Joe Cada got his fourth World Series of Poker bracelet, after all.
After busting out of the Main Event in fifth place last week, Cada decided to enter one more tournament — and ended up outlasting another monster field early Monday morning at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The Closer, a $1,500-buy-in No-Limit Hold'em turbo tournament, drew 3,120 players hoping to make the most of one last shot on the 2018 WSOP circuit, and Cada, this time, was the last player standing. He became the 45th player to win four bracelets in the WSOP, founded in 1970.
"I feel amazing," Cada said afterward, talking to PokerNews. "What a way to cap it off."
The victory was Cada's second this season, after winning the second open event on the 78-tournament schedule. That one paid $226,218, this one paid $612,886, and in between, he won $2.15 million for his fifth-place showing in the Main.
All told, Cada, 30, of Shelby Township, cashed in a personal-best eight tournaments this season, earning $3,025,439.
His lifetime WSOP earnings now have eclipsed $13 million, sixth all-time.
Interestingly, Cada entered this WSOP season having not played much leading into the tournaments. He'd used his offseason to do some traveling, and he tended to his father, Jerry, who recently suffered a stroke.
Yet, his game didn't suffer a lick. He made the final table at the first open event of the year, then won the second — for bracelet No. 3.
Cada also won the Main Event in 2009, for a first prize of $8.5 million, and a tournament in 2014 for $670,041.
Cada had a big double-up at the final table in The Closer, calling from the big blind with ace-eight. His final, winning hand, ironically, was pocket 10s, the same hand he busted with in the 2018 Main Event, won early Sunday morning by John Cynn. Muskegon's Nic Manion finished fourth, for $2.85 million.
Cada's heads-up opponent in The Closer, Paawan Bansal of India, got a little closer, hitting a pair of nines on the flop, but Cada sealed it with a third 10 on the river.
Cada is in third place in this year's WSOP player-of-the-year standings — leader Shaun Deeb is the only other player to win two WSOP bracelets this year — but hasn't committed to playing out the season in Europe. He's never been big on traveling abroad to poker like some of the game's other high rollers.