When Joe Cada won the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, he was the target of criticism. The young kid from Detroit was dragged through the mud for "running like god" on the biggest stage in poker, but in the last decade, few Main Event champions have put up WSOP results at the Rio like Cada has.
The ’09 champ fell just short of winning his second bracelet in 2012, finishing runner-up to Carter Phillips, and he finished in fourth place twice in 2013. Cada couldn’t be held back any longer, and on Monday he topped a very impressive final table to win Event #32: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship, his second gold bracelet, and $670,041.
Since Carlos Mortensen, Cada becomes the most recent Main Event champion to win a bracelet after winning the biggest tournament in poker. Joe Hachem is the only other champion to get to heads-up play — the Aussie lost to Dutch Boyd in a $2,500 six-handed event in 2006.
Cada is the 10th previous bracelet winner to win at the 2014 WSOP, and he defeated a fellow bracelet winner heads up; Jeremy Ausmus. Ausmus, who won a pot-limit Omaha event at the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe, earned $414,104 for his second-place finish. Ausmus and Cada flipped for 93% of the chips in play on Hand #107, and Cada’s pocket eights held against Ausmus’ ace-jack suited. Ausmus was able to find a small double up not too long after, but on the final hand he ran pocket jacks into Cada’s pocket queens.
Max Silver, JC Tran, Erick Lindgren, and Dario Sammartino also reached this stacked, and very swingy final table. Silver and Sammartino were the only non-bracelet winners, and they exited in third and sixth places, respectively. Silver, who entered the day as the chip leader, tried a hero call with second pair against Cada’s top pair during four-handed play, then moved all in out of the small blind with ten-high. Cada called with an ace, and held.
In a bit of foreshadowing, Sammartino exited with jacks against the pocket queens of Ausmus.
Lindgren, who won the $5,000 buy-in variant of this event in 2013, took the chip lead with two tables remaining, but couldn’t get anything going at the final table. Like Silver, he jammed in a blind-versus-blind scenario with ten-high, and it was Silver who called with king-high. The Brit's hand held up, and Lindgren left the stage.
Tran floated with an average-to-below-average stack throughout Day 3, and busted in fourth place in a flip with ace-queen against Ausmus’ pocket jacks.
The day began with 13 players, and the players who fell before the final table were Layne Flack, Lee Markholt, Scott Clements, Hiren “Sunny” Patel, George Danzer, Kyle White, and Martin Jacobson. Patel five-bet shoved with ace-jack and was called by Ausmus, who turned over ace-king. There was a jack in the window of the flop, but it was followed by a king, and Patel failed to improve on the turn or the river. Jacobson reached the feature stage, making the unofficial final table of seven, but he was unable to run up his short stack before being busted by Sammartino holding a weak ace against the Italian’s pocket tens.
That does it for our coverage of Event #32: $10,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em Championship. PokerNews will be on hand to cover all of the events here at the 45th Annual World Series of Poker, so be sure to keep your browser right here.
Until then, good night from Las Vegas!