Joe Cada closes out the 2018 WSOP with a strong finish. Big One for One Drop draws 27 entries. Find these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

Joe Cada Wins Another Bracelet

After making the 2018 Main Event final table, Joe Cada rebounded by taking down the $1,500 Closer for $612,886 and his 4th career bracelet. In addition to winning the 2009 Main Event, Cada has won two bracelets this year and another in the 2014 $10k No Limit Hold’em 6-handed.

“I’ve been running good and deep in every tournament, and the tournaments I busted, I feel good about how I played. I haven’t played many tournaments this summer, and I’m kind of upset that I didn’t play more, but it feels good to close it out,” said Cada.

In winning the bracelet, Cada outlasted 3,120 entries over the course of two days including Paawan Bansal heads-up ($378,765). Also finishing in the top five were Jeffrey Tanouye ($278,774), Richard Ali ($206,813) and Eric Afriat ($154,660).

Day 2 of Big One for One Drop

The Big One for One Drop is the final event of the 2018 WSOP in Las Vegas as some of the biggest players in poker buy-in for the $1 million entry.

Day 1 of the event drew a less than expected 24 players that included Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Fedor Holz and Erik Seidel on Sunday. Another three players joined before the start of Day 2, which began at noon PT. This has brought the total participation in the Big One for One Drop to 27 players, yielding a $24,840,000 prize pool.

Producer Rick Saloman held the chip lead to begin the day, but was overtaken by David Einhorn through early Monday afternoon. Phil Ivey, Salomon, Erik Seidel and Daniel Negreanu round out the top five at the time of this writing. The field will play down to a final six on Monday before a final table concludes on Tuesday.

2012 One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari, Issac Haxton, David Peters saw an early exit on Sunday while Rainer Kempe, Adrian Mateos, Talal Shakerchi and Stephen Chidwick also hit the rail at the time of this writing.

Watch the WSOP

PokerGo will stream Day 2 of the Big One for One Drop beginning at 2:30 PM ET. Poker fans will need a PokerGo subscription to view the stream. ESPN will pick things up at 10:30 PM ET on Monday. A viewing guide is available from the Poker Central website.

Quick Hitters

– Tony Miles apologies for his “slow roll” comment to John Cynn to end the 2018 WSOP Main Event.

– The 2018 WSOP Main Event final table won some head-turning prizes but not quite as much as you think. Barry Carter from PokerStrategy breaks down how much each of the players will be taking home after taxes.

– High Stakes DB takes a look at some of the women who had the best year at this year’s World Series of Poker.

– From the Fake News Bin: New poker variant Drawmageucy is causing a stir at the Rio for its $1 million pots and perplexing rules.

– Daniel Negreanu checks in from the Big One for One Drop in his latest vlog entry from the WSOP.

– ICYMI: Parx Casino, Mount Airy and Stadium LLC have each applied for a $10 million online gambling license that covers poker, table games slots.

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