By Andrew Feldman
The World Series of Poker announced in early 2011 that there would be a $25,000 buy-in heads-up event as part of the 2011 schedule. There was instant intrigue and excitement among the industry and all the hype resulted in an incredible tournament and the crowning of a 22-year-old British champion, Jake Cody. Besides the $851,192 in first-place prize money, Cody picked up a coveted WSOP bracelet after defeating Yevgeniy Timoshenko in the finals. With the victory, he became the third player in poker history to win poker’s “triple crown,” earning titles on the European Poker Tour, the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker.
“It was,” Cody responded when asked if the triple crown was on his mind during the match. “When it got heads-up, it didn’t seem real, … but when I got heads-up, I was like, ‘oh my god.’ I’m one match away from being the youngest triple crown winner ever, the fastest triple crown winner ever. To make history in this one match … .” Continue reading