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Buy-In: $10,000
Prize Pool: $61,043,600
Entrants: 6494

$10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event

  • Jul 03, '09 - Nov 10, '09
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Updates on Final Table (Nov 07, 09)

 
 

Joseph Cada Wins 2009 WSOP Main Event ($8,546,435)

With a safe river card firmly on the felt, Joseph Cada leaped into the air in celebration but quickly separated himself from his throng of supporters to shake Darvin Moon’s hand.

Joseph CadaThe crowd continued to chant “Joey! Joey! Joey!” as Jeffrey Pollack introduced the new, youngest Main Event champion in poker history to the crowd.

Cada took the mic and shook off a tear or two before thanking his legion of friends, family and fans in the audience. With that, he hoisted the bracelet over his head, much to the delight of everyone in the theater.

Congratulations to Joseph Cada, 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion! He takes home $8,546,435.

Player Tags: Joseph Cada,   Darvin Moon
 

Darvin Moon Eliminated in Second Place ($5,182,601)

Darvin MoonJoe Cada raised to 3 million on the button and Moon reraised to 8 million. Cada moved all in and and Moon called for his last 67 million instantly with QDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit!

Cada showed 9Club Suit9Diamond Suit and they were off to the races. The flop came down 8Club Suit7Spade Suit2Club Suit and Cada’s camp went wild.

Cada stood away from the table, burying his face in Cliff Josephy’s chest, unable to watch.

The turn was the KHeart Suit, giving both sides of the auditorium something to gasp at. With just six outs separating him from elimination, Moon watched as the 7Club Suit hit the river and a deafening roar moved throughout the theater.

Moon was eliminated in second place and earned $5,182,601.

Player Tags: Joseph Cada,   Darvin Moon
 

Heads-Up Update Hour Three: Cada Doubles Up

Blinds: 600,000-1,200,000 with a 200,000 ante

Players Remaining: 2 out of 6,494

Chip Counts:

1. Darvin Moon — 86,500,000
2. Joseph Cada — 108,300,000

Average Chip Count: 97,410,000

Big Hands

Darvin MoonDarvin Moon Takes the Chip Lead

Joe Cada raised to 3 million on the button and Darvin Moon made the call. The flop fell ASpade Suit8Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit and Moon bet 6 million. Cada made the call and the 7Diamond Suit fell on the turn. Moon bet 8.5 million and Cada made the call again. The river brought the JHeart Suit and Moon checked. Cada checked as well and he mucked his hand after Moon revealed an eight to take down the pot.

On the next hand Moon raised to 3 million on the button and Cada made the call. The flop was dealt AHeart Suit10Club Suit4Spade Suit and Cada checked. Moon checked as well and the turn fell 9Heart Suit. Cada bet 4 million and Moon raised to 12 million. Cada mucked and Moon won his third hand in a row coming back from the break. Moon now holds more than 120 million as the chip leader.

Moon Takes a Three-to-One Lead

Joe Cada raised to 3 million on the button and Darvin Moon made the call. The flop was dealt AClub Suit5Diamond Suit3Heart Suit and Moon bet 5 million. Cada raised to 13 million and Moon reraised to 30 million. Cada mucked his cards and Moon grew his chip stack to 145 million.

Joe CadaJoe Cada Doubles Up_

Joe Cada raised to 3 million on the button and Darvin Moon made the call. The flop was dealt 10Club Suit9Heart Suit5Diamond Suit and both players checked. The turn brought the 10Diamond Suit and Cada bet 30 million. Moon moved all in and Cada went into the tank to ponder his tournament life. He made the all-in call and the entire audience rose to their feet.

Moon turned over 8Spade Suit7Spade Suit for a straight draw and Cada revealed JHeart Suit9Diamond Suit for the best hand. The river brought the 3Heart Suit and Cada doubled up on the hand to take the chip lead. He now holds 108 million and Moon fell to 86.5 million.

Player Tags: Joseph Cada,   Darvin Moon
 

Heads-Up Update Hour Two: Cada Extends his Lead

Blinds: 600,000-1,200,000 with a 200,000 ante

Players Remaining: 2 out of 6,494

Chip Counts:

1. Joseph Cada — 97,550,000
2. Darvin Moon — 97,250,000

Average Chip Count: 97,410,000

Big Hands

Joe CadaCada Grows his Stack

Darvin Moon raised to 2.5 million on the button preflop and Joe Cada made the call. The flop was dealt AHeart Suit10Diamond Suit3Heart Suit and both players checked. The turn fell 6Club Suit and both players checked again. The river was dealt 4Spade Suit and Cada bet 3 million. Moon raised to 13 million and Cada made the call after some thought.

Moon turned over JHeart Suit5Heart Suit and Cada showed down JSpade Suit10Heart Suit. Cada won the hand and grew his stack to nearly 130 million.

Break Time

The players went on a 20-minute break just before midnight and they were dead even in chips.

Player Tags: Joseph Cada,   Darvin Moon
 

Heads-Up Update Hour One: Fireworks Straight Off

Blinds: 500,000-1,000,000 with a 150,000 ante

Players Remaining: 2 out of 6,494

Chip Counts:

1. Joseph Cada — 120,600,000
2. Darvin Moon — 72,200,000

Average Chip Count: 97,410,000

Big Hands

Darvin MoonThe First Hand is a Big One

Darvin Moon completed on the button and Joe Cada raised to 3.5 million preflop. The flop was dealt KSpade Suit3Spade Suit2Diamond Suit and Cada bet 3.5 million. Moon raised to 10 million and Cada made the call.

The turn was dealt ADiamond Suit and Cada checked. Moon bet 10 million and Cada made the call. The river fell KClub Suit and both players checked. Moon turned over pocket queens and Cada revealed pocket nines. Moon makes up a nice chunk of ground on the very first hand of heads-up play.

Darvin Moon Takes the Chip Lead

Joe Cada made it 2.5 million to play on the button and Darvin Moon made the call. The flop was dealt JClub Suit6Spade Suit5Diamond Suit and Moon checked. Cada bet 3.5 million and Moon went into the tank. He thought for a minute and then raised to 8.5 million. Cada made the call and the QDiamond Suit fell on the turn. Both players checked and the river fell 2Heart Suit. Moon bet 7.25 million and Cada made the call. Moon turned over QHeart Suit8Spade Suit and Cada mucked. Moon won the hand and grew his stack to more than 100 million, which is good for the chip lead.

Joe CadaCada Strikes Back

Darvin Moon raised to 3 million on the button and Joe Cada made the call. The flop was dealt JClub Suit4Heart Suit2Diamond Suit and Cada checked. Moon bet 4 million and Cada made the call.

The turn fell QHeart Suit and Cada checked again. Moon bet 6 million and Cada raised to 16.75 million. Moon made the call and the river brought the 5Club Suit. Cada bet 35 million right out of the gate and Moon went into the tank. Moon eventually mucked and the Cada fan club cheered its approval. Cada took back the chip lead with 120 million and Moon dropped down to 72 million.

Player Tags: Joseph Cada,   Darvin Moon
 

Heads-Up Play Begins Monday at 10 p.m.

The final two players have been reached and it took 276 hands to accomplish the feat. The final two are Joe Cada and Darvin Moon and they will return to the Penn and Teller Theater on Monday at 10 p.m. PST to decide who will walk away with $8,547,042 in prize and the title of world champion. Cada will become the youngest main event champion ever if he wins, and Moon could be the next Moneymaker to walk away with the top prize in poker. Tune back in to Card Player on Monday to follow the action from the heads-up final live from Las Vegas.

Heads-Up Chip Counts:

Joe Cada: 135,950,000
Darvin Moon: 58,850,000

Here are the results from today as well as the serious prize money to be decided on Monday:

1st: $8,546,435
2nd: $5,182,601
3rd: Antoine Saout — $3,479,485
4th: Eric Buchman — $2,502,787
5th: Jeff Shulman — $1,953,395
6th: Steven Begleiter — $1,587,133
7th: Phil Ivey — $1,404,002
8th: Kevin Schaffel — $1,300,228
9th: James Akenhead — $1,263,602

 

Level 39 Update: Joe Cada Doubles Up and Antoine Saout Eliminated in Third Place

Blinds: 500,000-1,000,000 with a 150,000 ante

Players Remaining: 2 out of 6,494

Chip Counts:

1. Joseph Cada — 78,600,000
2. Darvin Moon — 75,775,000

Average Chip Count: 64,940,000

Notable Eliminations:

3: Antoine Saout — $3,479,485

Big Hands

Joe CadaJoe Cada Doubles Up

Joe Cada raised to 2.55 million from the small blind and Antoine Saout reraised to 7.3 million from the big blind. Cada reraised all in and Saout made the call, putting Cada’s tournament life at rick. Their cards:

Cada: 2Club Suit2Spade Suit
Saout: QHeart SuitQSpade Suit

Board: 9Spade Suit7Spade Suit2Diamond Suit3Heart Suit6Spade Suit

Cada doubles up on the hand and grew his stack to 78.6 million to become the new chip leader. Saout was knocked down to 41.425 million.

Antoine SaoutAntoine Saout Eliminated in Third Place ($3,479,485)

Joe Cada opened a pot for 2.5 million and Antoine Saout reraised all in. Cada made the call and Saout had his tournament life at stake. Their cards:

Cada: ADiamond SuitKSpade Suit
Saout: 8Spade Suit8Heart Suit

Board: 5Heart Suit5Club Suit4Spade Suit10Diamond SuitKClub Suit

Cada hits a king on the river to keep his good run of cards going strong. Saout was eliminated in third place and he will take home $3,479,485. Cada grew his stack to 136,925,000.

Player Tags: Antoine Saout,   Joseph Cada
 

Level 39 Update: Antoine Takes a Huge Lead and Eric Buchman Eliminated in Fourth Place

Blinds: 500,000-1,000,000 with a 150,000 ante

Players Remaining: 3 out of 6,494

Chip Counts:

1. Antoine Saout — 80,650,000
2. Darvin Moon — 75,925,000
3. Joseph Cada — 39,225,000

Average Chip Count: 64,940,000

Notable Eliminations:

4: Eric Buchman — $2,502,890

Big Hands

Antoine SaoutAntoine Saout Up to 90 Million

Eric Buchman raised to 2.5 million preflop and Antoine Saout reraised from the big blind to 9 million. Buchman reraised all in over the top and Saout went into the tank. He thought for a while. He eventually made the call and they turned over their cards:

Buchman: AHeart SuitQClub Suit
Saout: ADiamond SuitKClub Suit

Board: KDiamond Suit10Heart Suit7Club SuitKHeart Suit6Diamond Suit

Saout doubled up on the hand to 89.2 million and he now holds a healthy chip lead. Buchman fell to 9.8 million on the hand.

Eric BuchmanEric Buchman Eliminated in Fourth Place ($2,502,980)

Darvin Moon raised to 3 million from the button and Eric Buchman reraised all in from the small blind for almost 10 million. Moon made the call and they turned over their cards:

Moon: KDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit
Buchman: ADiamond Suit5Club Suit

Board: QClub Suit9Heart Suit2Club SuitKHeart Suit5Heart Suit

Moon won the hand and he now holds more than 75 million. Buchman was eliminated in fourth place on the hand and he will take home $2,502,980 in prize money.

Player Tags: Eric Buchman,   Antoine Saout,   Darvin Moon
 

Jeff Shulman Eliminated in Fifth Place ($1,953,395)

Blinds: 400,000-800,000 with a 100,000 ante

Players Remaining: 4 out of 6,494

Chip Counts:

1. Antoine Saout — 62,825,000
2. Eric Buchman — 53,750,000
3. Joseph Cada — 48,550,000
4. Darvin Moon — 30,675,000

Average Chip Count: 48,705,000

Notable Eliminations:

5: Jeff Shulman — $1,953,395

Big Hands

Jeff ShulmanJeff Shulman Eliminated in Fifth Place ($1,953,395)

Antoine Saout raised to 5.4 million from the small blind and Jeff Shulman reraised all in for 200,000 more. Saout made the call and they flipped over their cards.

Saout: AClub Suit9Spade Suit
Shulman: 7Club Suit7Heart Suit

Board: 10Spade Suit9Diamond Suit6Spade SuitQClub Suit4Spade Suit

Saout won the hand and grew his stack to 62,925,000. Shulman was eliminated on the hand in fifth place and he will take home $1,953,395 in prize money.

Player Tags: Jeff Shulman,   Joseph Cada
 

Level 37 Update III: Two Double Ups for Cada and One for Shulman

Blinds: 300,000-600,000 with a 75,000 ante

Players Remaining: 5 out of 6,494

Chip Counts:

1. Antoine Saout — 54,750,000
2. Eric Buchman — 50,900,000
3. Joseph Cada — 44,550,000
4. Darvin Moon — 33,850,000
5. Jeff Shulman — 10,625,000

Average Chip Count: 38,964,000

Notable Eliminations:

NONE

Big Hands

Joe CadaJoe Cada Doubles Up

Jeff Shulman raised to 1.75 million under the gun preflop and Joe Cada reraised all in for 10.8 million total from the small blind. Their cards:

Shulman: JClub SuitJDiamond Suit
Cada: 3Club Suit3Heart Suit

Board: 8Heart Suit4Heart Suit3Diamond Suit7Spade SuitQHeart Suit

Cada doubled up on the hand to 22.575 million and Shulman held just 7.525 million after the hand.

Cada Doubles Up Again

Darvin Moon raised to 2 million preflop and Joe Cada raised to 5.6 million from the big blind. Moon reraised all in for 61.725 million and Cada made the all-in call for 22.275 million. Their cards:

Cada: ADiamond SuitAHeart Suit
Moon: KSpade Suit9Club Suit

Board: 9Heart Suit6Spade Suit3Spade Suit4Heart Suit4Diamond Suit

Cada doubled up to 45.225 million and Moon dropped to 39.45 million after the hand.

Jeff ShulmanJeff Shulman Doubles Up

Jeff Shulman moved all in preflop under the gun for 6.25 million and Antoine Saout made the call from the big blind. Their cards:

Shulman: ADiamond Suit5Spade Suit
Saout: KDiamond SuitQClub Suit

Board: AClub SuitJDiamond Suit4Club Suit5Diamond Suit4Spade Suit

Shulman doubled up to 13.175 million on the hand and Saout dropped down to 48.025 million.

 
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