Since reaching the final tables of the World Series of Poker Main Event and the European version back in 2009, James Akenhead has had to endure a torrid time at the tables, both in the live and virtual sense. So many times over the past two years has James gone deep in major events only for a ridiculous cooler hand cost him his stack and he must have thought he had used up his entire stocks of run-good in those two fantastic live results that put him well and truly on the poker map.
I have had the pleasure to speak to James on numerous occasions on the World Poker Tour and although he has always been the consummate professional I got the feeling the act of going deep in tournaments only for it to explode in his face was starting to get to the 28-year old, but he'd never tell you as much. At WPT Prague, over far too much alcohol, I reassured James but telling him that good things happen to good people and anyone who has met James will tell you he is one of the most genuine and likeable people you will ever meet, not just in the poker world, so imagine how delighted I was this morning when I woke up and logged onto my Facebook to discover that good things had happened to a good person, James Akenhead had won the PokerStars Sunday Million! Boom!
Our hero started the nine-handed final table third in chips with just over 9,600,000 but some good fortune finally went his way after a misclick of epic proportions. According to the PokerStars Blog, two players had already been eliminated when James raised to 8,000,885 instead of 800,885 with what turned out to be just leaving himself just 1,530,000 behind. Pnp23 made the call with and james cannot have been happy at all. However, the flop came down and he put the rest of his chips in, was called and after the turn and river were both black nines his stack swelled past the 20,000,000 chip barrier!
One by one the field was being reduced in size until James, playing as Asprin1 found himself heads-up against pnp23, who had doubled him up with THAT misclick. James held a massive 56,844,921 to 14,405,079 chip advantage but that was soon cut down when pnp23's doubled against the on just the second hand of heads-up play.
The very next hand James won a substantial pot then just four hands later the final hand was played. James set pnp23 all in with his and pnp23 called with a pair of eights. The was very safe for pnp23 but the on the turn gave James outs to the flush. These were not needed though because the turned up on the river, eliminating pnp23 and gifting the win to James! I can only imagine the scenes when that beautiful king of spades landed on the turn!
A simple "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!" appeared on James' Facebook status and he was then inundated with congratulations from members of the poker community. James replied to saying, "Thx so much to all you sick railers.....Drinks on me nx time I see you!! :-)"
Congratulations from everyone at UK PokerNews to James on his superb win.
PokerStars Sunday Million Final Table Results
|1||James "Asprin1" Akenhead||$213,750.00|
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