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Australian poker fans know his name. Kahle Burns has been on the live poker tournament scene for more than a decade, but the poker pro has been playing cash games since he was old enough to do so in casinos. With both live and online poker experience, Burns has earned his place in today’s high-stakes poker games.
This has been a very good year for Burns in live tournaments, especially ones that have received a lot of global poker media attention.
As long as the wins keep coming, Burns will stay in the poker spotlight.
Always a Passion
Burns was first introduced to poker by a friend who played online and made a substantial hourly profit doing so. According to a CardPlayer interview, Burns was just out of high school and intrigued by becoming a poker pro.
He immediately saw the potential of a game in which skill was a key factor, so he began playing free-money online poker games and no-cost pub poker with friends. He took the skills he learned to the electronic poker tables at Crown Casino near his home in Melbourne, continued improving, and then took to the smaller No Limit Hold’em games in the poker room.
It was then that Burns quit his job at a bar (while studying civil engineering at university) and began earning a living in poker.
Over the years, Burns continued to study and slowly widen his range, increasing his stakes as he went along. Everything from poker forums online to hand histories, mostly from high-stakes games, helped him prepare to play bigger over time.
Results Show Upward Trajectory
Cash game poker results are not tracked in any official way, as it would be impossible. Online poker results can be monitored, but live tournament players show results on the Hendon Mob Database.
This is the best way to see how Burns moved up in stakes over the past decade.
Burns’ original tournaments in 2009, 2010, and 2011 were in Australia, close to home in Melbourne. The buy-ins ranged from $40 to $550. His first win was in a $550 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament, which he won for $35K.
He moved up in 2013, even playing the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific Main Event in 2013 and finishing fifth for nearly $202K. He made another WSOP APAC final table the next year in the $5K buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event.
In the latter part of 2016, Burns went on a hot streak. He won the 2016 Sydney Championships Main Event in Sydney for more than $297K and the Western Classic Poker Championships in Perth for $73,500. He traveled to Macau for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Main Event and won that for several hundred thousand dollars, too.
The winning continued in 2017 as he moved to playing high-roller tournaments. He won the Melbourne Poker Championships High Roller and then finished third in the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in Macau for more than $1 million.
Burns final tabled the 2018 Aussie Millions Poker Championship and went to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, where he finished fifth in a $10K NLHE Heads-Up event and final tabled the Venetian DeepStack Championship. Both of those final tables combined for more than $150K in winnings.
Best Year Yet in 2019
In the tournament world, Burns entered 2019 without a lot of motivation. The aforementioned CardPlayer interview revealed, “I’m not super motivated to put heaps and heaps of time into play anymore,” he said in January 2019. “I’m sort of someone now who plays sporadically really hard.”
His intention was to play more cash games in Macau this year. He may have done that in the beginning of the year, but by May, everything had changed.
That was when Burns won the Crown Poker Championship NLHE High Roller tournament in Melbourne for $103K and headed out to the WSOP in Las Vegas. He had some deep runs there, most notably a second-place finish in the $10K NLHE 6-Handed Championship for nearly US$390K.
Congrats to Kahle Burns who last night added to his already impressive resume by besting the 66-entry field to collect the CPC Event 11 $5K High Roller Challenge trophy for $103,455 pic.twitter.com/rskWMi2z5r
— Crown Poker (@CrownPoker) May 4, 2019
Burns then headed to the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in London, where he final tabled two events. A subsequent trip to Barcelona for the European Poker Tour series saw him final table the Super High Roller and PLO events.
Win After Win
The Aussie traveled to Rozvadov, Czech Republic, in October. The WSOP Europe was in action there. He started with the WSOP Circuit events and finished 12th in the WSOPC Main Event. Then he finished ninth in the WSOP Europe 8-Game Mix.
When it came to the €25,500 buy-in NLHE Platinum High Roller event, Burns won it for his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet and nearly €597K. Days later, he also won the €2,500 NLHE Short Deck event for a second WSOP bracelet and more than €101K.
ICYMI: Australia's Kahle Burns won his second bracelet of the 2019 #WSOPEurope for taking down the €2,500 Short Deck in the early morning hours of Saturday.
— WSOP (@WSOP) October 26, 2019
From there, it was back to Las Vegas for the high-stakes live series called Poker Masters. He took second in a PLO event for $109,200, then fourth in a $25K NLHE for $85K. and then he won the $25K NLHE for $416,500.
Currently, Burns is in the Bahamas in the Caribbean to play the PartyPoker MILLIONS series. In the last few days, he placed fourth in the High Roller event and third in a $50K NLHE event. Those two were worth nearly $500.
Motivation in the Cards
In 2019, Burns won more than $4.1 million thus far. Needless to say, however, the year is not over. There are numerous changes in the next six weeks to add more to his annual tally.
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To date, Kahle Burns has won more than $7.6 million in live poker tournaments. This doesn’t include any cash game winnings or online poker winnings.
Congrats @KahleBurns on winning the #Scoop 1k main!! Woohoo!! pic.twitter.com/Z1hZXlYg9p
— Ricky Kroesen ?? (@rickykroesen) May 23, 2017
According to his latest interview with Poker Central, host of the Poker Masters, cash games have comprised the overwhelming majority of his play. “I primarily started as a cash game player and, up until the last two years, I’ve played 90% cash games.”
Burns is already ranked second on the Australia tournament all-time money list, behind the one-and-only Joe Hachem, former WSOP Main Event champion. Hachem has racked up more than $12.6 million to date. There is no telling how far Burns will go if he keeps playing at such a high level and staying on a streak.
Kahle Burns has jumped to 2# in the Australian all time money list, 2 bracelets and 3.7mill US$ in earnings is this not the Aussie player of the year! Can we get him home for @AussieMillions kid needs a hug!! pic.twitter.com/JbdhUVGF3i
— Ricky Kroesen ?? (@rickykroesen) November 14, 2019
Poker performance often relies a bit on something called “run good.” A person seems to get the right cards, make the right plays at the right time, and the cards fall their way, so to speak. Burns seems to be on this type of run-good heater at the moment, and there is no way to tell when it might end.
But Burns told Poker Central that it’s not about winning certain amount of money or tournaments. “I try not to get too attached to the results, as, obviously, there is a lot of variance in tournament poker,” he said. “So, if I feel like I’m playing good day in, day out, that’s sort of what I pride myself on as opposed to winning a bracelet or winning x-amount of dollars.”
The numbers may not be his goal, but many poker fans have been watching Kahle Burns’ numbers more closely as he continues to win.
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Kahle Burns has been collecting tournament cashes across Australia and Macau for the last decade and has amassed more than $3.4 million in live tournament earnings during that stretch. His first major result came in the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific main event, where he pocketed $211,392 for a fifth-place finish. In the summer of 2016, he won the Sydney Championships for $226,295 and weeks later won the Western Classic Poker Championship in Perth for another $55,674.
It was at that point that Burns started becoming a more familiar face on the high roller circuit. He closed out 2016 with a third-place showing in the Asia Championship of Poker in Macau for $343,179, and then took fourth in the 2017 PokerStars Championship Macau for an additional $415,395. After another win at the Melbourne Poker Championships, Burns finished his 2017 campaign with a third-place cash at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in Macau for $1,300,035. Last year, he continued to post consistent numbers, making the final table of the Aussie Millions main event, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour super high roller, and the MSPT Venetian main event.
With a list of impressive high roller results, Burns found himself gaining some attention with a deep run that ended in tenth-place in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl. However, for the 30-year-old poker pro based in Melbourne, Australia, tournaments have always been a second thought to cash games.
Burns has been a dominant cash game grinder, progressing up the stakes ever since he entered the poker world after high school. Traveling around Australia, or to Macau and the United States, Burns is always on the lookout for a good game and the opportunity to compete against high-level competition.
Card Player recently caught up with Burns to talk about how he got his start in poker, his evolution into becoming a high stakes cash game player, his results in high roller tournaments, and more.
Card Player: How did you get into poker?
Kahle Burns: I think the first time I played it was just after the high school. I remember a close friend of mine in high school was playing $50 no-limit online. I think he was playing about eight tables of that and was making $50 an hour, which obviously as a 17-year-old kid is a lot of money. He was quite a smart and mathematical guy, so when I heard that he was doing this I thought there must be something to this poker and I decided to check it out myself.
CP: How did you progress as a player? What were your next steps?
KB: Basically, what I did was I jumped into playing just play chips on the internet. On PokerStars I would just play for play chips and I ran up a few million. I also started to play some free pub poker events for fun with my friends. From there I progressed to playing the electronic PokerPro tables at Crown Casino that were $50. I started to play those, and I had read opening ranges and that was enough for me to just get in there and start winning straight away. I sort of progressed slowly up from the $50 electronic [tables] to the $100 electronic [tables].
Then I moved to the $2-$3 no-limit hold’em game, which was a $200 buy-in at the time, and I started to make enough money where I was earning more money than I was working at a bar while studying civil engineering. When I realized that I could make more money in the casino than working at the bar, I just quit my job.
CP: What has been the key to you moving up stakes?
KB: It was a slow process of getting better and figuring it out on my own mostly by playing. I’m someone who learns a lot by doing, like a kinesthetic learner, so I definitely learned a lot by playing. In terms of study, I gotta be honest, I didn’t do heaps of study. But the study I did do that was quite beneficial was I used to go on to the high-stakes threads online and see what was happening in the cash game action, and they would have notable hands that would be posted there.
I’ve always been of the opinion that the best players in the world are the people that are sitting at the $200-$400 games online and waiting. Because if they weren’t the best people would be sitting them. So those guys that were battling at those stakes, I would want to see what they’re doing. When I used to read a lot of their hands, some of them I found that I didn’t quite understand. Why are they doing this? Or, this is odd, and then over time with reflection I would start to figure it out and it would make sense. You can turn that into a good strategy. That was definitely the thing that helped me learn for sure.
CP: What was your poker activity leading up to your fifth-place finish in the 2013 WSOP Asia-Pacific main event?
KB: At that point I was already playing $50-$100 no-limit hold’em cash games. I just hadn’t really had any tournament results. Overall, I’ve always been a cash game player who’s put in a lot more cash game volume than tournaments.
CP: There’s a gap in your results following WSOPAPAC. Was this due to just focusing on cash games?
KB: I was just playing all cash games. Maybe a little bit in Macau, but just around Melbourne and Sydney, and I might go to the States to play sometimes. I did go to Vegas those years, but I pretty much skipped every tournament except for the main event.
CP: What are your overall impressions of the cash games in Macau compared to anywhere else in the world?
KB: The cash games in Macau; they’re good and they’re bad. The part that’s good is that they have a very fair system in a way that works for everybody. But they are also quite cutthroat, because you have to play against very good players and you have to be prepared to do long hours.
If certain people were in town and there is a really good game and the regulars get in, they’ll flip for who gets sit on the table. Then you have two VIP seats, so they’ll flip for who gets the good seats because you want to be in position on the two VIP seats as well. Generally, people will battle for like six hours and you might get a mark, or a fish will show up and then it will continue like that. If you want to play in Macau, you have to be prepared to play really good players and do long sessions at the higher stakes.
CP: In the second half of 2016 you won the Sydney Poker Championships and the Western Classic for back-to-back titles. How did that feel winning two titles after heavily focusing on cash games?
KB: It felt pretty nice. I hadn’t really had a tournament result for a while and then to just rip a couple of things off always feels good. Whenever you enter a tournament you have your buy-in and then whatever edge is your equity, so when you finish first, you’ve just ran really good. It definitely feels fantastic.
CP: From there it appears as though you have predominately transitioned into high roller tournaments. Was there a reason behind this?
KB: At this time when I had those tournament results, I was getting a bit bored with poker in general. I’ve always been passionate about the game, but I had been playing cash games for so long and it could become a bit monotonous. So it incited a bit of excitement with tournaments. I worked on my tournament game a bunch and played online a bit and started to do okay. I decided maybe I’ll jump into some of these high rollers. I think I can sort of mix it up with these guys now, whereas before I had just been playing 95 percent cash games and I thought I don’t really have any business playing the high rollers at that point.
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CP: You have reached several high roller final tables, but how did it feel finishing in third-place in the Triton Super High Roller for over $1.3 million?
KB: Obviously the result was fantastic. Whenever you make a final table and don’t win its sort of like a bittersweet feeling. I’m quite a competitive person so I was obviously trying to win, but it definitely felt good making the final table and playing with some of the best tournament players in the world. Playing against tough competition definitely feels good.
CP: What does it feel like playing against those high roller regulars that are arguably the best players in the world?
KB: It’s definitely more exciting because you’re sort of in the driver’s seat to witnessing some great poker minds at play. I’m going to be concentrating a lot more because I might be able to learn something in the session as well. I might be able to pick up what some of these elite players are doing. Overall, I feel quite comfortable playing with those players especially towards the start of the tournament when the stacks are deeper due to my cash game experience.
CP: You were one of the 48 players to partake in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl. How did it feel playing the biggest buy-in of your career against some of the world’s best?
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KB: I thought the tournament itself is an absolutely fantastic event. It’s greatly structured, and they don’t skip any levels. There’s no rake and a decent mix of amateur and elite players. I just thought it was a tournament that I would want to be involved in both for the experience and to obviously hopefully try to make some money.
What actually happened with the Super High Roller Bowl was that I was in Macau and I had 20 minutes to register for the lottery. I didn’t realize it was going to close out, so I was like a mad flurry of texting people that I needed someone to put down the $30,000 deposit. Luckily Ben Lamb was nice enough to drop off my deposit for the tournament and then I just wired some money to Aria and paid the rest when I got there. I had come to terms that the $300,000 buy-in was in there by the time I rocked up to Vegas. That was all she wrote.
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CP: You were unfortunately eliminated in tenth-place and were just two spots shy of the money. What was the feeling like when you were eliminated by Stephen Chidwick?
KB: Maybe slightly disappointed because obviously when you come that far you want to make the money… and it’s a lot of money. But I was more like, ‘[email protected]*k! I wonder if I made some mistakes in this tournament.’ I wasn’t happy with a couple of hands I played so I was more anxious to go and review the hands I played that I was perhaps not happy with. Other than that, if I feel happy with how I played I generally don’t get too attached to the results win or lose. I’m a big proponent of, if you make the right decisions the money just comes in the long run. So I try and go in with that attitude win or lose.
CP: Two weeks later you finished third in the MSPT $5,000 main event at Venetian behind poker couple Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell. Three-handed play lasted a grueling four hours and came under some scrutiny. What are your thoughts of how it all unfolded?
KB: I’ve copped a lot of flak for not taking a deal here. I don’t regret my decision with the information I had. I still haven’t spoken to those two people and I’m planning to do that quite soon to sort of clear the air and hear their thoughts.
I don’t feel bad about not taking the deal, I feel like I started three-handed as quite a short stack. I ended up taking the chip lead several times having Foxen all in three times with the worst hand and then losing all three times. In terms of the scrutiny, I would like to speak to them first before I can give my thoughts on that. I’ve definitely looking at the footage and I wouldn’t say that they went in there with plan like to collude or soft play like some people said. But watching the footage it definitely looks like there’s several hands that were played that were not in the best interests of their own stack. Some of these hands you either have made big fundamental errors or you’re soft playing each other I believe these players are pretty solid players so they shouldn’t really be making these fundamental mistakes.
I don’t necessarily think they’re bad people or they went in there with the intention of colluding or anything like that. I don’t envy their situation either. They’re boyfriend and girlfriend and they love each other, and of course they’re going to root for me to bust right? It’s only human, you want me to bust. If I was in that situation, I’m just playing my stack straight up and I’m trying to win selfishly because I think that’s what is in the spirit of the game. I thought I was sort of protected by not dealing because it’s on a live stream, and if you do anything dodgy there’s inevitably going to be a bunch of scrutiny right. So obviously they’ve dealt with all that scrutiny now and I guess it is what it is.
CP: What does the future hold for your poker career? Do you have any specific goals in mind or benchmarks you’re trying to hit? What’s going to keep you motivated going forward?
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KB: I’m not going to lie, I’m not super motivated to put heaps and heaps and heaps of time into play anymore. I’m sort of someone now who plays sporadically really hard. What I’ll do is when the games are good or I’m overseas and I’m playing high-stakes, I will work myself very hard. I will play up to 100 hours a week sometimes and I’ve done 30-hour sessions. Stuff like that. But when the games aren’t so good and I’m in Melbourne or whatever, I’ll just chill. I would happily take a month off or six weeks off and just hang out with my friends and see my family. In terms of what I’m actually going to do, I don’t have any goals. I’m definitely going to play more cash games primarily in Macau. I think that’s the best situation for me right now to be playing a lot more cash games.