When the final table of the World Poker Tour Main Event got underway, most eyes were on 21 year-old phenom Kristoffer Thorsson. However, in the end, it was another online poker wunderkind who was the last man standing in the event.
Jake Cody of Britain first rose to notoriety when he won the European Poker Tour stop in Deauville earlier this year. Now the youngster is two-thirds of the way to poker’s elusive triple crown thanks to a tour de force performance at the London final table. Cody began the day in the middle of the chip counts, but slowly built up a stack thanks to some aggressive preflop play and a little good fortune.
When the final table began, PartyPoker.it Pro Giovanni Safina held the chip lead, but a rough run of cards and several tough spots saw the Italian finish in fifth place. Thorsson had an opportunity to net PartyPoker online qualifiers like himself an additional $1 million with a victory. That looked like a distinct possibility midway through the final table, for as Safina was faltering, Thorsson was climbing the counts. Once play got to four-handed though, it was Thorsson who stumbled while Cody began to build a massive stack. He held a 4-1 chip advantage over Nichlas Mattsson headed into heads-up play.
Mattsson was able to rally, but ultimately ran his AQ into Cody’s pocket queens, securing Cody the victory and the $422,000 first place prize. At just 21, Cody already has over $1.6 million in live tournament earnings and two major titles.
Here are the final table results from the WPT London Main Event
1st: Jake Cody – £273,783
2nd: Nichlas Mattsson – £176,979
3rd: Bruce Atkinson – £93,316
4th: Kristoffer Thorsson – £56,311
5th: Giovanni Safina – £42,233
6th: Sandiep Khosa – £34,189
7th: Fabian Quoss – £26,144
8th: Gareth Teatum – £18,100
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