Posts Tagged ‘Joe Cada’

Jonathan Duhamel and PokerStars part ways

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

jonathan-duhamel-pokerRumors have been confirmed that Jonathan Duhamel has parted ways with PokerStars. Speculation started during the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, when Duhamel showed up without a PokerStars patch anywhere on his attire. And a quick trip to the world’s largest poker site reveals that the 2010 WSOP Main Event champ no longer appears on the pro roster.

Duhamel joins what’s become a growing trend across the online poker industry, where sponsored players have diminished value. Stars has recently let go of Alex Kravchenko, Dario Minieri, David Williams, Humberto Brenes, Jose Barbero and Marcel Luske. And a big sign that PokerStars no longer values former WSOP Main Event winners was when they dumped 2009 champ Joe Cada after he merely asked for 100% rakeback.

Other sites that have moved away from sponsored pros include Bodog, Full Tilt and Party Poker. The prevailing thought is that simply sticking a big-name poker pro in a tournament and slapping a team patch on them doesn’t draw recreational players. So many sites are busy trying to create an amateur-friendly experience over relying on a roster full of famous pros.

yuiko-matsukawa-signs-pokerstarsBut this isn’t to say that sponsorships are totally dead these days. Stars has proven this by signing several players over the last few months that meet their brand strategy. First off, they signed Jaime Staples and Jason Somerville because of their big presence on Twitch, the live-streaming site that’s seen as the next big thing in poker. Other signings reflect PokerStars’ ambitions in Asian – even in countries like Japan, where poker isn’t even legal. For instance, they signed model/actress Yuiko Matsukawa namely because she’s a hot girl with mainstream fame in Japan.

Whatever PokerStars’ ultimate plan is with regard to sponsored players, it clearly doesn’t revolve around those who are just good at poker. Instead, signed players need to be multi-dimensional (w/ a Twitch presence) or just be cute/Asian like Matsukawa with no clue on how poker works.

Joe Cada back in Online Poker, but has Bar shut down

Friday, February 8th, 2013

The past couple of weeks have brought a whirlwind of emotions for 2009 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Cada. First, he finally got a residence set up in Canada so that he could play at the world’s largest online poker sites, such as his sponsor PokerStars.

But on a down note, he learned that his bar – Cada’s Sports Bar and Grill – is being shut down due to a liquor license investigation. That said, let’s take a look at both of these recent high and low points for the 25-year-old.

Back in the Game

In just a couple of months, we’ll be nearing the 2-year anniversary of Black Friday. And it wasn’t until now that Cada finally put himself into a position to play at the bigger poker sites. He set up a residence in Canada, which is just 45 minutes from his primary suburban Detroit home. He wrote about this on Facebook with the following:

Don’t know why it took me this long to start back online poker. Feels good to be motivated again and first day went really well online. I actually feel lucky to live in Michigan to be able to make the drive once or twice a week to play and be able to be home with family and friends. Now I need to find a way to play more live tournaments because I hate traveling most of the time for poker.

Closed for Business

In 2011, Joe Cada and his dad, Jerry, opened the “Cada’s Sports Bar and Grill” in their hometown of Sterling Heights, Michigan. And this establishment drew quite a crowd because the father/son combo had a charity gambling license, meaning people could play real money casino games in the bar.

Unfortunately, trouble started for Cada’s Sports Bar when their liquor license application was delayed in 2012. The stated reason was that it needed to be “held for further commission considerations.” But there’s reason to believe the bar may have been selling liquor even when the application was still under review. This being said, Cada’s Sports Bar and Grill has been closed down pending a further police investigation.

Don’t feel too sorry for Cada though. He earned $8,546,435 after becoming the youngest Main Event champion ever and has collected $9,330,211 in overall winnings. So it’s unlikely that he’s in any trouble as far as money goes.

WSOP Tournament of Champions is Back

Friday, March 19th, 2010

The Tournament of Champions, one of the most exciting all-star events hosted by the WSOP, is coming back this summer. The tournament was shelved in 2006, but is back due to popular demand. The tournament is a $1 million freeroll for the top 20 bracelet holders of WSOP tournaments past. It should be one of the most exciting tournaments of the summer!

Who determines which players will take part in the Tournament of Champions? Poker fans like you and me! The polls opened on March 15 and will remain open until June 15 at the WSOP website. Any previous WSOP bracelet winner is eligible. Additionally, five players have already been automatically selected to take part in the tournament. These players are Joe Cada (the reigning WSOP Main Event champion), Barry Shulman (winner of the Main Event in WSOP Europe this year), and Annie Duke, Mike Sexton and Mike Matusow (previous winners of the WSOP Tournament of Champions).

The tournament is scheduled to begin on June 27 and will take place at the Rio. Players will compete until they are narrowed down to a final table of 9 players and the final table will be played on July 4. Players are playing for their share of the $1 million prize as well as the prestigious title of Tournament of Champions winner. First place will receive $500,000; second place takes home $100,000; and the rest of the players at the final table will take home $25,000.

WSOP Winner Joe Cada Lobbies for Poker On Capitol Hill

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Joe Cada, the winner of this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event, headed to Capitol Hill yesterday to lobby alongside the Poker Players Alliance (PPA). The PPA is a lobbying organization with more than 1.2 million members, fighting for the rights of poker players.

PPA has already succeeded in a number of victories, including achieving a 6-month delay on the regulations set forth by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). However, the battle for poker rights continues and Joe Cada, 22, is now one of the spokespeople.

On his visit to Capitol Hill, Cada met with a number of lawmakers. He met with California Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congresswoman Candace Miller, also from Michigan. He also met with the Nevada delegation in DC and a number of other members of Congress. Cada said, “We know these members are interested in poker. They’re poker players themselves.” These are the people who can help the PPA achieve their goals and get positive poker legislation passed.

Since Cada’s win he has made several appearances around the country and on television, including on ESPN’s SportsCenter and the Late Show with David Letterman. It’s clear that he didn’t just take his WSOP winnings and run. He is spreading the word of poker and lobbying for improvements for poker players everywhere. Cada says he is interested in speaking with the PPA more, as well as Congress, and to do everything he can to help.

Joe Cada Takes Home $8.55 Million in 2009 WSOP Main Event

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

The 2009 WSOP Main Event has come to a close and the winner is none other than Joe Cada. At 21 years old, Cada is the youngest poker player to win a WSOP main event. Joe Cada has earned his keep as a professional poker player over the past couple of years. He started out playing in tournaments at Casino Windsor and has recently moved into larger poker tournaments. This Main Event win is Cada’s twelfth cash win in the WSOP, which is astonishing for someone of his age.

Logger Darvin Moon played head to head against Cada and took home the $5.18 million second prize. Moon has earned his keep by playing in small tournaments from time to time, as opposed to Cada who has a lot of experience over the last few years. Perhaps that extra practice and tournament play is what brought Cada to the top.

The top 9 players in the Main Event and their winnings are as follows:

1st place – Joe Cada with $8.55 million
2nd place – Darvin Moon with $5.18 million
3rd place – Antoine Saout with $3.48 million
4th place – Eric Buchman with $2.5 million
5th place – Jeff Shulman with $1.95 million
6th place – Steven Begleiter with $1.59 million
7th place – Phil Ivey with $1.4 million
8th place – Kevin Schaffel with $1.3 million
9th place – James Akenhead with $1.2 million