Tomorrow the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship bracelet will find a new wrist to wrap itself around. The wrist bones it will soon call home will either belong to: Gus Hansen, Eric Froehlich, Yevgeniy Timoshenko or Jake Cody.
There isn't one underdog in the field.
Hansen is no stranger in the poker scene. He’s been winning WPTs since 2002 and has more than $9 million in live tournament winnings.
Eric Froehlich won a WSOP bracelet in 2005, then another in 2006. No big deal.
Yevgeniy Timoshenko has amassed a fortune in the last couple of years. He’s earned more than $5 million online, with $1.7 million coming from his first-place finish at the 2009 WCOOP Main Event.
2009 was a good year for Timoshenko, as that April he won the $25,000 WPT No Limit Hold’em Championship event for $2,149,960.
And then there’s Jake Cody, a relative newcomer to the poker scene. Cody made his name known last year when he won EPT Deauville for $1,213,194.
Then later that year, in August, he won WPT London and earned the European Poker Award for Rookie of the Year.
Cody is now only two matches away from winning a WSOP bracelet. It would give him the hat trick of major poker events.
A feat only achieved by three players so far, and Cody might do it in only two years. At the age of 22.
Cody started playing poker with friends at the age of 15 and took it up professionally at 18. At the time, Cody was a psychology student at Mancheseter College but, against his parents’ wishes, he decided to drop out and pursue poker full time.
After that, poker became Cody’s life.
“I dedicated a full two years of my life to the game, literally playing every day and staying up all night studying theory,” Cody said in an interview with the Manchester Evening News. But it seems as if the hard work has paid off.
Cody is now a young millionaire who will add a minimum of $283,966 to his already impressive resume tomorrow. Despite his giant bank account, Cody has been surprisingly conservative with his fortune.
In the same interview with the Manchester Evening News, Cody revealed that his only big purchase has been an Audi R8. He’s more concerned about the well-being of his mother and friends.
Tomorrow Cody will have to battle Gus Hansen to make it to the bracelet bout. It’s a tough match, but Cody didn’t get to the final four on luck.
He’s already had to defeat the likes of Anthony Guetti, Jonathan Jaffe and Dani Stern to get to where he is.
No matter how tomorrow turns out, Cody has proven he’s a force to be reckoned with. We’ll be keeping an eye on him.