Top 10 UK Stories of 2011: #2, Jake Cody Completes Fastest Triple Crown In History
There are some poker players who will go through their entire career without taking down a major live event, but Jake Cody is not some players, he is Jake f&%$ing Cody and he wins tournaments for fun.
Cody was already a well-respected playing in online poker circles before he started to venture into the live arena in 2009. During that year Cody cashed twice for just over £4,500 combined but it his first cash of 2010 that really put Cody on the poker map.
You see in January 2010 Cody outlasted a field of 768 in the PokerStars sponsored European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event for a cool €857,000. He then cashed in three more live events between January and September before he became a World Poker Tour champion when he won the WPT London Main Event, adding £273,783 to the coffers.
Again, a few more cashes in major events followed before Cody flew out to Las Vegas for the 2011 World Series of Poker festival, entering the first event on the schedule the $25,000 No Limit Hold'em Heads-Up Championship. In the first round of matches Cody swept aside Brandon Adams before winning the stack of the 2010 WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela in the second round. The third round did not get any easier for Cody but he ultimately made short work of Dani "Ansky" Stern setting up a fourth round match against Jonathan Jaffe.
Cody being Cody obviously beat Jaffe before dispatching of Anthony Guetti in the next match. There were not many who thought Cody was going to beat Gus Hansen in the semi-final, mainly because "The Great Dane" was unbeaten in 12 consecutive WSOP Heads Up matches and was the reigning WSOPE Heads Up Champion but Cody made it unlucky 13 for Hansen and Cody progressed to the final with what seemed like relative ease.
If facing Hansen was not bad enough Cody now had to take on Yevgeniy Timoshenko in the final, a player who is widely regarded as one of the very best in the world but a player who did not have an army of more than 40 noisy Brits railing him. The final gave each player the chance to rebuy twice but Cody did not need to reload because he stacked Timoshenko three times in less than three hours to win his first WSOP bracelet and complete the fastest-ever Triple Crown of titles at just 18-months from start to finish. This win was worth a bankroll-boosting $851,192.
Since becoming a Triple Crown winner Cody has continued to impress at the felt, his results including a seventh place finish at the WSOPE Main Event, a runner-up finish in the GUKPT Grand Final Main Event and a third place finish in the recent DTD Monte Carlo Main Event.
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