Joseph Cada is the youngest member off the November Nine at only 21 years of age. Should this young prodigy go on to win the 2009 WSOP Main Event, Joe would still be 21 years of age, making him the youngest player in history to take down the championship. Just last year, Peter Eastgate set the record at the ripe age of 22. After playing online poker for a few years, and live poker at the Windsor, the Michigan native dropped out of college to pursue a career as a professional poker player. Even his mother now agrees, after some reluctance in the beginning, it was most definitely the right decision.
Name: Joseph / Joe Cada
DOB: November, 1987
Astrological Sign: N/A
Hometown: Shelby Township, Michigan
Total Live Tournament Winnings: $28,214
First Place Finishes: 0
Total Cashes: 2
WSOP Cashes: 2
Joe Cada made history in Las Vegas on July 15, 2009 when he became the youngest ever player in a WSOP Main Event. At just 21 years of age, Cada survived a strenuous 12-day battle amongst a field of 6,494 competitors to join the ranks of the November Nine. Joseph is currently the 5th place chip leader with 13,215,000.
Cada’s story is a relatively short, but intensely interesting one. He began as a very young boy, playing poker at home with his family. His older bother, Jerome Cada, taught him the game. At about 16 or 17 years of age, Jerome brought his bother in one an online poker game.
The two split a $25 stake and had brought it up to $100. Joe was terribly excited and ready to cash out, but the two continued playing. The bankroll rose to $250, and again they did not cash out. Joe ended up losing it all one night, and gave up playing online poker for half a year after.
Eventually, he returned to online poker, and this time, lost even more. Again, he quit for about six months. His next return to playing poker occurred about 2-3 years ago, and he hasn’t bottomed out yet.
Joseph Cada began playing live poker at the casino in Windsor while attending Macomb Community College. Since then, Joseph dropped out of college to pursue a career as a professional poker player. His mother, Anne Cada, encouraged him to continue taking classes, but he maintained that he can go back to school anytime he wants. She now agrees that his decision was the right one.
Cada went into the 2009 WSOP with no documented tournament cashes under his belt. On June 5th, he claimed his first in-the-money finish during Event #3, NL Hold-em, where a 64th place finish earned him $6,681. Eleven days later, Joseph Cada was seated at Event #34, also a NL Holdem event, where he whittled his way into 17th place before losing his last chip. That impressive finish brought him $21,533. One month after that, the unimaginable happened.
After almost nine hours of poker play Wednesday, July 15th, Joseph Cada and 8 other competitors, including 7-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey, became the sole survivors of the of 2009 WSOP Main Event to make up the November Nine. On November 7th, they will reconvene to play out the final table.
Cada is guaranteed to walk away with no less than $1,263,602, but like his skilled opponents, he is aiming for the top prize of $8,564,435. Should Cada go on to become the 2009 WSOP champion, he will become the youngest ever player to win the Main Event bracelet. Peter Eastgate took that honour last year, taking down the SOP at the ripe age of 22. Cada will still be 21 on November 10th when victor the World Series of Poker is finally decided.