Poker Pro James Akenhead wins Poker Million VIII
James Akenhead has rounded off an incredible calendar year by winning the Full Tilt Poker Million VIII tournament – and netting a cool $500,000 in the process. The English star has had a fantastic year on the felt after making the final tables of both the WSOPE and WSOP main events and now has a major trophy to show for his efforts. Finishing ninth in both of his final table appearances at the World Series events Aknehead was understandably ecstatic to win the Poker Million. After toiling with a short stack for much of the competition the Londoner turned it round and eventually beat the experienced Finn Juha Helppi heads up.
The WSOP finalist had to recover from a big blow early on as he lost a significant pot to Luke '_FullFlush1_' Schwartz and found himself back to short stack. However Akenhead’s class shone through and he was back in the game after he caught a flush with As7s against Schwartz’ pocket eights which left him battling against Helppi heads up. Now the blinds were at a punishing level and the bout was over fairly quickly. The Finnish player pushed with pocket sixes and Akenhead made a snap call with pocket tens. The dominant hand held throughout and the tournament win was sealed.
Akenhead later told PokerPlayer “'I've made lots of final tables but not come first so to win such an event as big as Poker Million is just fantastic. I think I played really well tonight. I trusted my instincts and my reads and I didn't make many mistakes throughout the whole tournament.” He certainly is one to look out for in 2010 and is fully focused on improving: 'I'm really looking forward to next year and all the events I'm going to play. Every year that I've played since I started I've won more than the previous year so I've got a big hill to climb next year” he said.