WSOP 2012: Cada leads in hunt for Team Pro's first bracelet
Eighteen people stand between one-time WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada and his second gold bracelet. Today, Cada will return to the Rio as the chip leader in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event. He has nearly three times the average chip stack and a bit of experience in using that kind of thing to his advantage. If he manages to come out on top tonight, it will win him more than $660,000 and Team PokerStars Pro's first bracelet of 2012.
Earlier this year, Cada won $175,000 in a $2,000 side event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and picked up his biggest score since his $8.5 million 2009 WSOP championship. Today he could earn as little as $19,012 or as much as $664,130. A fourth place finish would make him the top earner on Team PokerStars Pro in this year's WSOP.
What's more, Cada has a shot at becoming the third 2009 November Niner to win a gold bracelet since his time the Penn and Teller Theater.
Over the weekend, WSOP guru and numbers maven Jessica "Mother" Welman (I may be the only one who calls her Mother...) was ruminating a bit about November Nine players on Twitter. After Ylon Schwartz won a bracelet this weekend, Welman pointed out he is the sixth November Niner to win a gold bracelet ater his Main Event final table (the others are Phil Ivey, Scott Montgomery, Eric Buchman, Michael Mizrachi, and Matt Jarvis)--a solid 16.6%.
Tonight, Cada could keep the streak going and become the seventh November Niner to pick up a bracelet since his big main event. What's more, he would be the first Main Event champion to win a second bracelet since 2001 champion Carlos Mortensen (he won a second bracelet in 2003).
All of that said, a lot can happen with 19 players left in an event. This is the deepest Cada has been in a WSOP event since he won the Main in 2009. He knows better than anybody that big leads can evaporate in a matter of minutes.
Good luck tonight, Joe. Let's see if you can give Mother Welman some more numbers to crunch.