Cody Bags $25k WSOP HU event and Triple Crown
June 6, 2011, Posted by Pokerfarm
Pokerfarm's very own Jake Cody made history yesterday taking down the first bracelet of the year, in the $25k Heads Up Championship and in doing so becoming the youngest and quickest triple crown winner.
The 22-year-old from Rochdale won $851,192 and although Jake has had recent success in both Deauville and London at EPT's and WPT's respectively he told ThePokerFarm that this was by far the most important for him.
"I think this tops it off. Even though the EPT was my first really big win, this one was the most special."
The EPT and WPT fields were incredibly softer than this WSOP event which was the most expensive heads-up event of the series and attracted an elite field of 128 of the best players in the world. Although Cody has shown great ability and results in full ring and 6max events, he came into the tournament with great confidence after playing over 100k worth of heads-up cash hands.
In the semi-finals, Cody got past well-known pro Gus Hansen and followed it with a victory against Yevgeniy Timoshenko for the bracelet. Hansen and Timoshenko have combined tournament earnings of more than $13 million in the live arena and are both high stakes players online.
Before getting into the money Jake had to get past online sicko Dani "Ansky" Stern, Havord game theory lecturer Brandon Adams and live pro Frank Kassela. After defeating three really different opponents Jake admitted that he did not have a clear game plan for Hansen or Timoshenko.
"Against both Timoshenko and Hansen, I did not have a strategy," Cody said. "I just decided to go in and go with what I felt. I wanted to see how they would react first."
Cody reacted with pure aggression, 3betting and 4betting alot before the flop and putting his opponents into difficult decisions for their tournament life.
Cheered on by 30 intoxicated Brits including ThePokerFarm's very own James Bord and Sam Trickett, Jake finally won the crucial last all in when his K9 got there against Timosenko's A5.
As well as a rail full of drunken Brits acting like they were at a football match, Jake had a four figure virtual rail with ESPN hosting live streaming of the event. Since winning EPT Deauville and WPT London he has amassed a huge Facebook following and his Facebook status after completing the trip crown got over 180 "likes".
"Don't really know what to say. but HUGE HUGE thankyou to everyone for all the support and good wishes and especially to all the lads last night, it was the sickest rail iv ever seen can't thank you guys enough, couldnt have done it without you. Triple crown OI OIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII."
Jake has confirmed that he is still going to grind out all the NL events that he can in the series and today was seen playing the $1k full ring event that got over 1000 runners. GL to him and the rest of The Pokerfarm team, we're sure that this won't be the only bracelet that will be coming home this summer.