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Joe Cada Wins 2014 World Series of Poker $10,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Championship

26-Year-Old Pro Defeats Jeremy Ausmus Heads-Up To Win Second Bracelet and $670,041

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Joe Cada won the 2009 World Series of Poker main event as a 21-year-old, making him the youngest player ever to become world champion. He has found plenty of success since then, making six live final tables, winning a prelim at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and finishing runner-up for a bracelet in 2012.

The 26-year-old’s most recent poker tournament achievement, however, will probably go down as the one that cemented him as an elite player. Cada topped a stacked field of 264 entrants in the 2014 WSOP $10,000 six-max no-limit hold’em championship to win his second gold bracelet and $670,041. With the win he also earned the distinction of being the first main event champ since 2001 winner Carlos Mortensen to win a bracelet after taking down the big one. For Cada the win could hardly have come in a better event.

“This is definitely up in the top three [events I wanted to win]. The heads-up $10K, the Six-Handed $10K, and the $25K…I think those are the three next best events [after the Main Event],” Cada told WSOP.com after play ended.

As one might expect, Cada had to outlast 12 of the game’s top players on the final day of this prestigious event, including the likes of Lee Markholt (12th – $36,975_, Scott Clements (11th – $36,975), Geoge Danzer (9th – $49,061) and Martin Jacobson (7th – $66,382). With the elimination of Dario Sammartino in fifth place, Cada only had Erick Lindgren (5th – $129,192), JC Tran (4th – $185,971), Max Silver (3rd – $273,646) and Eventual runner-up Jeremy Ausmus to contend with.

Jeremy AusmusAusmus, who final tabled the main event in 2012 and won a bracelet at the 2013 WSOP Europe, took a roughly 5-to-3 chip advantage into heads-up play, which looked like it might last quite a while as both players were utilizing a small-ball approach. That dynamic went out the window on the 36th hand of heads-up play, with Cada being dealt 8Spade Suit8 on the button and raising to 125,000 only to have Ausmus three-bet the ADiamond SuitJDiamond Suit to 375,000. Cada made it 950,000 to go and after some thought Ausmus moved all-in, having Cada covered by just 550,000. Cada made the call and held with a runout of 10Heart Suit7Diamond Suit2Heart SuitQDiamond Suit5Spade Suit.

Ausmus won some small pots and then doubled up to roughly 1.5 million before the final hand arose. Ausmus picked up JSpade SuitJDiamond Suit and got all of the money in only to find out that Cada had been dealt the QHeart SuitQClub Suit. Ausmus was unable to come from behind and hit the rail as the runner-up, earning $414,104.

In addition to the money and the bracelet Cada also earned 1,080 Card Player Player of the Year points, enough to see him climb to 91st place in the overall POY standings. Ausmus earned 900 for his second-place showing, and with a title in a Deepstack Extravaganza main event at the Venetian earlier this year aleady to his name the Las Vegas pro climbed to 33rd in the rankings. This was J.C. Tran’s fourth final table of the year, including a win in the WPT Rolling Thunder main event. The 540 points he earned in this event moved him into 10th place in the overall standings.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Joseph Cada $670,041 1080
2 Jeremy Ausmus $414,104 900
3 Max Silver $273,646 720
4 J.C. Tran $185,971 540
5 Erick Lindgren $129,192 450
6 Dario Sammartino $91,670 360

*Winner photo courtesy of the WSOP

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