Did you see the Final Table, World Series of Poker event on ESPN?
Pretty awesome stuff. Congratulations to Joe Cada, 21, who defeated Darvin Moon,? to become the youngest World Series of Poker Main Event champion in the tournament’s 40-year history.
Cada takes home $8,547,042 and the World Series of Poker Main Event world championship bracelet.
Joe Cada came into the final table with a decisive advantage over his opponent, however about an hour into the heads-up match, Moon’s aggressive play remedied his chip deficiency, even putting him in a commanding lead at one point with 149 million in chips to Cada’s 49 million.
“well you got to take the man’s game away from him,? said Moon of his aggressive strategy.? “use the man’s game and see where he goes.?
However all was not lost for the young poker pro from Shelby Township, MI.
A bit of light shone for Cada after a river gave him a straight and a hefty 20 million in chips.
Then, back in the driver’s seat, Cada never looked back.? The final hand saw the two remaining players all-in pre-flop with Cada’s pocket nines versus Moon’s Q-J suited.
The flop came 8c-2c-7s improving neither players’ hand, while a king on the turn and another 7 on the river ended Moon’s spectacular run and catapulted Joe Cada into poker superstardom.
While a lot has been said about Moon’s humility and indifference to the fame and fortune that comes with poker celebrity, he was adamant about his intentions on winning it all.
“oh hell yeah, $3 million dollars, what do you mean what’s the difference?? replied Moon when asked if there was a big difference to him between first and second. “am I sad about it? Am I depressed? Hell no.? For his second place finish, Moon earned $5,182,928.
A tearful Cada gave a nod to his opponent and addressed the crowd after WSOP commissioner, Jeffrey Pollack presented him with poker’s most coveted prize.
“i”ve dreamed of winning this tournament,” he said afterwards. “Aand to do it the first year out of the gate is unbelievable. This is just amazing.?