Poker Rage Causes Axe Maniac To Attack Opponent in Barber’s Chair

Jack Nicholson-style axe maniac imprisoned for poker rage attack.

Chopping the Pot? An axe-wielding maniac, similar to the one depicted here by Jack Nicholson, was sent to prison in the UK for attacking his victorious opponent in a barber’s chair this week. (Image: Warner Bros)

A sore poker loser who attacked his vanquisher with an axe as he sat in a barber’s chair was sent to prison for 27 months by a UK judge this week, as reported by the Gloucestershire Live.

Victim Scott Hayward, who had only visited his local barbershop for a quick trim, got way more than he bargained for: a full blown axe attack, meted out by aggrieved business student Kiano Haughton-Jones, whom Hayward had bested at the poker table a few weeks earlier.

In one of the grisliest stories we’ve ever covered at CardsChat, the court heard that Hayward was in the chair having his hair cut at Sam’s Barbers, in the English West Country town of Gloucester, when Haughton-Hones walked in, pulled out an axe and plunged it into the victim’s arm.

Bad Blood

“He pulled out a small axe from the waistband of his trousers and held it up. He said he was going to ‘stick it to’ Mr Hayward,” explained prosecutor Janine Wood.

According to Wood, there had been “bad blood” between Haughton-Jones and Hayward ever since the poker game, when the victim won an unspecified amount of money from his assailant.

Haughton-Jones then fled the barber’s shop on foot only to be arrested five days later in the nearby town of Cheltenham. Witnesses later picked the axe-man out in an identification parade.

Having initially pleaded not guilty on the grounds of “self-defense,” Haughton-Jones quickly came to realize that his defense was as shaky as his poker playing skills and admitted unlawful wounding and being in possession of an axe as an offensive weapon in a public place

Bad Criminal Record

“I was admitted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital,” said Hayward in a victim impact statement. “I was in a lot of pain. The drugs I was given for the pain didn’t touch it. I have had to have had to have two operations to repair the nerve and tendon damage in my hand. I still have no feeling in the little finger. I will need further physio.

“There had to be security on the ward because of concern he might find out where I was and cause me more injury.”

Haughton-Jones’ defense lawyer Steven Hadley conceded that his client has a “bad criminal record” but insisted it was pure coincidence that the two men were at the barbers at the same time.

“The meeting of the victim there was by chance,” he said. “The defendant had in the past had a number of threats made against him and that is why he had an axe with him. It cane as a surprise to both men to find themselves face to face. My client pulled out the axe because he feared some form of attack. He accepts he then went over the top.”

Let this be a warning to talented poker players everywhere.

Written by
Philip Conneller
As part of the team that launched Bluff Magazine back in 2004, and then as Editor of Bluff Europe, Philip Conneller has (probably) written thousands of articles about poker and has travelled the globe interviewing the greatest players in the world, not to mention some of the sexiest celebrities known to man in some of the world’s sexiest destinations. The highlight of his career, however, was asking Phil Ivey (as a joke) how to play jacks, and emerging none-the-wiser. Philip once won $20,000 with 7-2 offsuit. He has been told off for unwittingly playing Elton John’s piano on two separate occasions, on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He became a writer because he is a lousy pianist. He lives in London where he spends his time agonizing about Arsenal football club, yet in Wenger he trusts.


rifflemao wrote...

This seems like a good time to recommend Jared Tendler’s The Mental Game of Poker.

jashiggs wrote...

that ship has well and truly set sail!

jashiggs wrote...

i’m sure it must have been an axeident.

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