James Akenhead wins PokerStars Sunday Million

James “Asprin1” Akenhead proved why he is one of the UK’s best poker players by winning the most recent PokerStars Sunday Million tournament along with $213,750. This was certainly no easy task either when you consider that there were 7,150 players who either paid the $215 buy-in or satellited into the poker tournament. In addition to this, dozens of Team PokerStars pros bought into the event, which meant plenty of players on Akenhead’s level.

Event still, the Londoner battled his way onto the final poker table with the third best chip stack (9.63 million). And Akenhead wouldn’t be behind for long since he got a lucky double-up against chip leader “pnp23” (14.85 million). He accidentally raised 8 million chips with K-T (mis-click) instead of 800k, and pnp23 quickly called with Q-Q. However, the board was kind to Akenhead, and he got a two pair to take the chip lead.

Interestingly enough, this wouldn’t be the end of the Romanian pnp23 because he fought back to meet the Brit in heads-up play. The only problem was that Akenhead held a 4-1 chip advantage, and was quickly able to dispatch pnp23 after rivering a pair of kings to beat pocket eights. Here is a quick look at the final table results from this PokerStars Sunday Million tournament:

1. James “Asprin1” Akenhead – $213,750
2. pnp23 – $157,277
3. Ansgar2000 – $114,000
4. Gambler4444 – $75,525
5. sigopi – $58,425
6. Milana Jones – $44,175
7. shibinha – $30,637
8. tyxerakias – $17,100
9. philipoo – $11,043

Despite his big victory in the PokerStars Sunday Million, James Akenhead will always be known for his live tournament play first. He’s made $2,994,779 in tourney earnings, which ranks him 9th on England’s all-time winnings list. Akenhead’s biggest accomplishments include finishing ninth in the 2009 WSOP Main Event ($1,263,602), ninth in the 2009 WSOPE Main Event ($109,687), first in the Poker Million VIII ($500,000) and second in a 2008 WSOP* $1,500 holdem poker tournament ($520,219).

*World Series of Poker and WSOP are trademarks of Harrah’s License Company, LLC (“Harrah’s”). Harrah’s does not sponsor or endorse, and is not associated or affiliated with RakeTheRake or its partners, products, services promotions or tournaments.

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