Kahle Burns started Day 3 of the World Series of Poker Europe €25,500 Platinum High Roller as the chip leader and then held off a surging Sam Trickett to win the first bracelet of his career and nearly €600,000.
Three players, Alex Foxen, Abdelhakim Zoufri, and Trickett each started the day with less than 15 big blinds and just 20 minutes after the final six players reconvened, one of them was left with zero.
Foxen shoved from UTG for 5,950,000 with [ and Trickett called from the big blind with . The board ran out to eliminate Foxen in sixth place and given Trickett nearly a full double-up.
After starting the day with the shortest stack, Trickett continued to find spots to move up and just 20 minutes later sent another player home early. Working with less than 12 big blinds, Timothy Adams moved all in for 7,075,000 from middle position with and Trickett called from the big blind with . Adams got some extra outs after the flop, but the turn and river were no help and the Canadian bracelet winner was eliminated in fifth.
Trickett’s run good continued and a three-way all in 30 minutes later sent one player home and provided Trickett with a triple up. Action folded to Burns on the button and he moved all in with . Zoufri called all in from the small blind with before Trickett looked down at in the bid blind and also called all in. Trickett stayed in control through the flop, improved on the turn and dodged Zoufri’s gutshot straight draw after the river. Zoufri was out in fourth and Trickett soared past Burns for the first time.
Reigning WSOP Main Event champion Hossein Ensan had been relatively quiet while the Sam Trickett Show was on display. Ensan eventually found himself in a hand with Burns that saw his run at a second bracelet end. Ensan raised to 2,000,000 from the button with before Burns moved all in from the small blind for 27,775,000 with . Trickett folded his big blind and Ensan called with his tournament life on the line. Neither player’s hand improved through the runout and Ensan was eliminated.
Heads-up play began with Burns holding a 3-2 chip lead but Trickett won enough on the first two hands of play to take a small lead. That’s when Trickett’s run good came to an abrupt end, however. After Burns called from the button with , Trickett made it 5,000,000 with . Burns made it 12,500,000 to go before Trickett moved all in for 42,000,000. Burns called and then watched the board leave Trickett on fumes. Trickett was eliminated on the next hand when his wasn’t able to beat Burns’ in an all-in pre-flop battle.
This marks the third time that Trickett has finished runner-up in a WSOP bracelet event. In 2010, he finished one spot behind Jason DeWitt in a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event and he famously finished runner-up to Antonio Esfandiari in the inaugural Big One for One Drop in 2012.
Burns’s previous best finish in a bracelet event came earlier this summer when he finished second in the $10,000 Six Max NLHE event.
Final Table Payouts
- Kahle Burns – €596,883
- Sam Trickett – €368,889
- Hossein Ensan – €251,837
- Abdelhakim Zoufri – €177,062
- Timothy Adams – €128,326
- Alex Foxen – €95,962
- Anton Morgenstern – €74,117
- Robert Campbell – €59,189