Kahle Burns Caps HOF Week with Aussie Millions $100K Challenge Win

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Kahle Burns beat Alex Foxen to win the 2020 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge for a $1.17M score. (Crown Casino photo)

Kahle Burns is having a helluva week. The 31-year-old Australian was inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame along with Lynn Gilmartin on Monday. on Thursday night, Burns beat reigning Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen to win the 2020 Aussie Millions $100K Challenge.

The two-day event drew 54 entries for a $3,629,281 US prize pool and the field included the likes of Steve O’Dwyer, Mikita Badziakouski, Sam Greenwood, Stephen Chidwick and 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event champion Bryn Kenney.

After Michael Zhang busted on the bubble, Foxen went to work. From UTG, Foxen raised to 160,000 with QcQh and Timothy Adams called from the small blind with Qs3s. The flop came Qd9h5s and Adams checked. Foxen bet 80,000 and then called after Adams moved all in for 350,000. Adams was unable to make running spades through the As turn and 4d river and was eliminated in seventh place.

Down to just 7.5 big blinds, Sam Grafton moved all in for 610,000 from the cutoff with Jc9c. Kenney called from the big blind with Kd8d. The Ts3s2h flop changed nothing and Grafton missed on the 5s turn and 3d river and was sent packing in sixth.

A blind on blind battle lead to the next elimination and gave Burns his first victim of the final table. Michael Soyza moved all in from the small blind for 350,000 with Jc4h and Burns called with Kc7c. Burns stayed ahead through the Ac6d6hTh8s run out and Soyza was out in fifth place.

It didn’t take too long for Burns to end another player’s run at the title. Foxen raised from the button to 220,000 with As4c before Kenney raised to 975,000 from the small blind with AdKc. From the big blind, Burns moved all-in with ThTs. Foxen folded and Kenney called with his tournament life on the line. The 2019 Aussie Millions Main Event champ was unable to improve his hand on the Qs8s3hQd4d runout and he was eliminated in fourth.

Burns kept the pressure on and just 20 minutes later, found himself heads up for the title after eliminating yet another player. Burns raised to 210,000 from the button with Kh7c, Aaron van Blarcum moved all in for 950,000 from the small blind with AdJc and Burns called. The 8s6h4d flop left van Blarcum in front as did the 3h turn. The 5c river however gave Burns a straight and eliminated van Blarcum in third place.

Those three consecutive eliminations left Burns holding a nearly 4-1 lead over Foxen and it took just a little more than 15 minutes for Burns to collect them all. On the final hand Burns opened from the button to 200,000 holding AsTs. Foxen moved all in for 2,290,000 with Ac9s and Burns called. The KcTc8s flop gave Burns second pair. Foxen made third pair on the 9c turn but the Qd river gave Burns the pot and eliminated Foxen.

The $1,197,663 score is the second largest of Burns’ career, behind only his third place finish in the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series event in Macau in October 2017. According to Hendon Mob, he now has $9,541,399 in lifetime earnings and sits second on the Australian all-time money list behind Joe Hachem.

2020 Aussie Millions $100K Challenge Payouts

  1. Kahle Burns – $1,197,663
  2. Alex Foxen – $762,334
  3. Aaron van Blarcum – $508,099
  4. Bryn Kenney – $399,221
  5. Michael Soyza – $290,342
  6. Sam Grafton – $254,050
  7. Timothy Adams- $217,572