Bringing out one of the best fields we will see in this year’s WSOP, the $25,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Championship was bound to be hotly contested throughout the event. In a tournament that pitted distinguished pros against one another in match after match, including Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan, Vanessa Rousso, Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, among many other popular players, we knew this bracelet would be one to cherish.
These events are not only about the bracelets, though. In an event that brought out only 128 players willing to pay the steep $25k, the prize pool swelled quickly. Min-Cashing in 16th place still earned you just north of $67,000. The winner, however, would take home a much better boost to the bankroll, netting $851,192, more than 25% of the $3 million prizepool.
By the time the event reached the quarter finals, many top names made their way to the rail, but all of those left had a poker pedigree that could not be argued with. Eric Froelich, Gus Hansen, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, and Jake Cody all have had their share of success on the felt, all of whom have had major tournament victories in the past. These semifinal matchups, with Froelich playing Timoshenko and Cody trying to take down the Great Dane (who won a similar event in Europe last year), were hotly contested, though both Timoshenko and Cody seemed in control of their respective matches the whole time. Eventually, Cody sent Hansen on his merry way (to one of the high-stakes cash games, no doubt) and Timoshenko outlasted E-Fro on his way to the finals.
Timoshenko blazed out to an early lead and seemed ready to steamroll Cody. However, Cody battled back, both by making pro-caliber plays and, as is necessary to win a tournament, hitting some cards at the right time. Eventually, Cody prevailed, winning his first WSOP bracelet and the first place cash prize.
It is still early in this year’s WSOP, but Cody put himself in a good position to make a run for Player of the Year. A couple more deep runs and he may sneak his way into a household name. One thing is true: he now has the bankroll to do so.