It was certainly a long time coming for 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Joe Cada but during this years WSOP he claimed his second bracelet.
In a new blog post he has written on PokerStarsBlog he talks about that win, how he was happy that many fellow PokerStars Team Pros had also done well and whether or not this win validates him as a player now.
Joe Cada took the world by storm back in 2009 after he made a huge name for himself by winning the WSOP Main Event for a score of $8,547,042. However, since then he has had a rough time of getting hold of another title at the World Series of Poker. He came second in an event in 2012 and finished fourth on a couple of occasions too, yet that win still kept eluding him.
In the blog he discusses the $10k 6-Max event that he won, from starting out strong on Day 1, to almost coming unstuck on Day 2 when he found himself on a super aggressive table that included the two largest chip counts in the tournament at that time.
This table was crazy according to him as he explains one particular hand below.
“The blinds were 2,000/4,000 and the hijack opened for 8,500. A really aggressive player named Wade Townsend made a huge three-bet to 31,000 from the big blind and the action folded back to the initial raiser. He made it 65,000 to go and Townsend five-bet to 140,000. The hijack called and the flop came 8-3-3. Townsend bet out 90,000 and the hijack quickly called. Then the turn came a 7 and Townsend jammed for 180,000. The guy in the hijack tanked for a really long time (it was the stone bubble) and eventually folded. Townsend showed complete air… K-6 offsuit.”
That hand actually made him realise that he had to tighten up. He did that successfully before making it to the final table, which as he explains below was also tough as it included some big names.
“The final table was as tough as they come. Three of the six of us had made the November Nine before. I was poking fun at J.C. Tran because the last time we played together was during the ’09 Main Event and I knocked him out with about 100 players remaining. I needled him a little about it and he joked he was going to start shooting spitballs at my poster!”
He finishes up by claiming that although he is now a double WSOP bracelet holder that it still does not really validate him as a player as anything can happen in poker. If one big flip had gone against him it could have all been different.
The blog post is a great insight into a player that accepts the game’s variance and he will neither state that he is now established as one of the best players in the world after a win, nor will he think that his skills are not enough when he goes through a big period of time without a tournament win.