Former Nov. 9er James Akenhead Reaches The End Of Professional Poker Career

Having left poker, Akenhead finds peace.

In a really nice article for Poker Player Magazine, 2009 World Series of Poker November Niner James Akenhead, opens up about what happened to his poker playing career in the 4+ years since he took 9th place in the WSOP Main Event for over $1.26 million dollars.

He details what it’s like to be young and suddenly rich, chasing that next score, running poorly and living out of a suitcase for nearly a decade playing poker.

After 18 months of this dry spell I thought that if this can happen this long how could I go through my 30s, 40s and 50s with this possibly happening? I still couldn’t cash to save my life. I was trying things just to make myself cash now. I was playing really tight to try and increase the chance of me cashing – and it still wasn’t happening.

Now, Akenhead has settled down a bit. Purchasing a bar/restaurant called The Reach Bar, he’s no longer allowed to wake up at noon and work on his own schedule. He’s found a new reality, one that isn’t that of a poker pro, and it seems he’s at peace with that.

Take the time to check out the full interview over at Poker Player Magazine.

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