World Series Of Poker Final 2009: Joe Cada Becomes Youngest Ever Champion Aged 21

Joe Cada has become the youngest person ever to win the World Series Of Poker Main Event as the 21 year old eventually triumphed over his worthy opponent to take the title and the $8.55 million top prize.
Darvin Moon, who started playing poker just two years ago, and earned his seat at the WSOP via a satellite at a casino in Wheeling, West Virginia, receives $5.2 million as runner-up. 
As heads-up play resumed at 10 in the evening the action got off to a quick start with Moons picking up a big pot when his pocket Q’s ran over Cada’s pocket 9’s. With the stacks then fairly even the play stayed rather small ball until Moon managed to eek out a three to one chip lead by the first interval.
However, things were about to change after Moon with an open-ended straight draw, had Cada’s two pair all-in and the title in sight. Cada’s hand stood up, though, and he was then able to use his heads-up experience against an opponent who confessed to having played heads up only on one occasion before, to pull ahead to a healthy lead.
The decisive hand saw Cada make a button raise of 3m with pocket 9’s only to be re-raised to 8m by Moon holding QdJd. Cada’s all-in was then called by Moon and after the board produced 8c2c7sKh7c Cada was left with all the chips and the title of World Series Of Poker Main event champion 2009.
Moon commented on the final hand: “I knew where I was at.That was my shot to take a tremendous chip lead and I didn’t get it.”
The two players showed a great deal of class throughout the tournament with Cada thanking the crowd and paying homage to all the original November Niners. Cada also said he was amazed that Moon, with a complete lack of heads-up experience, was able to play so well.
“Darvin played really well,” Cada said. “He mixed it up really well and put me in some tough spots.”
For the down to earth logger who doesn’t even own a computer, this has truly been an adventure of a life time  and was the first time he had travelled to Las Vegas or even been on a plane. The overwhelming media attention did leave Moon feeling “uncomfortable as hell” at times and he said he was looking forward Friday to playing poker in his regular local $30 buy-in tournament. But before then there was something he had to do.
“I’ve got to be back to work Friday,” Moon said. “I’ve got a piece of timber I’ve got to buy.”

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