A 21-year-old online poker whiz kid from Michigan early today became the youngest person ever to win the game’s richest and most prestigious tournament: the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Joseph Cada, whose previous poker winnings enabled him to pay cash for his first home at age 19, added more than $8.5 million to his bankroll with the record-setting win.
Cada, of Shelby Township, took the title by outlasting Darvin Moon, a 46-year-old self-employed logger from Western Maryland. With his victory, Cada dethroned last year’s champion, 22-year-old Peter Eastgate, as the youngest-ever Main Event winner.
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Nine days shy of his 22nd birthday, this was the first World Series of Poker that Cada was eligible to play in.
"I’ve dreamed of winning this tournament, and to do it the first year out of the gate is unbelievable," Cada said after his victory. "This is just amazing."
The heads-up competition for the championship began at 10 p.m., West Coast time, and went back and forth throughout the night, with the chip lead changing multiple times.
Cada finally clinched the win at about 2 a.m., after 87 hands. Moon moved all in with Queen of Diamonds/Jack of Diamonds, but Cada’s pair of nines held up for the $8.5 million top prize.
Moon took home a consolation prize of more than $5.1 million for his second-place finish.
"It’s only money," Moon said with a smile after the event. "The more you win, the more you owe to the government. I play for the game."
ESPN will air its coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table tonight (November 10) at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific.
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