Watch Joe Cada go for a second WSOP Main Event bracelet tonight!

Submitted by CLord on July 12th, 2018 at 12:23 PM

Joe and his rail represented our university well in 2009 when he took it all after a brilliant call on a Darvin Moon semi-bluff and now he's back in the final table tonight and he's had his University of  Michigan shirt on the whole way.  He's mid/small stack which means he'll need one or two big hands to break his way but if so it would be the greatest feat in poker history.  While the legend Johnny Chan won back to back decades ago, the quality of poker and entrant count was far inferior to what Cada negotiates now.  

It'll streamed/shown semi-live tonight on ESPN and PokerGo for any other enthusiasts.

Go Joe and Go Blue!


oriental andrew

July 12th, 2018 at 12:42 PM ^

Don't really follow WSOP these days, but will try to catch it since we have a UM alum. 

Years back (2006, I think), a buddy of mine who is a Ross graduate finished #14 in the WSOP and ended up taking home over $900k. Good times. 

Durham Blue

July 12th, 2018 at 1:58 PM ^

Wow, I didn't know that.  It's pretty impressive to have the confidence to drop $10k to play in the main event.  I'd love to do it some day if $10k is burning a hole in my wallet.  OTOH, I know I need more practice.  I play $.02/$.05 at and I end up ahead maybe 50% of the time.


July 12th, 2018 at 1:49 PM ^

Also a reminder that tonight they're just going until the first 3 players are eliminated. Tomorrow they'll go from 6 to 3, and Saturday will be the final night of the ME.


July 12th, 2018 at 1:51 PM ^

Starts at 9PM Eastern


12-Jul9:00 PM – END ET    WSOP Main Event: Day 8 – ESPN *** Nine to six players

13-Jul9:00 PM – END ET    WSOP Main Event: Day 9 – ESPN***Six to three players

14-Jul9:00 PM – END ET    WSOP Main Event: Day 10 – ESPN***Three players to winner


He's obviously played well but he'll need to open up his game or hope for some Manion-esque cooler to get amongst the chip leaders & truly contend.  The pay jumps are huge so maybe he'll be laddering instead


July 12th, 2018 at 3:18 PM ^

Can someone explain the significance of this event?  Aren't there like 15 events a year that are the "World Series of Poker" in which the winner gets a bracelet?

I also read a headline today that Phil Hellmuth won a bracelet, setting a record - is this event over?  Very confusing.


July 12th, 2018 at 3:53 PM ^

Think of it like golf or tennis. There are lots of tournaments every year, but there are four majors. And of those four majors, there may be one or two that are viewed as more prestigous than the others. Yes, there are 60+ tournaments at the (American) WSOP (they also have a European WSOP and one in Macau as well). The type of poker game varies in each tournament (Omaha, Razz, Horse, etc.). The tournament structure varies as well. Among the different games, No-Limit Hold Em has the largest fields. Of these No-Limit Hold Em events, the main event is essentially The Major (golf and tennis analogy) of all the tournaments. The reason being the 10k buy-in, field size (several ways to satellite the tournament bringing total to 5 or 6 thousand players), deep starting stack (50k in chips now), history of the tournament, but most importantly prize payout (which is directly related to field size and buy-in) which is usually around $8 million for 1st and even $1 million for 9th. Because of this, it is widely considered the biggest and most prestigious tournament every year.


July 12th, 2018 at 4:20 PM ^

Thanks.  So Phil Hellmuth looks to have won a "bracelet" but not for the main event, some adjacent event.  Seems like "bracelets" are not really the same thing as "Stanley Cups" or even "majors", though winning the WSOP No-Limit Hold Em main event (and it's bracelet), would be.


July 12th, 2018 at 4:41 PM ^

Hellmuth did win the main event in the 80's unseating Chan who was going for a 3 peat.  Hellmuth is an excellent tournament player who has won the most WSOP tournaments (i.e., bracelets).  However he is also an insufferable douche who commonly insults table mates who take a pot off him for "playing poorly" next to his greatness.  Most people you'd think would be pleased that the competition plays poorly, but to Hellmuth, anyone who plays a hand in a way that does not end up with him winning is playing poorly and thus bad at poker.  Universally despised fellow.


July 13th, 2018 at 4:10 AM ^

I mean, I understand why the pros get pissed in these tourney things.  Poor play is the equivalent of a kamikaze attack for those guys.  I'm sure its maddening for people to show up in your profession, who have no business being there, and just wreck your shit over dumb play and luck.  Bad players are incredibly unpredictable land mines that they have to navigate, and they kind of turn the whole thing into a circus.


July 12th, 2018 at 4:52 PM ^

Correct. A bracelet essentially signifies that you won a WSOP sanctioned event (they gave out over 60 total this year). Much like if they give Dustin Johnson a trophy for winning the John Deere Classic (I don't know if they do that or not). He won a PGA-sanctioned event. He won some money. It just doesnt carry the same weight as winning a green jacket, U.S. Open Trophy, Claret Jug, etc.


July 12th, 2018 at 5:23 PM ^

Joe Cada lives  three blocks from me

Heres the Final table chip counts

Two Michigan people  Cada and Manion (a US Mail carrier)

Michigan has 4-5  former WSOP World champions 

  • 1
  • Nicolas Manion
  • 112,775,000        
  • -
  • Muskegon
  • MI
  • United States
  • 2
  • Michael Dyer
  • 109,175,000        
  • -
  • Houston
  • TX
  • United States
  • 3
  • Tony Miles
  • 42,750,000        
  • -
  • Jacksonville
  • FL
  • United States
  • 4
  • John Cynn
  • 37,075,000        
  • -
  • Indianapolis
  • IN
  • United States
  • 5
  • Alex Lynskey
  • 25,925,000        
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • 6
  • Joe Cada
  • 23,675,000        
  • -
  • Shelby Township
  • MI
  • United States
  • 7
  • Aram Zobian
  • 18,875,000        
  • -
  • Cranston
  • RI
  • United States
  • 8
  • Artem Metalidi
  • 15,475,000        
  • -
  • Kiev
  • -
  • Ukraine
  • 9
  • Antoine Labat
  • 8,050,000        
  • -
  • Vincenna
  • -
  • France



July 12th, 2018 at 6:55 PM ^

I was in the audience briefly at the 2010 WSOP Main Event the year after Cada won it.  I remember my dad and I were wearing Michigan stuff and happened to sit right next to his sisters at the feature table and they got very excited seeing our Michigan stuff.  Met Joe at one of the breaks briefly.  He seemed like a very very nice kid


July 13th, 2018 at 9:56 AM ^

Cada advances to final table, but holy shit did anyone see the final hand???


AA vs KK vs KK

Lowest chip stack has KK (same suit as AA) and acts first, going in.  AA has second highest stack and goes in.  Second KK has him covered by only 8M, but calls.  Crazy.