Twenty two years old and narrowing in on a poker triple crowd defines the rising UK star, Jake Cody. Cody has recently been anointed as champion to the first ever WPT London Poker Classic Main Event, held this past week. Hailing from Rochdale, UK, the young Jedi reigned in his first WPT title with a cheque for GBP 273,783. As a result he is considered two thirds closer to locking in a triple crown – his win at EPT Deauville earlier this year kick started the triple crown threat.
In a strange twist of poker politics, Cody’s victory not only earned him respect and cash but also ended up saving Party Poker $1 million in a bonus promised to 21-year-old Swedish online qualifier Kristoffer Thorsson. The young Swede was slated to take home this massive bonus by finishing first in the tournament. Thorsson finished fourth, while fellow Swede Nichlas Mattsson ended the action as the runner-up.
Thorsson’s command over most of the players was completed at the final table when Cody pulled the trigger and demolished the competition. The large crowd of spectators watched with fervor from the Palm Beach Casino in Mayfair.
Cody said, “This is crazy – I am so happy to win my first WPT title… I was totally aware there was huge pressure on Kristoffer because of the extra $1 million bonus. I thought he did well and actually believe he was the best player at the table.”
Coby’s moniker as “The Grim Reaper” is proving to be an accurate description of how other poker players view him, especially now after this massive win in the first ever World Poker Tour London Poker Classic. This accomplishment is linked to Coby’s victory at the European Poker Tour Deauville last January.
Now all what is awaiting Coby is the World Series of Poker title and he will have accomplished a remarkable feat.