Joe Cada, born 18th November 1987) is one of the world’s youngest and arguably best tournament poker players.
Learning poker from the age of 16, Joe Cada, nicknamed “the kid”, became the youngest player ever to win the WSOP Main Event in 2009, at the tender age of 21. He surpassed Peter Eastgate’s record in the process (winner of 2008 WSOP), who had likewise beaten Hellmuth’s record back when he was 24 and lifted the 1989 WSOP.
Joe Cada became a representative of Team PokerStars in 2009, shortly before his astounding main victory – snubbing both PokerHost and UltimateBet in the process. While primarily an online poker player with more than half a million dollars in winnings so far, the majority of Cada’s poker bankroll has come from the WSOP victory, in which he received around $8.5 million. Before the Main Event victory, Cada already achieved two other money finishes at the 2009 WSOP. This included 64th place in the $2,500 No Limit Holdem Event (earning $6,681), and 17th in the $1,500 No Limit Holdem Event (earning $21,533).
PokerStars Online Exploits
Born and raised in Michigan, Cada started playing online poker at about the age of 16. Starting at PartyPoker with freerolls (where he shared an account with his brother Jerome), Cada began making a nice career out of playing and even tried staking a few of his friends.
Around the time of his WSOP victory, Cada was said to be playing 2,000 hands per day online at PokerStars under his alias “jcada99”. Although having earned over $500,000 so far online, in the events precipitating the WSOP victor he was on the back of a $150,000 downswing. This necessitated him finding a financial backer for the WSOP, which came in the form of poker financiers Eric Haber and Cliff Josephy (who agreed to pay his online fees for half his winnings).
At the moment, Cada admits being a regular entrant to the massive Sunday tournaments running on major poker sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt (including the Sunday Million Guaranteed). Along with this, Cada spends some of his time on Absolute Poker (username: JCADA99).
Along with being a successful poker player, Cada has also been involved in the fight to free up online poker from US legislation. In a Time interview, Cada expressed his benevolent views towards poker, stating clearly it isn’t gambling: “I support the right to play poker online. Poker isn’t gambling. It’s a hobby, an activity, a game. It’s not about luck—it’s about logic, decision-making, math. We all should be able to play poker on the Web if we want to, and I believe that making it illegal strips us of our rights. This is an important issue, and hopefully we’ll see it resolved soon.”
Outside poker, Cada also enjoys playing soccer, and is in the means of purchasing a second home in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as possibly opening a bar in the region.