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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2011

Jake Cody Wins $25,000 Heads-up Championship and the Triple Crown

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It has been less than 15 months since Jake Cody took down his first major tournament victory and now he's achieved one of the most difficult goals a poker player could set for themselves - winning a Triple Crown. Just two other men have won poker's Triple Crown and Cody has done it at the young age of 22. His first EPT victory happened in Deauville, France in January of 2010 and he picked up another major title at WPT London shortly after that. In just his second WSOP event, Cody has added the prized Gold Bracelet to his trophy case and accomplished a major feat at the same time.

Cody was spurred on by his incredibly loud cheering section of countrymen as he blasted through his matches. His throng of supporters went into a wild frenzy when he locked up the gold bracelet and used only one of his three bullets to take all of Yevgeniy Timoshenko's chips. From start to finish it was an impressive lesson in heads-up poker as Cody may be highly underestimated in poker's toughest player's listing.

Cody battled his way through some of the best, taking out Brandon Adams in the first round and then sending 2010 Player of the Year Frank Kassela out which sent Cody into Day 2. Cody's soft-spoken tone or crazily angled spike hair may indicate that he's not much of a threat; exactly the opposite has been shown as he took out Dani Stern in their Round 3 contest and then Cody ran right through Jonathan Jaffe in the fourth round to move into the money. Cody only had one match to play on Day 3 and admitted in his interviews that Anthony Guetti was the toughest challenge he had at that point.  For a lot of that match Cody was dangerously short-stacked but battled back to take all the chips and earn his spot among the final four.

The semifinal match Cody played with Gus Hansen was one for the ages.  Gus Hansen was thoroughly beaten and just like the final, Cody needed just one bullet to send Hansen out of the lopsided battle that went the opposite way many would have guessed. The final found Yevgeniy Timoshenko putting up a good battle but Cody just ran through him. In what had to be his toughest two tests, Cody did not need even one of his add-on buttons.

The final hand came down with Timoshenko limping in on the button to face an all-in move by Cody who was obviously trying to bully his opponent into submission. Timoshenko did not back down, calling with {A-Clubs}{5-Spades} against Cody's {K-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. The flop helped Cody when it came {K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}.  The turn brought the {6-Hearts} and the river brought a dead end to Timoshenko's run when it came {4-Clubs}.

Timoshenko shook Cody's hand in congratulations and Cody obviously felt exultant with his win as he exhaled deeply and broke into a wide grin. Jake Cody took down the Triple Crown, $851,192 in 1st place prize money, and the second Gold Bracelet of the 42nd WSOP.  Congratulations Jake!

The Final 10

Jake Cody
Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Gus Hansen
Eric Froehlich
5Matt Marafioti
Anthony Guetti
Nikolay Evdakov
David Paredes
Tom Dwan
Steve Billirakis

For more detailed hands and information about the event, visit PokerNews Live Reporting.

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