Kahle Burns Defeats Sam Trickett To Bag First WSOP Bracelet

Kahle Burns, the latest WSOP Europe bracelet winner

Australia’s Kahle Burns secured his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet at the WSOP Europe festival. Burns triumphed in the €25,500 Platinum High Roller for a €596,883 score defeating Sam Trickett for the victory.

Eighty-three of the world’s best poker tournament players entered the eighth event of the 2019 WSOP Europe. These 83 entrants created a €1,971,250 prize pool of almost double the advertised €1 million guarantee.

Day 1 saw 30 players progress with the legendary Phil Ivey leading the way. Burns bagged up 2,095,000 chips, enough for 12th place going into Day 2.

Burns Bags Chip Lead As Day 2 Concludes

The action on Day 2 was fast and furious and saw the field reduced to the only six hopefuls. Johannes Becker was the unfortunate soul who burst the money bubble, exiting in 14th place. Becker got his chips in good with his ace-jack leading the ace-six of Abdelhakim Zoufri. The German’s lead was short lived as a six landed on the flop. Becker busted in 14th place and the surviving 13 players locked up at least €37,275.

America’s Cary Katz, Christopher Frank, Anthony Zinno and Daniel Negreanu crashed out leaving nine players. Laszlo Bujtas was then eliminated in ninth-place to set the official final table.

Play continued until only six players remained. Current WSOP Player of the Year leader Robert Campbell busted in eighth-place at the hands of Timothy Adams. Anton Morgenstern busted to reigning WSOP Main Event champion Hossein Ensan to bring the curtain down on the penultimate day.

Burns Leads the Final Six

Seat Player Country Chips
1 Timothy Adams Canada 9,650,000
2 Alex Foxen United States 7,200,000
3 Hossein Ensan Germany 22,000,000
4 Kahle Burns Australia 33,650,000
5 Abdelhakim Zoufri Netherlands 5,500,000
6 Sam Trickett United Kingdom 4,975,000

Four of the final six players has less than 20 big blinds in their short stacks so there was plenty of all-in action. Trickett doubled through Burns early on, but Burns would ultimately have the last laugh.

Alex Foxen saw his tournament end in sixth place. Foxen shoved for just under 12 big blinds with queen-jack. Trickett called with the dominating ace-jack. Both players caught a jack on the turn, but Trickett’s hand remained best to bust Foxen.

The dangerous Adams was the next to fall and it was Trickett who did the damage again. Adams was all-in for a little under 12 big blinds with ace-king. Trickett called with pocket eights and the five community cards ran out in Trickett’s favor.

A three-way all-in took care of Zoufri. Burns moved all-in from the button to put pressure on Zoufri and Trickett in the blinds. Zoufri called off his stack and Trickett over-called. It was ace-ten for Zoufri, the lowly eight-five for Burns and pocket kings for Trickett. The kings held, Zoufri busted, and Trickett claimed the chip lead.

Heads-Up Set

Ensan’s hopes of winning two WSOP bracelets in a year were dashed when his king-queen lost to Burns’ ace-ten. This left Burns with a slight chip lead, which was relinquished on the first hand of heads-up.

A complete cooler of a hand all but decided the tournament. Burns limped for 1,000,000 before Trickett made it 5,000,000 to play. Burns raised to 12,000,000 and snap-called when Trickett pushed all-in for 40,000,000. It was queens for Burns and ace-queen for Trickett. No ace arrive and Trickett was left with 2,000,000 compared to Burns’ 81,000,000.

It was over on the next hand. Trickett was all in with seven-four against king-four. The board never even hinted at assisting Trickett and he busted in second-place.

€25,500 Platinum High Roller Final Table Result

Place Player Country Prize (EUR) Prize (USD)
1 Kahle Burns Australia €596,883 $644,410
2 Sam Trickett United Kingdom €368,899 $410,637
3 Hossein Ensan Germany €251,837 $280,331
4 Hakim Zoufri Netherlands €177,062 $197,090
5 Timothy Adams Canada €128,326 $142,841
6 Alex Foxen United States €95,962 $106,822
7 Anton Morgenstern Germany €74,117 $82,505
8 Robert Campbell Australia €59,189 $65,896

Both players had previously come close to winning WSOP bracelets. Burns finished second in a $10,000 NLHE 6-Max event in Las Vegas this summer. Trickett now has three runner-up finishes, including in the inaugural Big One for One Drop that netted him $10,112,001.

The wait for some poker gold continues for Trickett, but the wait is over for Burns.

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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