Can Anyone Stop Kahle Burns? Aussie Books Another Victory

Kahle Burns is experiencing the heater of a lifetime

Poker players go on heaters where they can seemingly do nothing wrong. Kahle Burns is in the process of redefining the “heater” because his current purple patch is nothing short of ridiculous.

Burns is running hot but take nothing away from this exceptionally talented Australian. He’s a cash game specialist who’s played poker professionally for the last 12-years, occasionally dipping his toe in tournaments.

The majority of Burns’ live tournament action took place in his native Australia and Asia, until 2018. That was the year Burns made the long journey to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. A third-place finish in a $5,000 buy-in non-WSOP event netted Burns $120,000 in an otherwise fruitless trip.

Last year was the breakthrough year for Burns as he bulldozed his way to $4,364,547 worth of earnings.

Burns started 2019 by winning an Aussie Millions ring in the $5,000 High Roller, a finish worth US$72,556. He then finished second in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship at the WSOP six months later for $389,832.

A trip to the United Kingdom for the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series followed. Burns enjoyed a sixth and fourth-place finish in big-buy-in events for a combined $778,662.

Four cashes at European Poker Tour Barcelona yielded $976,593 before a trip to Rozvadov changed Burns’ life.

Burns Wins a WSOP Bracelet Then Scoops a Second

The Aussie headed to Rozvadov, Czech Republic for the 2019 WSOP Europe festival. His decision to do so proved a good won because he followed up two cashes with a victory in a bracelet event. Burns binked the €25,000 High Roller for the equivalent of $667,035. He won another bracelet four days later, triumphing in the €2,500 NL Short Deck for an additional $113,263.

Another $610,700 was won at the 2019 Poker Masters in Las Vegas before he scooped $527,400 at the Caribbean Poker Party.

2020 Off to a Flying Start for Burns

Burns revealed in an interview at the end of 2019 that he didn’t know if he was going to play many live poker tournaments in 2020. He must have changed his mind because he was in the UK for the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK festival. Here, he won the $25,500 Super High Roller for $350,000 and finished second in the $10,300 High Roller for $165,000.

The heater looks to be infinite because he won a massive US$1,197,663 in Melbourne at the 2020 Aussie Millions. This incredible result takes Burns’ lifetime winnings passed the $9.5 million barrier.

Only 54 players bought into the A$100,000 Challenge but the massive buy-in meant $5,292,000 (US$3,629,281) was up for grabs. Seven players received a slice of this ample pie.

2020 Aussie Millions A$100,000 Challenge Results

Place Player Country Prize (AUD) Prize (USD)
1 Kahle Burns Australia $1,746,360 $1,197,663
2 Alex Foxen United States $1,111,590 $762,334
3 Aaron van Blarcum United States $740,880 $508,099
4 Bryn Kenney United States $582,120 $399,221
5 Christopher Soyza Malaysia $423,360 $290,342
6 Sam Grafton United Kingdom $370,440 $254,050
7 Timothy Adams Canada $317,250 $217,572

British pro Michael Zhang burst the money bubble when his pocket jacks lost to Bryn Kenney’s ace-seven. Kenney caught an ace on the river to bust Zhang and lock up A$317,250 for the remaining seven players.

Canada’s Timothy Adams busted in seventh-place when he check-raised all-in with queen-three on a queen-high flop. Unfortunately for Adams, Alex Foxen held pocket queens and had flopped a set. Adams couldn’t catch up and his tournament ended.

Sam Grafton was the next to fall. Kenney called Grafton’s short-stack shove with king-eight and beat Grafton’s jack-nine.

Burns Busts The Left, Right, and Center

Michael Soyza’s impressive run ended in a fifth-place finish. Soyza committed his last four big blinds with jack-four and lost to the king-seven of the hot-running Burns.

The water became less shark-infested when Kenney fell by the wayside. Foxen raised to 220,000 on the button and kenney three-bet to 975,000 in the small blind with ace-king. Burns woke up with tens in the big blind and shoved. Foxen folded, but Kenny called. The five community cards ran void of aces and kings and Kenney was sent to the showers.

High Roller newcomer Aaron van Blarcum had to make do with a third-place finish worth A$740,880. Van Blarcum recently won the WPT Legends of Poker, but couldn’t finish the job in Australia. He busted at the hands of Burns when he three-bet all-in for nine big blinds with ace-jack. Burns called with king-seven and improved to an eight-high straight by the river.

Burns led Foxen by 10,645,000 to 2,855,000 chips and the gap was too far for Foxen to bridge. The final hand saw Burns min-raise to 200,000 and Foxen jam for 2,290,000. Burns called and showed ace-ten and was versus Foxen’s dominated ace-nine. A ten on the flop sealed the deal for Burns who won yet another major event.

Where he plays next only he knows but his opponents will be praying he decides to take a break!

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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