Joe Cada in the final 26 of the Main Event

Could a former Main Event champion become the first repeat winner in the modern era?

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Joe Cada

While there have been many impressive Main Event doubles in the post-boom era, the prospect of a two-time Main Event champion in the modern game seemed impossible, until now.  

2009 champion Joe Cada remains in the big one with just 26 players remaining and is on course to join Stu Unger, Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson as the only men to win the tournament twice but that was when the event only had a few hundred entrants. Should Cada do it, it would have been navigating fields of 6,494 (2009) and 7,874 (2018). 

He currently stands in 19th place with 8,850,000 chips compared to current chip leader Aram Zobian with 41,585,000. 

It's already been a good WSOP for Cada who won the $3,000 Shootout event this year, his third career bracelet. A win in the Main would be just enough to also overtake John Hennigan in the WSOP Player of the Year race and surely confirm him the best Main Event champion since the start of the poker boom?

Amazingly despite his success, he has been one of the more under-the-radar champions as this funny story of Cada talking about a hand during the Main Event this year highlights:

The final 26 players will be playing down to the official final table of nine tonight at the Rio.

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    Shout out to PokerStragegist Vivek "Ikkvr" Rughani who finished 88th in the Main Event for $76K
  • CucumbaMan


    Cada is playing nicely. In '09 he got lucky so many times, as Hellmuth said he improved a lot lately.