Joe Cada Wins WSOP

by Adam Marshall and Carson Cashman

Joseph Cada becomes the youngest player to win the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. Despite early setbacks against runner-up Darvin Moon, Cada came back to claim the $8.5 million prize. Cada outlasted almost 6500 of the world's best poker players to claim the coveted diamond bracelet.

The final hand was a race between Cada's pocket nines and Moon's queen-jack. Coincidentally, Phil Hellmuth, who carried the "youngest player to win the main event" title until last year, also won the '88 WSOP with pocket nines (before Cada was even one year old).

Darvin Moon, the chip leader when the final table began on November 7th, will go home as the runner up. Darvin, an amateur poker player and lumberjack from Maryland, was this year's Cinderella story. Many observers wondered if Moon could repeat Chris Moneymaker's amazing feat of winning poker's most distinguished prize as an amateur with little live tournament experience. He'll take over $5 million as a second place prize.

ESPN will air it's final table coverage on November 10th at 9 pm EST. The broadcast, which ESPN promises will be one of the most exciting final tables in WSOP history, will be 2 hours long. Poker players from around the world will be tuning in to watch the exciting conclusion to this remarkable poker tournament.

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