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Aussie Millions: Kahle Burns Wins A$100,000 Challenge For A$1,746,360

Kahle Burns
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  • Arpit Jain January 24, 2020
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It has been a dream start to the year for Kahle Burns (cover image) who only days ago got inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame for his four tournament titles, including the two WSOPE bracelet wins that he won last year. The high roller specialist has more reasons to celebrate having won the 2020 Aussie Millions A$100,000 Challenge for A$1,746,360. His live career winnings now stand tall at an impressive $9.5 Million, of which over $6 Million he has accumulated since 2019!

Burns entered the final table as the second shortest stack but busted five of his eight opponents; he eventually eliminated the GPI POY Alex Foxen in the heads-up play to claim the title. “This is my first tournament I’ve won on the Aussie Millions circuit and obviously it’s a fantastic one to win,” he said after wearing the coveted Aussie Millions ring.

The event logged in 54 entries making it the second biggest event in the series’ history to generate the A$5.29 Million prize pool, and the top seven places made it in the money.

Heavyweights who couldn’t earn a payday at the event included Steve O’Dwyer, Luc Greenwood, Stephen Chidwick, Seth Davies, Sam Greenwood, Michael Addamo, Mikita Badziakouski and defending champion Cary Katz.


Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Michael Soyza – 2,526,000
  2. Sam Grafton – 1,777,000
  3. Aaron van Blarcum – 1,659,000
  4. Bryn Kenney – 1,625,000
  5. Alex Foxen – 1,600,000
  6. Michael Zhang – 1,333,000
  7. Shan Huang – 1,241,000
  8. Kahle Burns – 863,000
  9. Timothy Adams – 562,000


Final Table Recap

Burns started the final table as the second shortest stack but managed to turn things around after getting a huge triple up. He busted Shan Huang in ninth place. Burns opened with and Huang shoved holding . Burns called and took down the pot as the board blanked out.

The all-time money list topper Bryn Kenney caused the next elimination after he shoved with . Michael Zhang called putting his tournament life at risk holding pocket jacks. Kenney rivered an ace to eliminate Zhang on the money bubble. The remaining players locked up at-least A$317,250 in prize money.

Next up, Alex Foxen min-raised holding pocket queens and action folded to Timothy Adams in the big blind who called with . On the flop, Adams check-shoved and Foxen made the easy call. No further help for Adams meant that he was forced to settle for a seventh-place finish.

Shortly after that, Sam Grafton shoved from the cutoff with , and Kenney called from the big blind tabling . Grafton found no support on the board and busted in sixth place.

Michael Soyza was the next one to fall, and he announced all-in with only to have Burns look him up with . The board ran , eliminating Soyza in fifth place.

Brynn Kenney’s journey ended next when Alex Foxen opened with and Kenney 3-bet holding . Burns woke up with pocket tens and shoved. Foxen folded, and Kenney snap-called. With no ace or king on the board, Burns took down the pot eliminating Kenney in fourth place.

Burns was an unstoppable force, and his next victim was Aaron van Blarcum. Burns opened with and Blarcum jammed with . Burns called and rivered a straight on the runout to send Blarcum packing in third place.

The heads-up play between Burns (10,645,000) and Foxen (2,855,000) saw the former starting out with a considerable chip advantage, and it all ended within half an hour.

On the final hand of the event, Burns opened with and Foxen shoved holding . Burns called and took down the pot on the rundown .

Foxen took home A$1,111,590 for his runner up finish, while Burns collected the top prize worth A$1,746,360.

Kahle Burns
Kahle Burns


Final Table Results (AUD)

  1. Kahle Burns – A$1,746,360
  2. Alex Foxen – A$1,111,590
  3. Aaron van Blarcum – A$740,880
  4. Bryn Kenney – A$582,120
  5. Michael Soyza – A$423,360
  6. Sam Grafton – A$370,440
  7. Timothy Adams – A$317,250


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