Leading up to the 2009 WSOP Main Event final table, all the run-good went Darvin Moon‘s way. He played well, but he caught every card along the way.
The Run-Good GodsTM shifted their allegiance away from Moon at the final table, and particularly during heads-up play, as Joe Cada hit (or his opponent’s missed) everything. Cada could’ve played with one hole card. He was on fire.
Thanks in part to the run-good, Cada became the youngest ever Main Event champ. Some tough years and struggles came after the win. Rumors abound. He only managed one single live tournament cash in 2010. 2011 wasn’t much better, as he earned less than $100,000 in live events.
Things began to rebound by 2012. Cada finished second in a 2,811 entrant WSOP event for over $400,000. In 2013, he bagged two fourth place WSOP finishes.
On Monday, Cada broke through, defeating a stacked final table in Event #32 ($10,000 NLH Six-Handed). The win gave Cada his second WSOP bracelet and earned him $670,041. Cada defeated another November Niner and bracelet winner, Jeremy Ausmus ($414,104) heads-up for the title.
Max Silver finished third ($273,646); the spectacularly-breasted J.C. Tran fourth ($185,971); and Erick Lindgren fifth ($129,192).
Get a full recap here.
Other WSOP news, in brief…
:: Event #33 ($1,000 NLH) – The starting field of 1,688 is down to a final table. Will Givens leads. Dutch Boyd is in third. Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #34 ($1,500 7CS) – Down to six, former November Niner Eric Buchman is among the remaining. Daniel Negreanu finished 10th for $8,504. Get chip counts here.
:: Event #35 ($5,000 NHL 8-Handed) – The 550 person starting field is down to 170. First pays out $633,341. Big names are all over this leaderboard, with Sam Trickett and Dan Smith as the overnight big stacks. Get full chip counts here.