WSOP 2012: Cada banks biggest cash since 2009

wsop-130x100.pngJoe Cada was so close, he could smell the gold. He was close enough that the reflection from the bracelet could've blinded him. He was one player away from having a World Series of Poker gold bracelet for each wrist. In the end, he beat out more than 2,800 other players, but couldn't get past Carter Phillips.

No WSOP Main Event champion has won another gold bracelet since 2001 champ Carlos Mortensen won his second in 2003. Last night, Cada came very close to being the next. The 2009 WSOP main event champion and Team PokerStars Pro finished runner-up to Phillips in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event. Phillips took the bracelet. Cada was forced to be satisfied with $412,424.

Event #31 of the 2012 WSOP was the biggest open tournament of the Series so far this year. Cada's deep run marked his biggest cash since winning $8.5 million in the '09 WSOP Main Event.

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Cada at the Event #31 final table

While Cada is surely disappointed, his cash marks his biggest payday in a very long time. It also puts him on the top of Team PokerStars Pro for the 2012 WSOP. His closest competitor on Team Pro is Vanessa Selbst and her $182,019 in 2012 WSOP earnings.

Congratulations, Joe, on a great run for the gold. Now that you're freerolling the rest of the Series, how about you give us another deep run to sweat?

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker