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Kahle Burns Wins World Series of Poker Europe €25,500 Platinum High Roller

Australian Poker Pro Tops Field Of 83 Entries To Win His First Bracelet And $662,540 USD


Australian poker pro Kahle Burns has won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. The high stakes poker regular from Melbourne outlasted a tough field of 83 entries to win the 2019 WSOP Europe €25,500 ‘Platinum High Roller’ no-limit hold’em event, securing the hardware and the top prize equivalent to $662,540 USD.

“For me, the bracelet is definitely a bucket list thing. I definitely didn’t want to exit poker and not win one, but in terms of the prestige of a bracelet, I feel like it is great to win one,” Burns told WSOP reporters after coming out on top. “But at the same time, anybody can win one too and it doesn’t necessarily mean you are a fantastic poker player. Obviously, in this instance, since it is a 25k, there are some very strong players.”

Burns was not kidding when he said that he had some tough competition to deal with in this event. The other seven players at the eight-handed final table had more than $67.8 million in combined prior live tournament earnings, with four WSOP titles between them.

The final day began with just six players remaining, though. Alex Foxen was the first to go when he got his last 12 big blinds in with QSpade SuitJDiamond Suit and found himself dominated by the AClub SuitJSpade Suit of 2012 Big One For One Drop runner-up finisher Sam Trickett. Foxen was unable to come from behind and found himself eliminated in sixth place, cashing for $106,518 USD to bring his lifetime live earnings total to more than $12.7 million.

2012 WSOP four-max no-limit hold’em champion Tim Adams was the next to hit the rail. He lost a classic preflop race situation with ADiamond SuitKClub Suit against the 8Spade Suit8Heart Suit of Trickett. Adams never improved and was knocked out in fifth place, earning $142,442 USD. With $18,258,108 in career earnings, he sits in third place on Canada’s all-time money list.

Trickett continued his spree by winning a three-way all-in holding KSpade SuitKHeart Suit against the ADiamond Suit10Heart Suit of Hakim Zoufri and the 8Spade Suit5Spade Suit of Burns, who had shoved from the button into his two opponents in the blinds. Trickett’s kings held to bust Zoufri in fourth place. He took home $196,539 USD for his strong showing in this event.

With that Trickett took the chip lead into three-handed play with Burns and reigning WSOP main event champion Hossein Ensan. It didn’t take long for the world champ to get involved in an all-in confrontation. He raised and called a three-bet shove from Burns for his last 25 big blinds with KHeart SuitQSpade Suit. Burns held the AClub Suit10Diamond Suit. Ace high was enough to secure the pot after the rvier and Ensan was knocked out in third place, earning $279,539 USD.

Burns began heads-up play with roughly a 5:3 lead over Trickett, with both players looking to secure their first WSOP bracelets. Trickett was able to fight his way back and take a very slight lead before the two players got all-in preflop in a massive pot that essentially decided the winner. Burns limped in on the button for 1,000,000 with QSpade SuitQDiamond Suit and Trickett raised to 5,000,000 holding ADiamond SuitQHeart Suit. Burns then three-bet to 12,500,000. Trickett shoved for 42,000,000 and Burns quickly called. The board ran out JClub Suit9Heart Suit2Diamond Suit4Heart Suit4Spade Suit and Burns won the massive pot, leaving Tricket with just two big blinds. Burns closed the tournament out on the very next hand, sending Trickett to the rail with $409,478 USD.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Kahle Burns $662,540 672
2 Sam Trickett $409,478 560
3 Hossein Ensan $279,539 448
4 Hakim Zoufri $196,539 336
5 Tim Adams $142,442 280
6 Alex Foxen $106,518 224
7 Anton Morgenstern $82,270 168
8 Robert Campbell $65,700 112

Winner photo provided by WSOP.