This week on my poker radio show, The Final Table, Dennis Phillips and I talked with Joe Cada, who last week became the youngest-ever World Series Of Poker Main Event champion, when he outlasted the rest of the November Nine.

We talked about how he played several hands, what was going through his mind as he made the decisions, how lucky he was to come from behind in so many hands, and how he’s already using some of the $8.5 million to help his parents through some tough times. Since we often get e-mails from listeners who want to know about poker players who have backers buying them in to all sorts of tournaments, we talked with Joe about how he made the deal with his backers, whose bet on him will net them 50% of those winnings.

For about a month, we’ve mentioned that Dennis was going to play on the best poker show on TV, “High Stakes Poker.” That moment finally came Thursday, when he sat down to some very tough competition, including Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Barry Greenstein, Daniel Negreanu, and Patrick Antonius. Dennis can’t reveal what happened, but on our show he did talk about the atmosphere, how much money was in play, new “HSP” hostess Kara Scott, and more.

He also talked about being snagged at the last minute to fill in for another player who had stormed off the set of “Poker After Dark,” and his deep run this weekend in the Heartland Poker Tour event in St. Louis. We squeezed all that, plus Joe “The Poker Coach” McGowan, into a one hour show.

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