The Bat is aghast. Well, if the Bat knew what aghast meant maybe he wouldn’t be. If aghast means shocked and awed in a bad way, than considered the Bat aghast. Joe Cada, the man who teaches you to ship it with any pair because you’ll hit a set and beat no matter what you are up against is the Main Event Champion.
Well, when the Bat calls Cada the man, he means THE MAN, because the 21 year old is barely off his mother’s boob, and his far more noob than a man. That being said that seems like he has a good head on his shoulders, which is good because the Bat has seen people with bad heads on their shoulders (usually they have no necks but Cada has a neck), and wants to embrace the ambassador to poker role that past champions have run from, hidden from, or ignored. This is a kid who dropped out of school and now is the center of poker.
Chris Moneymaker, Joe Hachem, and Greg Raymer are worthy representatives of poker and they have served the game well. The last few not so much. It’s a tough burden and they don’t teach you it in poker school, much less real school. Fellow young ‘un Peter Eastgate is a good kid, and while his triumph might have been great for poker in Denmark it was like another square of rain forest being trimmed down to Americans–largely ignored and even those aware of it happening not really caring it happened.
Jaime Gold was a hollywood agent. When he lived out the stereotype on the table and in brokering and breaking deals, people largely passed on the guy. Even if he wanted to be poker’s next superstar, and some part of him did, despite his false humility the poker community was never going to embrace him until he put together the type of resume that makes poker’s rogues lovable rogues.
Jerry Yang was the counter-point to Gold. He prayed outwardly at the final table. In essence, he cited his victory because God wanted him to win. The Bat is pro-God, so maybe God did want Yang to win but if so why would he basically disappear after the championship. And the Bat has to wonder why God let’s so many degenerates win poker tournaments if he’s so invested in their outcomes.
So that’s an zero-for-three streak the Main Event champion has been, and the luster of Moneymaker, Raymer and Hachem is starting to show some wear and tear. Poker needs a new hero, and maybe this kid could be it. Maybe the Bat is wrong to be aghast maybe the Bat should be excited. Perhaps, Cada will inspire millions of 16 and 17 year olds to try online poker, and in four years to venture into a live casino for the first time.
New poker lingo: any time you turned an underpair into a set after getting it all in is Cada-rize someone.