Jake Cody triumphs at the $25,000 WSOP heads up event

Even if the weather is not exactly brilliant where you are, it is probably fair to say that summer is upon us. This mean getting away on holiday or time off school but for poker players, it means the start of the summer season. The new campaign got off to the best possible start for Jake Cody who triumphed in the WSOP $25,000 no limit hold ‘em heads up championship. He managed to hold off spirited competition from Yeygeniv Timoshenko, who had to settle for a cheque for $525,980. There was a total prize fund of over $3m for the entire event, reportedly the largest amount for an open buy-in tournament in a heads up fashion.

Money does not always make the poker player but it helps

If you are looking for a mark of a poker player’s success, it is inevitable that total prize winnings will be considered. This is not always the best way to measure success against success because of different levels of prize funds but it is fair to say that any poker player has earned just under $3m in their short career is clearly doing something right. This is one of the tangible benefits of winning this tournament but for many players, it is the kudos and praise from fellow pros and analysts that will please Cody. The thrill of taking on highly fancied opponents and overcoming them is something that inspires and motivates most poker players, even though the money does help to make life so much easier.

Cody wins pokers Triple Crown

It cannot be overlooked that the latest triumph means that Jake Cody has picked up what is referred to as the Triple Crown of poker. It may be the first bracelet that the player has won but it can be added to titles earned on the World Poker Tour and European Poker tour. The WSOP bracelet neatly tops off these triumphs and again, provides a hugely tangible benefit and marker of the success and talent of the young lad. The fact that the financial reward for the $25,000 no limit hold’em heads up championship was $851,192 shouldn’t be overlooked but in years to come, the bracelet will hopefully always be a reminder of a tremendous evening and tournament.

This latest triumph is the third major tournament within a year and a half for Cody, coming hot on the heels of the September win in the WPT London Poker Classic and January’s triumph at the EPT Deauville in January 2011.

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