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Poker Prodigies Series – Joe Cada

by Craig Edwards
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For our fifth instalment of the Poker Prodigy Series, our featured player is Joe Cada, who still holds the record as the youngest ever WSOP Main Event champion at twenty-one years old when he won the 2009 renewal.

Born in Michigan, Cada was privy to card games from an early age, when his mother, Ann, was a Blackjack dealer at the local casino.

Joe Cada’s Journey to World Champion

Like Stu Ungar and Doyle Brunson, Joe Cada’s journey towards his 2009 WSOP Main Event win was not without several bumps in the road.

Differently from those others, Cada’s early journey was done mainly when, during those initial years, he shared online poker accounts with his brother, Jerome. Twice, he staked those accounts and twice he lost the lot in those early years.

By the time Cada won the WSOP Main Event, he was a well-known player on the computer screens with his PokerStars identity jcada99, having earned over $500,000 profit online.

Poker Prodigies Series Joe Cada

Sadly, prior to the WSOP series of 2009, he suffered a downswing of $150,000, which meant he required a backer for the Series. Happily, well-known professional poker financiers, Eric Haber and Cliff Josephy, stepped up for a 50% return on his winnings. What a good timing that was when Cada’s first prize in 2009 was over $8,500,000.

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Joe Cada Has Proved His Pedigree Since

Since Cada sprung to prominence, he has gone on to achieve plenty more:

  • Three more bracelets at the WSOP.
  • The 2014 $10,000 No Limit Hold’em short-handed.
  • The 2018 $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout.
  • The 2018 $1,500 No Limit Hold’em closer event.

Remarkably, in that year, 2018, Cada made his second Main Event Final Table from nearly 8,000 entrants and unsurprisingly won the “Player of the Year” award.

Cada Led the Calls for Legal Change on the Gambling Laws

After his 2009 triumph, Cada became something of an online ambassador and began promoting the historic change in the gambling laws of the time, saying he supported the rights of individuals to play online poker, stating, “it’s not about luck, it’s about logic, it’s about decision making and math.”

Cada has taken a step back recently from the game. However, is a return imminent?

Recent seasons have seen Joe Cada take a break from the grind of travelling for tournament poker and he recently said, “I am just a homebody kind of guy, and the more time goes on, the less I feel the need to play. I’m not a big traveller for MTTs

Recently though, in 2023, after encouragement from his wife, he resurfaced and was seen running deep in the $10,000 2023 WPT World Championship and no one knows how to run deep in those big entry events like Joe Cada.

Joe Cada Final Thoughts

Joe Cada is the most recent prodigy of our series in professional poker and we charted his rise through the online poker ranks to the 2009 WSOP Main Event champion.

That rise was in keeping with the ups and downs of playing cards for a living. Those downswings saw his online accounts bare in his early years and he endured a $200k slump prior to his 2009 win.

Straight after his win, Cada took up a role of ambassador to online poker, promoting the idea that it was everyone’s right to be able to play on the internet, citing that poker was, “not about luck, it’s about logic, it’s about decision making and math.

His reputation as a top tournament player was enhanced by three further WSOP bracelets, two of which came in 2018, a year he also reached the WSOP Main Event Final Table (final ten players) again from nearly 8000 entrants.

Unsurprisingly, that year Joe Cada was “WSOP Player of the Year” but rather surprisingly, since his forays into live tournament poker have been far and few between stating he is a “homebody kind of guy” these days.

However, in late 2023 after his wife’s urgings, he entered the $10,000 entry WPT World Championship and ran deep.

At Joe Wager, we know tournament poker can be a brutal grind, but once Cada’s batteries are fully recharged, we expect him back doing what he is best at, winning Poker’s biggest events both live and online!

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Craig Edwards
Craig Edwards, an online tipster in golf and snooker for over four years, boasts a track record of 7800 bets with a 28% return on investment. A snooker professional from 1988 to 1996, he was once a single-figure handicap golfer. Achieving the 282nd position in the WSOP MAIN EVENT in 2007, Craig possesses a unique insight into the psychological shifts of professional sportsmen, anticipating their mindset week by week.

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