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WSOP 2009 winner

Joe Cada outlasted 6,493 other entrants to take down the 2009 World Series of Poker championship early Tuesday morning.
With his victory, Cada becomes the youngest player to ever win the World Series of Poker main event breaking the record of Peter Eastgate.

Despite entering heads-up play with a large chip deficit, Darvin Moon battled valiantly, actually taking over the chip lead for a short period of time before eventually giving it back for good.

The final hand of the tournament went down like this:

Cada had the button (and the chip lead) and raised to 3 million pre-flop.
Moon re-raised up to eight million, which led Cada to push all-in.
After a bit of deliberation, Moon made the call. The two players showed:
Moon – Qd Jd
Cada – 9c 9d
The board ran out:


Cada, with his pair of nines, had taken down poker’s biggest prize after a long and drawn-out battle.
Moon, who had battled very hard, ended up walking away with a second place finish.

For his victory, Joe Cada received $8,547,042, as well as the coveted World Series of Poker bracelet. Moon ended up taking home $5,182,928 for his second place finish.

The final table ended up taking a grueling 364 hands to complete, which translated into approximately 24 hours of play.

With that, the 2009 World Series of Poker has finally come to an end, despite beginning over five months ago.

Here is how the final table finished out:

1. Joe Cada, $8,547,042
2. Darvin Moon, $5,182,928
3. Antoine Saout, $3,479,670
4. Eric Buchman, $2,502,890
5. Jeff Shulman, $1,953,452
6. Steven Begleiter, $1,587,160
7. Phil Ivey, $1,404,014
8. Kevin Schaffel, $1,300,231
9. James Akenhead, $1,263,602

Cada has no one else to beat. With a tear in the corner of his eye and his lips pursed to hold back obvious emotion, Cada lifted his new bracelet above his head and accepted his role of ambassador to the poker world.
Congratulations to Joe Cada on the victory !

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