Winner’s Circle: WSOP Champion Joe Cada Leads Online Poker Pack in April With First Circuit Ring

May 3, 2022
Winner’s Circle: WSOP Champion Joe Cada Leads Online Poker Pack in April With First Circuit Ring

Online tournaments continue to grow in regulated states each month. New names are rising to the top in the online poker arena.

Several players stood out again this month including Joe Cada scoring his first World Series of Poker Circuit ring via an online event. 

PokerStars, partypoker US Network, and continue hosting impressive tournament schedules each month. Here’s a look at some of the winners across those platforms in April. 

Current legal online poker states

In the US, online poker is legally up and running in the following states: 

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Delaware

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The World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is right around the corner and WSOP warmed up with another Online Circuit Series in April. The series currently run in the combined New Jersey and Nevada markets with a shared player pool.

Pennsylvania and Michigan also host a monthly ring circuit separate from New Jersey/Nevada. Neither of those states has a shared player pool yet. launched its inaugural Online Circuit Series last month and one big name stood out. Four-time WSOP bracelet winner and 2009 Main Event Champion Joe Cada snagged his first ring and $24,560.

Cada serves as a ambassador in Michigan and was pleased to be able to play in the event right from home. The series also brought in nice numbers after the platform launched in March, he said.

“It feels really good,” he told USPoker. “It was an incredibly long three-handed battle, so it felt good to come out on top. The turnout was great and it’s nice to already qualify for the Tournament of Champions at the end of the WSOP.”

Also in Michigan, Corey “COrgasm” Paggeot won his third ring. He shipped the $50,000 guaranteed high roller for a pay day of $22,278

New Jersey/Nevada WSOP

New Jersey and Nevada had some big names score rings as well. Bracelet winner Yong Keun “LuckySpewy1” Kwon added to his collection and scored another ring in Event 4, featuring a $100,000 guarantee. He won $22,574 for his victory.

Ryan “Protential” Laplante won his first ring and $19,584 in the $320 buy-in, $75,000 tournament. The poker pro shared his success on Twitter. 

Some other winners in New Jersey include:

  • Zachary “Lovepuddle” Schwartz – Event 1, $21,796
  • “Badatpoker01” – Event 2, $30,289
  • “VamonosPest” – Event 3, $17,289
  • “StayActive” – Event 6, $13,439
  • “DontBluffme1” – Event 8, $12,990
  • “Weak_Passive” – Event 11, $21,292

Tournament of Champions freeroll

All ring winners have a little extra waiting for them this summer. will award all 2022 bracelet and ring winners, live or online, a ticket for the Tournament of Champions event. The $1 million freeroll event is set for July 18 in Las Vegas.

PartyPoker US Network

This operator is available in New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, but doesn’t share a combined player pool at this time. Currently each state plays host to partypoker US Network online poker operators including:

  • Borgata Poker (New Jersey, Pennsylvania)
  • BetMGM (Michigan, Pennsylvania)
  • Partypoker (New Jersey)

In April the site hosted the Cheap Stakes Series across all three states. These smaller buy-in events still captured some regulars in the festival. 

In New Jersey, Eric “AlwaysLiquid” Vanauken scored victory and $2,531 when he took down a $50 PKO with $10,000 guaranteed. Anthony “TonydaTiger” Maio also won $1,474 in the $50 PKO Turbo event.

Saltynutz” almost made it a double in the series. This player got the win in Event 13 for $1,064 and then took runner-up in event 15.

PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP)

The PokerStars SCOOP series started in March but finished in April. The SCOOP series ran independently in New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.


Mark “Naigo” Foresta streamed his back to back PASCOOP victories. He won over $2400 for his accomplishments.

Other winners in Pennsylvania included:

  • Smallandblind77 – Event 36H, $26,000
  • Nick “cooooooch” Amicucci- 37M- $2,630


In New Jersey, Steve “cremebrulee46” Blenker took down event 20M along with $1,109.

Dean “keithTurbo48” Nelson won event 24L. He also found four other final tables during the series. 

Also in New Jersey, Brandon “BmWeiser” Wesier picked up a win in Event 27M for $1,382.


In the Wolverine State, Jason “1Winatatime” Johnson took down multiple SCOOP events. He won the 25-M trophy Event for  $5,653. Johnson also won event 35-M and over $2,000 for the victory. 

The Main event of the series was won by “iRunDaMitten”. He outlasted 689 players and won $33,273. Dan “DrDad1819”” Schill scored the title in Event 32M for $1,928.

BlacknBlueReign” also fulfilled a goal, winning a trophy and over $2,200 in a $7,500 guaranteed tournament. 

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