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James Akenhead
James Akenhead at the 2009 World Series of Poker
Nickname(s) "Mokka", "Sickdog", "Reader"
Hometown London, England
Born 1983 (age 26–27)
London, England
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) None
Final tables 2
Money finishes 2
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
9th, 2009
European Poker Tour
Titles None
Final tables None
Money finishes 1
Information accurate as of 15 March 2010.

James Akenhead (born 1983 in London, England) is a professional English poker player, sponsored by Full Tilt Poker.[1] He is best known for being a member of the November Nine in 2009.

World Series Of Poker

At the 2008 World Series of Poker, he finished runner-up to Grant Hinkle in Event #2, a $1,500 No Limit Texas hold 'em tournament. He lost the heads-up battle when he managed to provoke Hinkle to put all his chips in with 10 4, an underdog to his AK, only to see the flop come 10 10 4. The fourth 10 on the turn sealed the victory for Hinkle and Akenhead settled for second place and a $520,000 payday.[2]

Akenhead was the only British player to reach the November Nine final table at the 2009 World Series of Poker. He started the final table with the least amount of chips and was knocked out in 9th place by Kevin Schaffel. Akenhead won $1,263,602 for his performance.[3]

In the same year, Akenhead was one of two November Nine members to reach the final table of the WSOPE main event, the £10,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em championship, the other member being Antoine Saout. Akenhead busted in 9th place, earning him £66,533 ($109,687).[4]

Other Poker Accomplishments

Akenhead is a regular on the Grosvenor U.K. Poker Tour and finished fourth in the U.K. Open in 2008 after winning two preliminary heats.[5]

In December 2009, Akenhead won the Poker Million 8 tournament, winning $500,000 in the process.[6]


  1. ^ James Akenhead
  2. ^ "James Akenhead: Best of British". Bluff Europe Magazine. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  3. ^ Las Vegas Sun: Final table set for World Series of Poker
  4. ^ {{cite web |accessdate=2010-02-11 |url= | title=James Akenhead: Hendon Mob Poker Database |work=Hendon Mob
  5. ^ "James Akenhead - Poker Player Profile". Pokernewsdaily. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  6. ^ {{cite web |accessdate=2010-02-11 |url= |title=James Akenhead wins Poker Million |publisher=Betfair Blog |author=Matthew Pitt |date=2009-12-07

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