Pokerstars Joe Cada is the 41st and youngest winner of the WSOP Main Event. As this is the most prestigious poker tournaments, Joe's victory instantly propelled him to the top of the poker world.
Poker pro Joe Cada got a cool $8,546,435 prize for his sweat. And sweat is the appropriate word, as he had to defeat 6,494 other avid poker players in order to be the last man standing at the WSOP final table.
Joe Cada is the youngest player to achieve this prowess, and he is expected to keep his records for many years to come. Indeed the legal minimum gambling age in Nevada is 21 years old, and Joe won the event when he was 21 years and a half.
The only people who can take his record must compete and win the first year they are eligible, and be born either before June of after November 18th (which eliminates about half of all people). The previous year also saw the same record broken by Peter Eastgate who was 22 and a half. Previously the record was held for 19 years by poker prodigy Phil Hellmuth, who won in 1989 when he was 24.
Some people will say that this is a lot of luck, and there is no doubt that in order to defeat such a huge field of more than 6,000 players, luck has to be on the side of the winner. But skill, indeed a lot of skill, is also necessary to win this event. Joe Cada had luck on his side in particular at the final table, but he also has tremendous skills and he would never have won without the type of moves that he made.
It is quite clear that Joe has a lot of poker skills, given that he lives from online poker, and quite well at that. As he dropped from school to play online poker full time, he is one of the hyper aggressive poker players from the new generation, and he certainly knows all the tactical moves as well as the strategy required to win a large field tournament. Playing one's cards will not be enough, and one must make moves either to create a table image, to steal pots or to enter battles in order to increases one's stack.
At the final table, Joe Cada was quite lucky as he made big raises a few times with low pairs versus bigger hands, but chance was on his side as he flopped sets, winning large pots in the process.
After his victory, Joe Cada became part of Team Pokerstars as one of their featured pro. As a matter of fact PokerStars keeps on adding pros to their stable, and they now have a total of five WSOP champions: in addition to Joe, there is Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem and Peter Eastgate. A very impressive collection of top poker players.
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