James Akenhead is a London-born and based English professional
poker player. He is sponsored by Genting Poker and is part of the
London poker group The Hitsquad.
Akenhead's most significant live tournament poker achievment to
date is his 2008 World Series of Poker 2nd place finish, where he
collected a $250,000 prize. He then went to have a good year in
2009, making the final tables of both the WSOPE and WSOP main
events but was not able to make it beyond the final nine in either
case. Akenhead was the only British player to make the final table
at the 2009 World Series of Poker.
James Akenhead finished fourth place in 888.com's 2008 UK
Poker Open, and is a regular on the Grovesnor UK Poker Tour.
Other significant wins for Akenhead include a first place finish at
2009's Poker Million 8 tournament, which saw him take a
In terms of online poker, James Akenhead enjoyed a very
successful start to 2012: Under the screen name 'Aspirin1',
Akenhead won the January PokerStars Sunday Million event,
banking an impressive $213,750. James battled through a field of
7,125 players to take first place and the big cash prize.
Interesting Fact: Before becoming a poker pro, James
Akenhead worked as a railroad conductor.