EPT8 Deauville: Fond memories for Triple Crown winner Cody
What does it feel like to win EPT Deauville? Well, one winner is still trying to let it soak in.
Two years ago Jake Cody got his ticket to the main stage of world poker, wining EPT Deauville and a first prize of €857,000 to ink his name among the elite modern talents.
"It still doesn't feel that real even though it was so long ago and its had a lot of time to settle in," said Cody, who plays today. "It was my first EPT. I just love the place I guess."
Less than eight months later Cody scored his second major title, winning WPT London and a further £273,783.
Low and behold, within 18 months of winning the Deauville crown Cody became the quickest, and youngest, Triple Crown winner in poker history, winning the $25,000 no-limit hold'em Heads-Up Championship in Las Vegas, and $851,192. Prior to the World Series Cody had warmed up by winning the Nottingham leg of the UKIPT.
The cold hard numbers amount to $3 million in earnings in two years.
Something must have happened. What does Cody remember being different the day after that first win?
Jake Cody in action today
"I think it gives you confidence, that's the best thing about it," said Cody, discussing the difference an EPT crown makes as a player. "It gives you the belief that you can do it, and that's the best thing."
And now, two years later Cody is back in Deauville ("I just won a nice pot with seven-five of diamonds"). Had he changed anything in his game since that remarkable day two years ago?
"Funny you say that actually, I played a few hands today where a year ago or two years ago I would never have played the same way. So I've definitely changed quite a lot.
Care you elaborate? Cody thought, then smiled.
"I wouldn't want to actually."