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Jake Cody Talks $25k Heads-Up Championship
Jake Cody made history yesterday by winning the $25k WSOP Heads-Up Championship and becoming the youngest player to win poker’s elusive Triple Crown.
Despite the fact the 22-year-old Rochdale, U.K. native has already made huge scores at the WPT and EPT, the WSOP victory was the sweetest for Cody.
“This tops it all,” he said. “Even though the EPT was my first big win having all the lads here to support me was awesome.”
Cody had to beat seven of the toughest heads-up players in the world including Gus Hansen, Brandon Adams and Frank Kassela to claim the first open WSOP-bracelet of the summer. It was just Cody's second WSOP event.
It all came down to Cody versus the uber-talented Yevgeniy Timoshenko in the final heads-up match. Timoshenko has over $3 million in live tournament earnings.
Cody did indeed have a massive contingent of supporters with over 40 English fans and players crowding the ESPN final table stage to cheer on their man.
“It was amazing to have my friends cheering me on,” he said. “I can’t even explain how much it meant to me. I wanted to win so badly because they were here.”
A sharp contrast to the soft-spoken Cody, it was one of the loudest cheering crowds ever assembled at the WSOP as the fans brought English-style football chants that playfully taunted the other players.
It’s been a whirlwind 18 months for Cody as he’s won over $2 million in live tournaments, including a $1.2 million victory at EPT Deauville and a $425k win at WPT London.
Amazingly it all started from simply playing football with one of his best friends in England. After every match they would play a £5 poker game.
“We started to play more and more against each other, started playing online, made a few scores and started to play live tournaments” he said. “They just started getting bigger and bigger from there. Now I’m playing the biggest tournaments in the world I guess.”
The prestige of winning poker’s Triple Crown was not lost on the young Rochdale-native. He joins Gavin Griffin and Roland De Wolfe as the only players to have the Triple Crown of poker.
“It didn’t seem real until I got heads-up against Timoshenko,” he said. “I just thought to myself ‘Oh my god I’m one match away from winning the Triple Crown.’ I didn’t let it get to me though. I just tried to play my best.”
When asked about his strategy for heads-up Cody had a simple suggestion.
“Run good,” he joked. “That helps.”
After thinking for a moment Cody had a slightly more constructive answer.
“Honestly, I just always try to make it difficult for my opponent. Never give them easy decisions and always try to be the one pushing the other player around.”
As an interesting aside last year Cody planned on attending the entire WSOP but decided to skip the first two weeks. Cody was finally on his way to Las Vegas in mid-June when his taxi hit a deer.
Everyone was OK but Cody was shaken up by the accident and decided to delay his trip until the Main Event.
With a WSOP gold bracelet, $851k in cash and the Triple Crown title to his name, there’s a good chance Cody is glad he made the trip in 2011.