Joe Cada Doubles Bracelet Tally to Four at 2018 WSOP

Joe Cada Doubles Bracelet Tally to Four at 2018 WSOP

Joe Cada has truly provided the outstanding story of the 2018 World Series of Poker, having captured a gold bracelet at the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout for $226,218, and last weekend finishing the Main Event in 5th place for a huge $2.15 million payday.

Nevertheless, the 30 year-old pro was not content to leave it there, and has rounded off a remarkable Series by taking down Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold’em for $612,886. Commenting upon an astounding performance, that now increases his bracelet tally to four, Cada stated:

“I’ve been running good and deep in every tournament, and the tournaments I busted, I feel good about how I played. I haven’t played many tournaments this summer, and I’m kind of upset that I didn’t play more, but it feels good to close it out.”

Cada and Deeb Double-Bracelet Winners

Since 1999, the WSOP had seen at least one player win two bracelets or more throughout the Series. Despite the 2018 WSOP producing one of the most dominant performances by the pros ever seen, however, the competition looked like it was on the brink of ending that impressive run.

A few days ago, and with just a handful of events left, perennial champ Shaun Deeb then followed up his victory at $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha for $1,402,683 by taking down the Big Blind Antes $10,000 NLHE 6-Handed Championship for $814,179. All together, Deeb has now cashed 15 times for $2,455,600 at the 2018 WSOP, placing the 4-times bracelet winner atop the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard on 4,386.84 points.

Cada, on the other hand, has cashed seven times at this year’s WSOP for $3,025,439, representing his second best yearly earnings since taking down the Main Event in 2009 for $8,546,435. Nevertheless, he says that he may not attend the WSOP Europe later this year as he is still a good distance behind Shaun Deeb in the Player of the Year race

“It just goes to show how good some summers end up and how good some of these players are,” explained Cada.

WSOP $1,500 The Closer NLHE

WSOP $1,500 The Closer NLHE attracted a huge field of 3,120 players, resulting in a prize pool of $4,212,000. Among the recognizable pros finishing in one of its 457 money spots was Joe Kuether in 76th ($6,365), Bertrand Grospellier in 52nd ($10,933), Allen Kessler in 36th ($16,392), Martin Jacobson in 34th ($16,392), Ben Zamani in 22nd ($20,336), and Martin Finger in 13th ($32,115).

After the final table of nine had been reached, Cada (8-8) busted Richard Ali (4-4) in 4th, while India’s Paawan Bansal (Q-Q) eliminated Jeffrey Tanouye (10-8) in 3rd to usher in heads-up play for the title.

Joe Cada vs Paawan Bansal

The final battle lasted just one hand, though, with Bansal (9d-8d) raising preflop to 2.2m, Cada (10h-10d) 3-betting to 7m, resulting in a 4-bet all-in from his opponent that Cada quickly called. The 9s-5h-2c flop produced a number of outs for Bansal, but any notions that he might steal Cada’s thunder at this year’s WSOP were quickly dispelled after the turn and river came 10s and 10c to end the Michigan born player’s tournament on quads.

Furthermore, the final table took just three hours to complete from beginning to end as the tournament structure meant that the top stacks had roughly just 20 big blinds going into the final table.

Final Table Results

1: Joe Cada $612,886
2: Paawan Bansal $378,765
3: Jeffrey Tanouye $278,774
4: Richard Ali $206,813
5: Eric Afriat $154,660
6: Richard Cox $116,595
7: Jimmy Poper $88,615
8: Brayden Gazlay $67,904
9: Joshua Turner $52,465

Poker Community Response

Following his remarkable 2018 WSOP, a number of Cada’s peers took to social media to congratulate him, and express their awe at his achievement. One of them was Joey Ingram, who tweeted:

“If I busted the Main Event in 5th place, I would leave my bed for a week. @cada99 registers the next $1500 event instead and WINS it for his second bracelet this year.. what a sicko”

Echoing the sentiment, Mike Matusow, a 4-times WSOP bracelet winner himself, wrote:

“Wow @cada99 plays 8 days in main and then bounces into the closer and is about to win his 4th bracelet and 2nd if summer! Can you say beast! #wsop2018”