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Joe Cada Follows Up Main Event Final Table With Fourth Career World Series of Poker Bracelet

Cada Earns $612,886 For Topping Field Of 3,120 In $1,500 Closer Event


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The $1,500 Closer event at the 2018 World Series of Poker was undoubtedly treated as a summer saver for many of the 3,120 players who entered, but in the end, the title and the big $612,886 payout went to a player whose summer was not in need of saving.

Joe Cada started off his 2018 WSOP campaign with a final table appearance in the $10,000 super turbo bounty event. He then won the third bracelet of his career by taking down the $3,000 shootout event for $226,218. After three more cashes, he made an epic run for yet another main event title, finishing fifth for $2.15 million.

“I feel amazing. What a way to cap it off!” Cada told WSOP reporters. “I’ve been running good and deep in every tournament, and the tournaments I busted, I feel good about how I played. I haven’t played many tournaments this summer, and I’m kind of upset that I didn’t play more, but it feels good to close it out.”

Most players wouldn’t bother with a $1,500 event right after playing for nine days in the exhausting $10,000 main event, but Cada hopped in and made the most of it, scoring his fourth bracelet.

Moments after winning, Cada took to social media to joke, “It’s like I took fourth in the main event now.”

Cada’s epic summer brings his total lifetime earnings to more than $13.5 million. Four bracelets puts him into a tie for 26th place all-time with players such as Michael and Robert Mizrachi, Brian Rast, Dominik Nitsche, Jeff Madsen, Brian Hastings, Bobby Baldwin, Tom McEvoy, Amarillo Slim, Puggy Pearson, and more.

Cada also became the second double-bracelet winner of the summer, joining Shaun Deeb, who also won his fourth bracelet this week. A player has won at least two bracelets every year since 1999.

Here are the final table results.

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Joe Cada $612,886 1200
2 Paawan Bansal $378,765 1000
3 Jeffrey Tanouye $278,774 800
4 Richard Ali $206,813 600
5 Eric Afriat $154,660 500
6 Richard Cox $116,595 400
7 James Poper $88,615 300
8 Brayden Gazlay $67,904 200
9 Joshua Turner $52,465 100

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