WSOP 2014: Joe Cada wins second bracelet, $670,000
It's been a very long time since someone did what Joe Cada just did. For years, Main Event winners like Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, and Joe Hachem (and every one after them) have been fighting to capture gold in a bottle a second time. Cada has just done it. He became the first WSOP Main Event champion to win another bracelet since Carlos Mortensen did it in 2003.
When you go to Vegas early in your life, you expect you will come out of it better than you arrived. You land with a backpack full of confidence. You often leave with some dirty clothes, and if you're lucky, a few good memories.
Joe Cada it played it differently. He simply started out winning. In 2009, he was 21 years old when he won the WSOP Main Event for $8.5 million. He's spent the intervening years trying to reclaim what that first time felt like.
"I didn't adjust well enough to my new image and how people were playing against me after I won. It was hard to get away with certain things as I had before, such as playing an aggressive style," he said. "But I was able to adapt after that and have done decently at the WSOP since."
In the years since, he's finished fourth twice and runner up once in WSOP events. He called them good summers, and they are by most folks' standards. Nevertheless, once you have won a bracelet, the only other thing to do at the WSOP is win another. That's simply not easy.
What's more, Cada did it the hard way. This was not a $1,500 NLHE event he won. This was the $10,000 Six-Max championship. He beat 2012 November Niner Jeremy Ausmus heads-up after making it through a final table that included the likes of Max Silver, JC Tran, and Erick Lindgren. Cada's efforts earned him $670,041
Cada is not a rounder like many of today's bracelet winners. You'll see him at live tournaments, but he's happier at home or as close to it as possible. He's been heading up to Canada to play online, but he's also been thinking about other adventures.
"I've always wanted to teach. I've also wanted to coach soccer. I find teaching others exciting and fun, and of course you learn, too, as you teach, which can make it even more enjoyable and rewarding," he said yesterday.
With that in mind, Cada is on tap to teach a class with fellow champions Greg Raymer and Greg Merson later this summer. I'd bet that class gets a few more sign-ups after today's news.
Congrats, Joe, on getting a bracelet for your other wrist.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging