It’s been almost a decade since Joe Cada registered his monumental win at the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. Cada turned up at the 2018 WSOP and just five days into tournament, he stirred things up after winning his third WSOP gold bracelet.
The Kid Grows Up
The American poker pro, who has been dubbed “The Kid,” has been playing poker full-time since he was 15. Poker fans will not forget his poker debut in 2009 when he became the youngest poker player to ever win the WSOP Main Event at the age of 21?
In an interview last year, The Kid revealed that although he has been playing poker since he was 15, he never really planned for poker to become his main source of livelihood. But by the time he was 18, he decided to quit his job and play online poker full-time. He was making good money and by 19, he was able to get his first house and pay it off.
Looking back at his history on the live circuit, his 2009 victory was his debut both into the live scene and the WSOP circle of title holders. He won a total of $8,546,435 for that Main Event win, although half of it went to a financial backer who helped him with buy-ins to the 2009 WSOP.
After his win at the 2009 WSOP, Joe Cada continued his momentum in online and live events, cashing in on final tables and bagging titles in several tournaments. In 2014, he again made a nice cash by winning his second gold bracelet at the 45th WSOP. He was able to take home a nice $670,041 after dominating the $10,000 NLH Six Handed event.
WSOP: Always On His Mind
After years of steady play and income, The Kid reveals that at one point, he felt burned out by what he was doing and decided to take a break from playing poker. He took a break to spend time tending to his father Jerry who recently suffered a stroke and also went on a much-needed vacation with his girlfriend.
The Kid has always been fascinated with the WSOP. He had a decent run at 2016 WSOP, where he cashed in on six events and did better at the 2017 WSOP, where he cashed in on seven events. So it was an easy decision for Cada to make plans to show up at the 2018 WSOP.
Starts 2018 WSOP With A Bang
Cada has not been playing a lot on the live poker scene in recent times and felt a bit rusty coming into this year’s WSOP. However that hasn’t slowed him down in anyway as he quickly showed that his skills are as sharp as ever when he made it to the final table of the $10,000 NLH – Super Turbo Bounty (Event #2) and won $27,582 and then went on to win the $3,000 NLH Shootout (Event #3) for $226,218 along with his third WSOP gold bracelet.
The Kid says that he even surprised himself with the Shootout victory since he didn’t get many hands at the start of the game, and was pretty “card-deaf” for a while. But as he entered the 10-player final table, he began turning the odds until he finally beat Sam Phillips in heads-up play. Phillips took $139,804 for his efforts. Joe McKeehen, who took the chip lead at the start of the final table, finished third with $101,766.
Cada Will Take A Break And Start Again
His third WSOP gold bracelet win has lit the fire in him once again. However, he has decided to take a small break to enjoy his win and relax for just a little bit. He plans on playing more events before jumping into the 2018 WSOP Main Event.
In a statement, The Kid said, “It’s not like I was ever planning on quitting for good. I just wanted a break, and luckily poker is one of those things where you can take a break. It’s not like a sport where you get out of shape or lose your touch.”

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