessa Selbst won her third one and Daniel Negreanu got two seconds, one of them in the One Drop. It's esteemed company to say the least.
I got off to a really good start on Day 1 of the $10k six-max. At the end of the day, the average stack was around 70,000 and I bagged up 105,000 or so. Day 2 started out smoothly and I was able to chip up to about 150,000 without playing any big pots. Then I got stuck in neutral for a while. I was seated at a super-aggressive table with the top two chip stacks in the tournament, one of whom was a total maniac. And the maniac was actually picking up good hands! I bled down to around 70,000 and was one of the short stacks on the money bubble when this utterly insane hand unfolded.

The blinds were 2,000/4,000 and the hijack opened for 8,500. A really aggressive player named Wade Townsend made a huge three-bet to 31,000 from the big blind and the action folded back to the initial raiser. He made it 65,000 to go and Townsend five-bet to 140,000. The hijack called and the flop came 8-3-3. Townsend bet out 90,000 and the hijack quickly called. Then the turn came a 7 and Townsend jammed for 180,000. The guy in the hijack tanked for a really long time (it was the stone bubble) and eventually folded. Townsend showed complete air... K-6 offsuit.

Hands like that were par for the course on this table. Every single pot was contested. I can't recall a single hand where someone simply raised and took down the blinds--there was always a reraise. In order to counter this aggressive table I tightened up my opening range, but played back a lot lighter when I got reraised. The strategy worked out and within an hour of the money bubble bursting I was the chip leader.

The final table was as tough as they come. Three of the six of us had made the November Nine before. I was poking fun at J.C. Tran because the last time we played together was during the '09 Main Event and I knocked him out with about 100 players remaining. I needled him a little about it and he joked he was going to start shooting spitballs at my poster! It's definitely different playing a final table with that giant picture of my 21 year-old self hanging in the background.

People keep asking me if I feel like this second bracelet validates me as a player. I don't look at it that way. If I lost one flip I could have busted out of this tournament instead of winning it. Does that make me a worse or better player? I don't think so. I've been playing poker for some time now and while I don't claim to be the best in the world, I'm confident in my abilities and I've been successful for many years. Maybe a second bracelet just puts a little exclamation point on it.

source: pokerstarsblog

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10 comments on "Joe Cada On Winning His Second Gold Bracelet"

 klash2324/07/2014 14:18:35 GMT
Interesting read,that final table sounded like a challenge to say the least.I don't think that you need to validate yourself as a good player if you have won the WSOP main event,that title is not a title you can fluke by getting a good start or an easy table.
 Heskor24/07/2014 14:22:48 GMT
Cheers mate finally he get his second one, the first one is always hard but the second one will be the hardest and so on, because poker keep changing and you have to adapt to new styles all the time and new players to be able to make it in the poker world, except maybe for SNG where push/fold once mastered can get you very far. Anyway congratulations to Joe Cada for taking out the event 32 and hope he adds another to his name and go on to a hot streak!
 mahdrof24/07/2014 15:30:42 GMT
I don't think there was ever a doubt that Joe Cada is a "serious" player, but there was a lot of doubt as to his poker abilities. Hopefully for him this win will quiet his doubters, he seems like a nice person and has already gone further in poker than most people will in their entire lives.
 LIKEIT2725/07/2014 10:13:23 GMT
a WIN IS A WIN Congrats Joe
 doubletop77725/07/2014 10:13:51 GMT
I can imagine that he was over the moon to prove the doubters wrong when he won this second bracelet. I think that he is a very good player and i hope he can win another one soon
 JOHN_EVR_PT25/07/2014 12:50:10 GMT
nice Smile
 Fakiry25/07/2014 23:41:10 GMT
It's too soon to advance with such comment, but we never know when we are facing one of the biggest poker promisses of nowadays. Things change quickly when people are young, and he can decide on leaving this life style like others have done while they were on the very positive side. But if he keeps this rythm, he can also turn into the youngest achiever of more bracelets. He probably still dreams with that too, time will tell what will happen, but he's on a good way for that!
 Mipetin27/07/2014 00:06:54 GMT
It really was a tough final table. It is always nice to see big winners and champions win more. At least i do.. it has some kind of history in the making feel to it Tongue
 Macubaas27/07/2014 06:09:59 GMT
Not just a final table, it was an pretty hard event overall, and as you all know many pros were eliminated pretty early in the game...

Joe is very young, he still has tons of time to prove a lot more in the live poker world!
 GrrrRistic30/07/2014 16:39:15 GMT
It's a great Joe is beck !!

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