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The Round Table – Kenna James – Q & A’s with Your Favorite Pros

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Cowboy Kenna James has been playing poker professionally for more than 10 years. He’s cashed for over $3.1 million dollars and has won numerous live tournaments.

Name: Kenna James


Date of birth: 12/18/63

Place of birth: Chicago, IL

Currently residing: Las Vegas, NV and Los Angeles, CA

Favorite song to listen to before tournament that gets you pumped up: Lose Yourself by Eminem

Craziest prop bet: It was a weight bet that ended up costing me $500,000. I was in Aruba and I made a weight bet with Mike Sexton and Ralph Rudd in 2005. The bet was for $25,000 and that by Christmas you had to have lost 5% of your weight or pay $10,000. By February 1st you had to lose another 5% for another $10,000. By the opening day of the Main Event you had to keep it off for another $5000. When the weigh in came in February Mike Sexton was so far away that he called to offer a deal. Ralph was 7 lbs over but I knew that he would rather lose an arm than lose a bet so with 3 days to go I figured he was still going to make it. I was already at my goal but I was drinking juice and hadn’t eaten for a week. I was dazed and famished when Mike called to offer a deal. I wanted the bet to end because I had to wait 3 more days and I was already extremely hungry. I probably wasn’t thinking correctly. The deal he offered me was to put me in the Party Poker Million to call off the bet and that he and Ralph would each get a third of me in that tournament. Not thinking straight and realizing that I would have already won $10,000 I accepted the offer and gave 2/3 of myself for free. I went on to win $700,000 and even though I had won the bet I had to ship $520,000. Sometimes even though you win, you lose.

Favorite places to travel:
Home because I am always traveling and coming home is always the best.

What do you like to do in your spare time: Go to the movies, play golf, and research spirituality, psychology, enjoy pizza and a beer and watch American Idol.

Any celebrity crushes: It used to be Holly Hunter but now it’s Meg Ryan.

If you weren't playing poker what career would you have: I would own a production/entertainment studio.

What is something no one knows about you: That I am a damn good actor.

Favorite movie: It’s a wonderful Life

Hobbies: Golf, scuba diving, game playing.

Describe yourself in three words: Lover of life.

What are you most proud of in your life: My children.

What is your favorite smell: Orange blossoms.

Favorite taste:
A woman’s lips.

Favorite sound: Thunder.

Biggest impulse purchase: Mercedes hard top convertible.

What is a day in your life like outside of playing poker: Fun – I study, I socialize, I spend time with the kids, I develop business projects, work on my career. I entertain, and try to find a balance between taking life too seriously and having fun.

How many tournaments do you play a year: About 100.

What is the most over used phrase in poker:
That’s poker.

How do you celebrate when you make a big score, either tournaments, cash, online or live: A nice dinner with friends and family.

What are you up to now: just recording a song that you can find on youtube – Kenna James ‘Dream’ which chronicles my journey through the poker world. I am commentating for WPT Canada, I am teaching WPT Bootcamps. I am attending my son’s concerts and my other son’s baseball games. I’m also travelling the world to play poker.

Biggest poker goal: To win the respect and honor of my peers and the other professionals that I respect.

WSOP cashes: 16

WPT final tables: 1

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