Hand #192: Sam Phillips raised to 185,000 from the but and Joe Cada made the call. The flop came and both players checked. The turn came the and both players checked again. The river came the and action checked to Phillips who then bet 275,000. Cada folded and Phillips won the hand.
Hand #193: Cada opened to 180,000 from the button and Phillips made the call. The flop came and Phillips checked to Cada who then bet 130,000. Phillips made the call and the turn came the . Both players checked and the river came the . Both players checked again and Phillips then tabled for a pair of eights. Cada mucked and Phillips won the hand.
Hand #194: Phillips called the small blind and Cada checked the big blind. The flop came and Cada check-called a bet of 80,000 from Phillips. The turn came the and Cada check-called a bet of 225,000 from Phillips. The river fell the and action was checked to Phillips who then bet 550,000. Cada thought for several minutes before making the fold.
Hand #195: Joe Cada raised to 180,000 and Sam Phillips shoved. Cada called. Their stacks were pretty even at this moment.
The board ran out - Cada's pocket sixes held and improved to two pair in the end.
After counting the stacks, it was determined that Cada had 2,610,000 in front of him. Phillips had 2,750,000 in total. so after paying Cada, Phillips had 140,000 left.
Hand #196: Phillips shoved all in for 130,000 and Cada called.
The board ran out - the flop gave them both a pair but the jack on the turn was the final blow for Phillips as he was now drawing dead. The rail all cheered. Cada and Phillips shook hands, and Phillips made his way to the cashier for finishing in second place.
After 196 hands on the final table, Joe Cada won the 2018 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold’Em SHOOTOUT for $226,218, after conquering two other tables on the first two days of the tournament. The gold WSOP bracelet that comes with this win is the third one for Cada, who also became the youngest-ever WSOP Main Event winner in history back in 2009.
In total there were 363 entries this year, narrowly missing out on breaking last year’s numbers. Many other well-known players were in attendance and the final table was a great reflection of the quality of the field. Joe McKeehen, another Main Event winner, Sam Phillips, Anthony Reategui, Ihar Soika, Harry Lodge, and Joshua Turner.
“I’m feeling great, it’s tough to win any No-Limit tournament,” Cada said when he was asked how he felt after his win. “It means a lot to win my third bracelet. I have loved the WSOP ever since being a kid, I watched it all the time on TV. Winning these bracelets, it’s unreal. You’ve got to just run good and I’m lucky to run better than everyone else. I like shootouts because you have to adjust constantly.”
Final Table Results
Final Table Action
The day started with Reategui really putting the pressure on the rest of the table, but the first elimination could be credited to Joe McKeehen when Jeffrey Trudeau ran his flopped ace-queen two pair into the turned nut-flush of McKeehen. Phillips took the honors of taking out Joshua Turner in ninth place when he flopped top pair with king-queen on the deuce-nine-queen flop. Turner had a flush draw with nine-eight suited but it never materialized and he hit the rail.
Taylor Wilson first doubled up against Jack Maskill with pocket kings and then gave it all back when Maskill woke up with pocket kings. Just after the break, Wilson found kings again, shoved and got called by Anthony Reategui with pocket sixes. The board ran out to give Reategui a straight on the river, taking Wilson out of the running. An increasingly active Reategui started playing more hands but found his Waterloo against McKeehen when they both turned a flush, but the latter had the higher card to take Reategui out.
This seemed to be the signal for McKeehen to start taking over all the action. His next victim was Ihar Soika who ran his king-nine into the ace-queen of McKeehen. Soika hit a pair on the flop but McKeehen hit a higher pair on the turn.
The UK's Harry Lodge was knocked out next. Lodge held ace-king and ran those cards into the pocket tens of McKeehen. The flush and straight draw Lodge picked up on the flop didn’t come and he was sent packing in fifth place.
The last Brit at the table, Jack Maskill, was next to go when he called the all-in of Cada on a queen-nine-ace-king-ten board. Maskill held queen-ten for two pair but Cada had the better hand with pocket jacks which gave him a straight. Cada then doubled up against Phillips with pocket fives, leaving Phillips short. Right after that, Phillips tripled up and then Cada doubled him up again.
In the battles of the Joe’s, McKeehen was the one to fall, four-bet shoving his pocket sixes into the pocket kings of Cada. Cada flopped a king and McKeehen turned a six but the river was a blank so the 2015 Main Event Champions was eliminated in third place. During the first hand of heads-up, Phillips doubled up with king-deuce against the ace-jack of Cada. They both flopped a pair but Cada had the higher one. The turn turned it all around as the king gave Phillips two pair for the double-up.
During the eighteenth hand of heads-up play, Phillips doubled up again with ace-four against the queen-nine of Cada, gaining confidence and taking over the action. By the twenty-second hands of heads-up, their stacks were pretty even again. Phillips three-bet-shoved on Cada and Cada called with pocket sixes. Phillips held ace-four and couldn’t improve.
When asked what Cada was thinking during the hand, he replied: “I knew it was a call, just by playing so many heads-up matches, but the stakes were high. You want to give it a couple of seconds to just make sure, you know. It was for over 30 big blinds, so you know it was a big pot. But ultimately I just knew it was the call to make.”
Phillips was left less than 2 big blinds and in the hand right after, he shoved eight-six into the jack-trey of Cada. They both flopped a pair with Cada having the higher pair. The turn brought another jack for Cada to give him trips and Phillips was drawing dead.
When Cada was asked about Phillips, he said the following: “I couldn’t get rid of Sam and he couldn’t get rid of me, he had his chance. But hats off to Sam on playing so well.”