Joe ‘The Kid’ Cada, is a poker prodigy who hails from Shelby Charter Township in Michigan. His full name is Joseph ‘Joe’ Cada and he was born in the family of card enthusiasts on November, 18th 1987. He has started playing poker at the young age of 16 and today he is not only a professional poker player from America, but also an evangelist of the game promoting poker in media and in political circles.
Joe Cada was nicknamed ‘The Kid’ by his agent. Having started off playing poker at such a young age of 16 in online poker rooms, by the age of 21 he won the main event of the World Series of Poker in 2009. In this particular event, he surpassed all the 6,494 people who entered the event and then defeated legendary player Peter Eastgate to claim the title and break the record of the youngest champion ever.
When Cada was not of the legal age to enter real casinos, he played in the online poker rooms for several years where he shared the accounts of his brother Jerome in these online poker sites. His first online poker account was with PartyPoker. When he started off in online poker sites, he had staked accounts twice and lost all the money in his accounts. After a series of losses in online poker, he took a brief sabbatical, only to come back and start playing in a casino in Windsor in Ontario. As of today, he has won more than $500,000 in online tournaments.
Even today, after becoming a legendary player in real casinos, he still enjoys playing poker online which he believes is his training ground as that is where he gathers knowledge and experience of better players. He enjoys playing Sunday Major tournaments and hosts around 15 poker playing friends at his house.
Cada is an active proponent of the game. In an interview with Time magazine, Cada expressed his thoughts on legislation related to the legality of gambling: “I support the right to play poker online. Poker isn’t gambling. It’s a hobby, an activity, a game. It’s not about luck—it’s about logic, decision-making, math. We all should be able to play poker on the Web if we want to, and I believe that making it illegal strips us of our rights. This is an important issue, and hopefully we’ll see it resolved soon.”
Today, at the age of 24, he has won one WSOP golden bracelet, two final tables, seven cashes in World Series of Poker and one cash in European Poker Tournament. His recent stint was in event #31 on June 18th, 2012 at the 43rd World Series of Poker in Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he finished in the second position for $412,424, from amongst 2,811 players who entered the tournament.