The Blueprint: Joe Cada


Joe Cada won his second bracelet in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Championship (Drew Amato Photo)

Joe Cada made sure he wasn’t lumped in with other World Series of Poker Main Event Winners by becoming the first player since Carlos Mortensen to win a bracelet after winning a Main Event title.

Cada, who was the youngest player to ever win the Main Event, won the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max title to take home his second career bracelet and $670,041. Cada brought his career tournament earnings to over $10 million with his second bracelet and earned his largest cash since winning over $8.5 million by taking down the 2009 WSOP Main Event.

Cada sat down with BLUFF to go through his thought process from a few hands at the final table of his latest bracelet win.

Cada Flashes an Ace

Early on at the final table, with blinds of 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante, Cada raised to 65,000 from early position and was called by Erick Lindgren from the big blind. The flop was Q75 and Lindgren check-called a bet from Cada. The turn was the 2 and Lindgren check-called 185,000. The river was the 9 and Lindgren checked for a third time. Cada bet 375,000 and Lindgren folded. Cada flashed the A before mucking his hand.

Joe Cada: “Yea, I had ace-queen that hand. Normally, if I’m going to be bluffing, I like to have some equity in the hand, so the only hand I could really be bluffing with there is like ace-king. I can’t think of any other hand I would take that line with [as a bluff].”

“He probably had like queen-ten maybe or maybe middle pair and thought I was betting twice as a steal. Queen-ten there is essentially the same thing as a seven, but at least with queen-ten you have a blocker so it makes it less likely that I have a queen. I don’t know though. Usually when there is a bunch of short stacks at the table, I don’t like to barrel off. Typically, I don’t try to make somebody fold top pair too often. So if I do think he has a queen, I’m not that likely to bluff.”

Cada Doubles Through Silver

With the table still six-handed, the blinds had increased to 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante. Cada raised to 100,000 under-the-gun and Max Silver defended his big blind. The flop was KQ2 and Silver check-called 150,000 from Cada. The turn was the 6 and Silver checked again. Cada bet 275,000 and Silver called. The river is the 3 and Silver checked for a third time. Cada moved all in for 725,000 and Silver went into the tank for a few minutes before calling. Cada tabled AK and doubled up against Silver’s Q8.

JC: “I think Max just had it in his head that I’m capable of barreling off. So maybe he just thought that I’m the type of person to only bet with equity and barrel off one or two streets with some type of equity. Since the board came with the K and Q, there are a lot of hand combinations that I could have. I could have 98, J-T, A-T with a backdoor club draw. I guess he thought there were enough hand combinations that I could have to bluff that he could call profitably with a queen. I don’t know how much I want to say, but I just think that he thought he could call profitably.”

“I wouldn’t just barrel no equity hands really here though. When I raise from early position and he calls out of the big blind and it’s that kind of board texture like a J-T-8 or a K-Q-blank, he is either going to have a piece of it that he isn’t going to really fold that often or they will have air. On that board, if people have nothing, they are going to check again on the turn because I was the preflop raiser and they aren’t going to be too aggressive with an air hand. If they check twice, I’d be more likely to steal on the turn with an air hand because they just hit that flop too often. Also, if they have some small pairs in that hand too, they are going to check the turn because they have showdown value and they are going to hope that I have ace-high and just give up.”

Cada Busts Silver

After three eliminations, the table was left with just Cada, Silver, and Jeremy Ausmus. The blinds were still 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante and action folded to Silver in the small blind, who moves all in for 700,000. Cada called from the big blind and showed A8. He was up against Silver’s T6. The board ran out 86328 and Cada was heads-up with Ausmus for his second bracelet.

JC: “I love Max and I think he is a great player, but ten-six is a fold or maybe a raise-fold just hoping I have nothing. 14 big blinds is a little bit much to be jamming ten-six off there. Jack-ten off and maybe king-seven plus is going to be a good jam with 14 big blinds. Also, he can be shipping T-9 suited, T-8 suited and a bunch of his suited connectors. T-9 off would be really close and that would be around the cutoff of what he should be jamming with 14 bigs.”

“I should be calling with any ace, king-seven plus, queen-jack, queen-ten I’d be calling. Jack high is going to be really close. Generally I would fold jack-ten suited for 14 big blinds, but if it was 11 or 12 big blinds I would call.”

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