All Hail King Cody! UK poker player Jake Cody won a sensation battle to claim his first WSOP bracelet and $851.192 in Event 2 of the 2011 World Series of Poker. Having already dispatched Gus Hansen in a superb strategic semi final performance which lasted little over an hour, the Rochdale poker star faced Yevgeniy Timoshenko in an intriguing final for the Heads Up No-Limit Hold´em Championship.
In an electric atmosphere, on which Timoshenko, commented “I’ve been to soccer matches less rowdy than this”, the Ukrainian subdued the partisan British support in the early levels with a series of audacious raises. With so much at stake, Jake played a more cautious game at first, only increasing the aggression once the blinds started to increase.
By level 8, Jake´s patience and tactical superiority were beginning to tell, and he had developed a commanding lead over Timoshenko. The tension increased as Timoshenko shoved with Ah 4c, for Cody to call with Ac 4d. When the flop delivered two clubs, and one more followed on the turn, you would hear a pin drop in the Amazon room. However, the 5h on the turn meant a split pot and Jake had to wait a little longer to claim his title. In fact, only 10 minutes.
Jake was starting to bully his opponent now, but Timoshenko could not back down from calling Jake´s all-in call holding Ac 5s. Jake´s Kc 9c looked second best, until the flop showed Kh Qd 4h. Timoshenko needed an ace to survive, but the 6h on the turn and 4d on the river provided no help at all.
Clad in his favourite Mickey Mouse hoodie, Jake acknowledged the chants of “triple Crown” Triple Crown” as the UK poker player has now achieved one of the most difficult feats in poker – winning an EPT, WPT and WSOP event.
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It was a bad day for the Brits in Event 3 – The Omaha Hi/Lo Championship – with the tournament being dominated by American players, but in the $5K buy-in NLHE Championship – Event 4 – Welwyn-based Gavin Cochrane and Ashley Mason from Warwick are both running deep into the tournament with one day left to play.
Exeter poker player, Jonathon Spinks cashed in the Seven Card Stud (Event 5), and there is still plenty of British interest in the Fixed Limit Hold´em Championship (Event 6) and the Pot Limit Hold´em Championship (Event 7), where London born James Akenhead – who made the final table in both the 2009 WSOP Main Event and the WSOPE Main Event – is among the chip leaders.