12/7/09 – British online and live tournament poker pro James Akenhead is $500 000 richer after winning the Full Tilt Poker Million VIII this week.
Organised by Matchroom Sports the televised invitational event featured 72 poker aces from around the globe vying for the half-million dollar first prize in a shootout-style competition, with the final table taking place in London Friday.
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Akenhead's considerable experience in final tabling at both the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Main Events earlier this year stood the Brit pro in good stead, enabling him to defeat the top six survivors to take home the money. He faced players of the calibre of Luke Schwartz, Taylor Caby, Juha Helppi, Dag Martin Mikkelsen, and two online qualifiers from Full Tilt, Peter Vasiliou and Craig Wakeham.
When Mikkelsen was eliminated by Helppi in third place the heads up was set between Helppi, who had the chip lead, and Akenhead, but the latter managed to wrest control of the match after a relatively few number of hands, and emerge as the winner after a total of 4 hours of final table play.