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Kahle Burns Wins 2020 Aussie Millions $100,000 AUD Super High Roller

The Australian Native Topped A Field of 54 Entries To Win More Than $1.2 Million USD


Kahle Burns has been one of tournament poker’s hottest players in recent months. Since the start of October of 2019, the Australian poker pro has made 12 final tables and won five titles. His most recent victory came in the 2020 Aussie Millions $100,000 AUD super high roller. Burns outlasted a field of 54 total entries to win $1,746,360 AUD ($1,204,988 USD). This was the second-largest score of his career, and it brought his lifetime live tournament earnings to more than $9.5 million.

In addition to the money and the title, Burns was also awarded 600 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was already his second title and third final-table finish of 2020. As a result of his strong start to the year, Burns has climbed into fourth place in the POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker.

Burns entered the final table of this event as the chip leader, with poker’s all-time money leader Bryn Kenney sitting in second place on the leaderboard.

Timothy Adams was the first player eliminated inside the money. He got his last chips in on a QClub Suit9Heart Suit5Spade Suit flop holding QSpade Suit3Spade Suit. He got called by Alex Foxen, who had flopped top set with the QHeart SuitQClub Suit. The ASpade Suit on the turn gave Adams a backdoor flush draw, but the 4Club Suit on the river saw him knocked out in seventh place ($218,903 USD).

Britain’s Sam Grafton was the next to fall. He shoved for 610,000 from the cutoff holding JClub Suit9Club Suit and Bryn Kenney called from the big blind with KDiamond Suit8Diamond Suit. King high was enough to secure the pot for Kenney by the river. Grafton took home $255,604 USD as the sixth-place finisher.

Michael Soyza’s tournament concluded with a blind-versus-blind showdown. It folded to him in the small blind and he moved all-in for just over 4 big blinds with JClub Suit4Heart Suit. Burns called with KClub Suit7Club Suit from the big blind. Neither player improved and Soyza hit the in fifth place ($292,118 USD).

With that Burns took a sizable lead into four-handed action. He extended his advantage even further by eliminating Brey Kenney in fourth place. Alex Foxen kicked off the hand by raising from the button. Kenney three-bet to 975,000 holding ADiamond SuitKClub Suit and Burns shoved with the 10Spade Suit10Heart Suit. Foxen got out of the way and Kenney called. The board ran out QSpade Suit8Spade Suit3Heart SuitQDiamond Suit4Diamond Suit and Burns’ tens held up. Kenney earned $401,663 USD for his latest deep run, increasing his career earnings to more than $56.6 million.

Burns continued his knockout spree by busting 2019 World Poker Tour Legends of Poker champion Aaron Van Blarcum in third place. Burns raised to 210,000 from the button with KHeart Suit7Club Suit. Van Blarcum shoved for 950,000 out of the small blind with ADiamond SuitJClub Suit. The 8Spade Suit6Heart Suit4Diamond Suit3Heart Suit5Club Suit board gave Burns the winning straight. Van Balrcum secured $511,207 USD for his strong showing.

With that Burns took more than a 3.5:1 lead into heads-up play against Alex Foxen, who is also one of the brightest young stars on the tournament scene at the moment. Foxen was unable to overcome the huge defecit. He ultimately got his last chips in with AClub Suit9Spade Suit, only to run into the ASpade Suit10Spade Suit of Burns. The board came down KClub Suit10Club Suit8Spade Suit9Heart SuitQDiamond Suit and Burns made a pair of tens to secure the pot and the title. Foxen earned $766,997 as the runner-up finisher. The score saw his lifetime earnings grow to more than $16.1 million.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Payout (USD) POY Points
1 Kahle Burns $1,204,988 600
2 Alex Foxen $766,997 500
3 Aaron Van Blarcum $511,207 400
4 Bryn Kenney $401,663 300
5 Michael Soyza $292,118 250
6 Sam Grafton $255,604 200
7 Tim Adams $218,903 150

Winner photo via Aussie Millions’ Twitter account.