The 21 year old PokerStars player Joe Cada outlasted some 6500 other players in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event to become the youngest WSOP champion in the history of the series. Younger than last year’s winner Peter Eastgate; younger than Phil Hellmuth was when he won the title some 20 years ago. With the victory, Cada’s career winnings total (previously about $500k) took an $8.5 million boost.
When final table play began, Cada sat fifth in chips and managed to survive a number of tight spots to make it to the heads-up finale against talented amateur Darvin Moon. With more than a 2 to 1 chip lead over Moon at the start of heads-up play, Cada actually gave up the lead within the first few hands. However, he managed to battle back and ultimately put the match away when his 9d-9c held up against Moon’s Q-J suited on the final hand. For his second place effort, Darvin Moon cashed more than $5 million.
Cada becomes the newest WSOP champion sponsored by PokerStars, joining previous Main Event winners Eastgate, Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker and Joe Hachem, all currently members of Team PokerStars. To play and chat with Joe Cada online, join PokerStars using this link and collect up to $600 in free bonus cash.