EPT Deauville Won By UK Poker Player Jake 'Neverbluff67' Cody

Jake ‘Neverbluff67’ Cody (21) has been crowned the EPT Deauville champion 2009, after he defeated a field of 768 players to take the title and collect an impressive €847,000 first place  prize.
The young talent from Rochdale, England certainly had to battle against all the odds to capture his famous victory, as not only was this his first entry into an EPT tournament, but he had also to overcome a record-breaking sized field consisting of two former world champions and 13 EPT champions.
Following his win, a clearly delighted Jake Cody said: “This is so overwhelming. It’s the sort of stuff I dreamed about with my mates just a few weeks back. I feel like I should be asleep as I can’t believe this is happening.”
As play got underway at the final table, Cody could afford to be patient as the second chip leader and sat back and watched as 2008 WSOP winner Peter Eastgate, on the short stack,  pushed all-in pre-flop with pocket 10’s. Craig “HU4ROLLZ” Bergeron made the call with Ks 9c, and a K on the flop saw Eastgate leave the table first in eighth spot with €70,000 for his efforts.
As the table final played down to three, there wan’t much separating Cody from his two remaining opponents Mike McDonald and Teodor Caraba, with all players on around 7,500,000 chips. The aggression levels were then turned up a few notches as Jake Cody and Teodor Caraba started three betting a high proportion of the time, and by the time McDonald found a spot and got all his money in with pocket J’s, Teodor Caraba holding As 10d hit an A on the flop to dispatch McDonald in third spot for €295,000.
Heads-up was a swingy affair, until the Romanian Caraba found himself all-in with Ad Kh against Cody’s pocket K’s. With no help from the board, Caraba finished the runner-up for €516,000, while Cody received the accolade, €847,000 in prize money and a seat in the EPT Grand Final.
As the EPT Deauville drew to a close, spokesperson Kirsty Thompson said: “EPT Deauville has been a huge success yet again with a warm welcome from Casino Barrière. We had a record-breaking turnout with 768 players and there were some incredible performances – especially from the winner Jake Cody, Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier – who so nearly made the final – and Peter Eastgate who came eighth. Congratulations also to Luca Pagano for his record 14th cash.”

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