1. I think everyone is taking shots at Moon, not because of his play, but the simple fact that him winning will be bad for poker. It will reinforce the idea that anyone with a buck can get lucky and win $8.5m, at least in the minds of non-poker supporters and Congress, and that the pros have no real credibility. I don't care what anyone says about it starting a whole new cycle of the Moneymaker effect, it won't. It didn't happen with Gold or Yang, and it won't happen with Moon. Plus the guy doesn't want to actively be a face in the poker world, he justs wants to basically hit-and-run and go back to Maryland to cut down more trees, and as a poker player I find that incredibly disrespectful. Lady Luck does you a favor that financially changes your life and you turn your back on her? **** Moon.
2. I think most of the hate thrown his way is because everyone is jealous of the fact that he has been hit in the face with not one deck, but a whole box full of them. The guy is catching hand after hand, and most poker players only
dream of riding a 9-day heater. Its sick, and its easy to hate when he hasn't proven he can play a diverse game.
3. To say neither has played a decent final table is false in my opinion. Sure, Cada got down to 2.2m and was basically out, but he stuck with it and now he is heads up. I think this speaks volumes for Cada and his ability as a poker player, and I think he will absolutely man-handle Moon tonight.
Just my 2 centavos. Peace.