Focus on: Joe Cada

Joe Cada is a professional player of poker born in 1987 in the United States, in Michigan. His fame in the poker world comes from the fact that he won the WSOP 2009 Main Event.

He managed to do that when he was just 21 years old, so he became the youngest poker player to become champion at the World Series. Before he managed to do this, he had two finishes in the money at the World Series, also in 2009. He started playing online poker a few years before his performance at the World Series and he was mainly an online player, having winnings of over $0.5 million right now. In 2010, his total winnings from live tournaments had reached $8.55 million, thanks in large to his WSOP Main Event win.

His start with online poker was when he was just 16 years old and he started playing live poker in Canada when he was 19, since he wasn’t allowed to do it in the US until he was 21.

He was playing around 2,000 hands each day on the PokerStars site in the year when he won the World Series. From 2008 to 2009, Joe Cada already had $551,788 in earning from live tournaments, but his WSOP win took him a lot further. By the time he reached the World Series he had a downswing of $150,000, which made him look for financial bakers in order to take part in the World Series. He found them and had to give up half his winnings in return for them paying the online fee so he could take part in the World Series.

He likes to play online on Sundays, during online tournaments, and he has up to 15 friends come over when this happens, so they can play online together and keep each other company.