Kahle Burns is presently enjoying the best year of his live poker career. The high stakes pro already had over $2 million in earnings in 2019 heading into the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe. Now, he has his first career WSOP bracelet.
On Tuesday, Burns took down the €25,500 Platinum High Roller Event for his first bracelet and $644,410 in prize money. Just missing out on the final table was fellow-Aussie Robert Campbell who is presently atop the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard.
Platinum High Roller Draws Solid Field
For those of you that don’t regularly follow the poker world, the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe is presently in the home stretch. Nine events have already completed with a couple of others expected to finish on Wednesday.
When the schedule for the 2019 WSOP Europe came out, King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik wanted to add additional High Roller events to entice high rolling pros to come to the casino. So far, this has been wildly successful as exhibited by the Platinum High Roller.
The €25,500 Platinum High Roller kicked off on Sunday and drew an impressive field of 83 players. Players such as Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Viktor Blom, Alex Foxen, and others took their seats in the event.
Over the course of two days, the event was cut down to the final table of six. During that time, Robert Campbell made a deep run, ultimately finishing in eighth place. The finish was huge as he retook the lead for WSOP Player of the Year. He now leads Shaun Deeb by 147.33 points with four events left to play out.
By the time the final table was reached, Aussie High Roller Kahle Burns had the chip lead. Joining him at the final table were poker superstars Sam Trickett, Alex Foxen, and Hossein Ensan, Timothy Adams. Abdelhakim Zoufri from the Netherlands was also in the remaining six.
2019 Main Event Champion Finishes Third
Alex Foxen was the first to fall at the final table on Tuesday. He ran Q-J into the A-J of Sam Trickett. Soon after, Timothy Adams flipped for his tournament life with A-K against the pocket eights of Trickett. Trickett’s eights held.
Hakim Zoufri was knocked out in a big three-way all-in hand. Kahle Burns shoved with 8s-5s and was called by Sam Trickett holding pocket kings and Zoufri who was holding A-10. A turn king gave Trickett and was enough to give him the hand, and the chip lead. Zoufri left in fourth place.
Hossein Ensan is the 2019 WSOP Main Event Champion and was looking to become the first person to win both the WSOP Main Event and a WSOP Europe bracelet in the same year. Unfortunately, he fell in third place. He ran K-Q into the A-10 of Kahle Burns. The board ran out eight-high and Ensan left to collect €251,837 in prize money.
Kahle Burns Wins First Bracelet in Platinum High Roller
Ensan’s knockout put Burns back into the chip lead at the start of heads-up play against Sam Trickett. Trickett retook the chip lead briefly but Burns quickly retook the lead. Trickett moved back slightly into the chip lead but then ran into a bit of a cooler to all but end his tournament.
A big raising war pre-flop resulted in Trickett moving all-in with Ad-Qh. Burns insta-called with pocket queens. The board failed to produce an ace and Trickett was down to just two big blinds. The very next hand, Trickett shoved with 7s-4s and ran into a Ks-4d from Burns. The board did not produce a seven and Burns won his first bracelet.
Australian online casino and poker room player Kahle Burns finally took down his first career WSOP bracelet and the third for Australia in 2019. His win also earned him €596,883 in prize money.
As of this writing, Burns is also atop the leaderboard in the €100,000 Diamond High Roller Event. It will be interesting to see whether he can win both of these prestigious events.