PCA: Jake Cody Announced as Newest PokerStars Team Pro

Jake Cody is the newest Team Pro for PokerStars.

The PokerStars.net Caribbean Adventure provides the company with one of the biggest stages of the year. In the past the site has used the PCA to announce new additions and two years ago they memorably announced that Viktor Blom was the man behind the Isildur1 screen name. Before cards were in the air for Day 1b fellow Team Pro Daniel Negreanu announced the newest Team Pro was Jake Cody.

Landing a Team Pro sponsorship is considered a landmark deal for a pro poker player. “It’s great news for me and hopefully for PokerStars as well,” Cody said. “It’s quite a bit of an accomplishment, it’s so hard to get a sponsorship these days.”

The 24 year-old poker pro is the youngest player to complete the Triple Crown and did it in less than a year and a half. Even more staggering is the fact that Cody did at the tender age of 22. He also added a SCOOP title under his belt in 2011.

When asked about his next goal Cody simply stated, “To win the PCA Main Event.”

Cody has amassed more than $3.15 million in career earnings since 2009 and completed his Triple Crown bid when he he won the World Series of Poker $25,000 Heads Up Championship. His bracelet win came at the expense of some of the world’s best players. Cody defeated Brandon Adams, Frank Kassela, Dani Stern, Jonathan Jaffe and Anthony Guetti. He met Gus Hansen in the semi-final round and then went on to beat Yevgeniy Timoshenko in the championship match.

Cody’s breakthrough win came in the 2010 EPT Deauville Main Event when he was virtually unknown. He had only registered two small cashes before the win. He also had to fight through Mike “Timex” McDonald, Craig Bergeron, Peter Eastgate, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Freddy Deeb and Bruno Fitoussi.

Cody’s World Poker Tour title came at the 2010 WPT London Poker Classic. The field attracted 171 players and earned him $425,492. The final tabled featured Bruce Atkinson, Kristoffer Thorsson and he defeated Nichlas Saarisilta heads up.

In an interview with BLUFF Europe Cody revealed that he got his start playing online after depositing just $10. Then through careful bankroll management and a close circle of friends, his game improved by putting in a lot of volume playing online. But leaving college to pursue a poker career didn’t go over so well with his family.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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