Joe Cada holds of Darvin Moon to become youngest WSOP champ ever
The statement appears odd, but the 21 year-old Cada held off his lesser experienced opponent, the 47 year-old Moon, to become the World Series of Poker’s youngest champion of all-time –eclipsing the mark set a year ago by 2008 champion Peter Eastgate.
Cada entered the heads-up duel with a seemingly insurmountable chip-lead, but all that vanished after the first hand: Darvin Moon made one of those unorthodox plays –limping and flat-calling a raise with pocket Queens– that can either win you a big pot, or more often than not, blow up in your face. Fortunately for Moon it paid off big time, as he added near 25 million chips to his stack when Cada showed pocket nines at the river.
At one point Moon had a 3-to-1 chip-lead over the online poker pro, until this hand occurred that turned the tide of the match: With the board reading 10-9-5-10 Cada bet his 3 million; Moon moved all-in, and Cada called for his remaining 50 million chips: Cada’s J9 was able to hold up against Moons 78.
A few hands later Moon once again displayed his ‘happy to just be here attitude’ when he insta-called an all-in re-raise with QJs: Cada’s pocket Nines –the hand he started the tournament with—were able to hold up, and with that, a teary-eyed Joe Cada became the 2009 WSOP champion.
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