Darvin Moon takes on Joe Cada heads-up for World Series of Poker

Posted by Gerry Poltorak on Nov 08, 2009 Posted in World Poker News, WSOP News | No Comments »

Darvin MoonMonday night will be the culmination of three months of poker, and mostly waiting: The final two competitors for the 2009 WSOP Main Event championship are set, and after some much needed rest Darvin Moon and Joe Cada will square off for the title, and the $8.5 million in prize money.

The amateur Moon is at a severe disadvantage in chips for the first time at the final table, as well as in poker knowledge and experience, despite more than doubling Cada in age. Throughout the final table Moon displayed several chinks in his armor, with a series of questionable plays:

* Calling a pre-flop re-raise with A4
* Folding a hand on the flop getting 8-to-1 odds (an insta-call in poker)
* Calling a large all-in re-raise with KJs

These plays only highlight Moon’s inexperience, but his poker table demeanor, everyman appeal, and integrity (Moon refused sponsorship from an online site because he doesn’t play online poker) make him a fan favorite.

Cada on the other hand methodically built up his stack after being down to around 2 million chips at one point: And was able to take the commanding chip-lead by single-handedly knocking out Frenchman Antoine Saout in 2 hands: Cada’s 22 outflopped Saout’s QQ, and a few hands later Cada’s AK took down Saout’s 99.

Play will resume at 7PM EDT on Monday night: Cada has a 135,950,000 to 58,850,000 chip lead over Darvin Moon entering heads-up play.

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