UK poker has a new star as Jake 'Neverbluff67' Cody of Rochdale was crowned the Pokerstars EPT Deauville champion last night. Cody is already well known in online poker circles as a fierce MTT player and he has proven he is the real deal live, beating a 768 player field that included 13 EPT champions and a final table that included Peter Eastgate and Mike ‘Timex’ McDondald.
21 year old Cody was playing his first ever EPT event, having cashed in the first Pokerstars UKIPT event last month in Galway. He commented after the win “This is so overwhelming. It's the sort of stuff I dreamed about with my mates just a few weeks back. I feel like I should be asleep as I can't believe this is happening.”
Cody went into the final table 2nd in chips but lost a bunch of them early on, only to get them back to set up a very close three handed battle with Mike McDonald and Teodor Caraba, eventually McDondald would bust in 3rd place which would set up a tense and swingy heads up match. Caraba started with the chip lead but Cody battled back and the match was eventually over with a hand that played itself, when the ace-king of Caraba was no match for the pocket kings of Cody.
With the €847,000 first prize (Plus a seat in the EPT Grand Final) Cody has really put himself on the map with this big win and continued a tremendously successful period for UK poker that started in 2009. Congratulations to EPT Champion Jake Cody and if you want to see how he did it, check out our live updates.
1 Jake Cody €847,000 + EPT Grand Final seat
2 Teodor Caraba €516,000
3 Mike McDonald €295,000
4 Craig Bergeron €221,000
5 Claudiu Secara €165,000
6 Stephane Albertini €129,000
7 Michael Fratty €92,000
8 Peter Eastgate €70,000