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World Poker Tour -- Jake Cody Wins London Poker Classic

Young Englishman Adds to List of 2010 UK Poker Achievements with WPT Win

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Jake CodyYoung Brit Jake Cody is having quite the year. Not only did he take down the European Poker Tour Deauville in January but he is now also the champion of the first ever World Poker Tour London Poker Classic.

At just 22-years-old Cody is two-thirds of the way towards poker’s Triple Crown. All he needs now is a World Series of Poker title to accomplish this highly esteemed feat.

Cody faced some tough competition throughout the £5,000 + £300 buy-in ($7,684 + $461) main event, but it didn’t take him too long to get into his stride during the final table. A flock of friends including the latest EPT winner Toby Lewis, and Irish Open champ James Mitchell watched on as Cody brought home the £273,783 ($420,682) top prize.

One of Cody’s victims was online qualifier Kristoffer Thorsson. This knock out prevented tournament sponsor, PartyPoker.com, from paying out a $1 million bonus because if the 21-year-old Swede won the event he stood to receive an extra $500,000, while another $500,000 would be shared between his fellow online qualifiers. Instead, Thorsson had to settle for fourth place and £56,311.

Cody then busted Bruce Atkinson in third place to go heads up with Nichlas Mattsson.

The heads-up chip counts were:

Jake Cody – 4,845,000
Nichlas Mattsson – 1,920,000

The final hand came when Mattsson raised to 160,000 from the button and Cody three-bet to 380,000. After a few seconds Mattsson moved all in with ADiamond Suit QDiamond Suit and Cody insta-called with pocket queens which held to give him the title.

Here are the final results and payouts:

1. Jake Cody, £273,783
2. Nichlas Mattsson, £176,979
3. Bruce Atkinson, £93,316
4. Kristoffer Thorsson, £56,311
5. Giovanni Safina, £42,233
6. Sandiep Khosa, £34,189
7. Fabian Quoss, £26,144
8. Gareth Teatum, £18,100