2018 WSOP Update – Joe Cada Wins $3k Shootout in Second Final Table of Series

2018 WSOP Update – Joe Cada Wins $3k Shootout in Second Final Table of Series
Joe Cada Wins His 3rd WSOP Bracelet

The 2018 World Series of Poker kicked off on Wednesday at the Rio in Las Vegas. Two events concluded before the weekend with Elio Fox and Jordan Hufty both earning their first WSOP bracelets.

Staring on Saturday, several big events kicked off including the $100,000 NL High Roller, the $565 Colossus and the $365 Giant.

The third bracelet of 2018 was awarded on Saturday. Joe Cada survived a tough final table in the $3k NL Shootout to earn his third career bracelet. Also, Nick Petrangelo and Elio Fox will headline the last day of play in the $100k NL High Roller.

Fox and Hufty Win Bracelets

Two bracelet events were already awarded prior to the weekend with Jordan Hufty taking down the $565 Employees Event and Elio Fox taking down the $10k Super Turbo Bounty Event.

The Employee’s Event kicked off the series, drawing a field of 566 entries. After two days of play, ARIA floorman and poker dealer Jordan Hufty came out on top to win $61,909 and the bracelet that most will have forgotten about by next week.

The other opening event on Day 1 was the single-day $10k Super Turbo Bounty NL. This event drew a solid field of 243 players with many top pros taking their seats. By the time the final table was reached, Alex Foxen, David Eldridge, Joe Cada, Paul Volpe and Elio Fox all were battling for the first bracelet of 2018.

Ultimately, it was Fox eliminating Adam Adler heads-up for the bracelet and $393,693 in prize money. This was Fox’s first career bracelet.

Joe Cada Wins $3,000 Shootout

The final table of the $3k NL Hold’em Shootout played out on Saturday with two former Main Event champions headlining. Both Joe Cada and Joe McKeehan made the final table. McKeehen was looking to win his second bracelet and Cada was looking to win his third. Former bracelet winner Anthony Reategui also made the final. He won a $1,500 NL Shootout in 2005 and looked for his second bracelet in this format.

Other notables at the final table included Sam Phillips, Ihar Soika, Harry Lodge and Josh Turner. Turner has perhaps the most WSOP experience without a victory at this final table with 58 career WSOP cashes without a bracelet.

Since this was a shootout format, the entire final table started relatively even in chips. The final ten players were guaranteed at least $14,438 with the winner receiving $226,218 and the gold bracelet.

Not surprisingly, both Cada and McKeehen were in the final three and looked to be headed to a heads-up confrontation as they both had Sam Phillips well outchipped. However, McKeehen ran into a bit of a cooler three-handed and it cost him his tournament.

McKeehen looked down to pocket sixes and raised to 130k. Joe Cada raised to 415k and McKeehen shoved. Cada made the insta-call and showed pocket kings. A king on the flop gave Cada a stranglehold on the hand. The turn six gave McKeehen one out to survive but the river 9h sent him to the rail in third play. While he earned $101,766 in prize money, he’d probably trade that for another shot at the bracelet.

At the start of heads-up play, Joe Cada had a 6:1 chip lead on Sam Phillips. Phillips battled back and after a couple of double ups, managed to take the chip lead. However, the pair were playing a very fast style of play and that eventually resulted in Phillips making a suspect call for most of his stack.

After a pre-flop raise to 180k by Cada, Phillips shoved. Cada insta-called with pocket sixes against the Ac-4s of Phillips. A four hit the flop but that was as far as Phillips improved. After the hand, Phillips had just 140k left in his stack.

With the big blind 80k, Phillips was all-in 8c-6c and Cada called with Jh-3c. The flop fell Js-8h-7d to give both a pair. The turn Jc gave Cada trip jacks and Phillips two pair. A river 8s gave both a full house, but Cada had the better boat to win the title and the bracelet. Phillips earns $139,804 for his runner-up finish.

Joe Cada earns his first WSOP bracelet since 2014, taking down the $3,000 NL Shootout. In addition to his third career bracelet, he earns $226,218 in prize money.

Petrangelo and Fox Headlines Final 10 in $100k High Roller

The $100,000 NL High Roller has played down to just ten players, but what a final ten. Five WSOP bracelet winners have made the final table, including three-time bracelet winner Adrian Mateos and two-time champ Elio Fox.

Joining them at the final table are bracelet winners Nick Petrangelo, Bryn Kenny and Fedor Holz. Stephen Chidwick, Jason Koon, and Andreas Eiler round out the final table.

Petrangelo will lead the final ten into action on Sunday with over 13 million. Fox is second is 10 million. Action will continue on Sunday until a winner is determined.

The top three players in this event will earn over $1 million each with the eventual winner receiving the bracelet and $2.91 million.

Another Big Day On Sunday

Two events will play down to a winner on Sunday. The $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo made the final table Saturday night but finished well short of completion. Also, the $100k High Roller will mint the first poker millionaire of the 2018 WSOP.

Several events kick off on Sunday while others continue their march towards a bracelet. Flights C and D kick off in the $565 COLOSSUS and the $365 PLO Giant kicks off.

In addition, the first online event at WSOP.com kicks off with the $365 WSOP Online NL Event. Also, the first “Championship” event kicks off on Sunday with the $10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship.

Finally, the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball will play down to the final table. We’re just getting started at the 2018 World Series of Poker and we’ll bring you daily updates as the series progresses.

About James Guill

James Guill started his poker career in 2006, playing semi-professionally in the United States and online. In 2008, he transitioned to the media side and since has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry including Ongame, bwin, PokerNews and others. He is a true “jack of all trades” with a wealth of knowledge on all topics related to poker.

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