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Cody wins WPT London, second leg of Triple Crown
EPT Deauville champ Jake Cody added the inaugural WPT London Poker Classic main event title to his growing resume this weekend.
“This is crazy – I am so happy to win my first WPT title,” he said. “It’s been an amazing year for me so far and to win a major tournament on UK soil is very special.”
The 22-year-old UK native earned a £273,783 payday and is now two thirds of the way to securing poker’s triple crown, needing only a World Series of Poker bracelet to complete the accomplishment.
Tournament sponsors PartyPoker were also breathing a sigh of relief with Cody’s win, as it saved the site from paying out a $1 million bonus if 21-year-old Swedish online qualifier Kristoffer Thorsson would have won the title.
“I was totally aware there was huge pressure on Kristoffer because of the extra $1 million bonus,” said Cody. “I thought he did well and actually believe he was the best player at the table.”
Thorsson finished fourth.
“Jake Cody is an outstanding young player and mark my words when you see this action on television this final table is something very special,” said WPT commentator Mike Sexton.
“I rate it is amongst the best poker I have seen in nine years commentating for the WPT. This is going to be a real treat when it airs, I can hardly wait.”
Action continued at the Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair this weekend with Justin “BoostedJ” Smith winning the £15,000 High Roller WPT London Poker Classic.
Smith beat Tony G heads up and a final table that included Freddy Deeb and Bruno Fitoussi to claim the £141,000 first-place prize.