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When I Was A Donk: Joe Cada

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Feb 04, 2015


In this series, Card Player asks top pros to rewind back to their humble beginnings and provide insights regarding the mistakes, leaks, and deficiencies that they had to overcome in order to improve their games. oe Cada burst onto the live poker tournament scene in 2009 when he won the World Series of Poker main event for just more than $8.5 million. The Michigan native could have easily been a one-hit wonder, but he has since gone on to make four additional WSOP final tables. In 2014, Cada picked up his second career bracelet by winning a $10,000 buy-in six-handed no-limit hold’em tournament at the Rio, banking $670,000. In total, the 27-year-old poker pro has earned over $10.3 million on the live tournament circuit. Here, Cada takes us back to his early playing days and explains how he was able to get away with playing one dimensional poker. “I started ...

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