A nerve-wracking heads-up battle and a roller coaster final table was how the game was for 21-year-old Joe Cade, a Michigan native, known as “Joey” or “The Kid” by his throngs of Midwestern-accented supporters. And the year was 2009 and poker game was hot that summer for great players like Darvin Moon. When WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack congratulated Cada and handed him the microphone to address the crowd inside the Rio’s Penn and Teller Theater.
He had thanked his supporters for coming out to Las Vegas and cheering him on, saying simply but caringly, “It really means a lot to me.”
And in making the world better than he met it, he is doing great and he had this to the world “Whatever they want me to do, I’m there to do it,” said Cada, who was one of four players to sport a Poker Players Alliance patch at the final table. “I hope to help poker grow and represent it well…I welcome being pushed in the poker spotlight.” Today, he is 22 but has been playing since he was a teen. Like some of the poker players who dropped out from school to pursue poker, Cade was no different.
Cada made a tough call for all of his chips holding JHeart Suit 9Diamond Suit on a 10Club Suit 9Heart Suit 5Diamond Suit 10Diamond Suit board after Moon made a huge check-raise to put him all in on the turn. When asked by an incredulous reporter about his call, Cada downplayed it, saying, “Once you break down the hand and think about it, it’s not that tough of a call.”
Today, he has become a name on poker because he gave up all for the love of poker. Why wouldn’t poker answer to him when he has prepared fully to be a champion since a kid?