Kahle Burns wins $1.7 million in $75,000 buy-in Triton Mediterranean Poker Party High Roller
Twice World Series of Poker bracelet winner Kahle Burns recorded the highest score of her poker tournament career on Friday, September 9. The Aussie beat a field of 88 total entries in the 2022 Triton Mediterranean Poker Party $75,000 No-Limit Hold’em event, winning the title and huge $1,730,000 first place prize.
It was the third time Burns had banked seven figures in tournament poker. He now has nearly $14.3 million in lifetime earnings. The win helped secure his hold on No. 2 on Australia’s all-time winning list. Burns only passed 2005 WSOP main event champion Joe Hachem ($12.4 million) on the back of that score and two other big player cash-ins he’s made in recent weeks. Burns now trails only Michael Addamo ($25.2 million), the only bottom player with more tournament earnings recorded to his name.
Along with the title and silver, Burns also got 816 card player Player of the Year points. It was his third POY-qualified score of the year, having also finished second in a €50,000 high roller at the European Poker Tour Barcelona festival and sixth of a $10,400 buy-in at Mediterranean Poker Night series that preceded this Triton stop. With 1,481 total points and nearly $2.4 million in year-to-date earnings, Bruns now sits just outside the 2022 top 200. POY race sponsored by World poker.
Burns also won 750 Visit PokerGO points as champion of this event, enough to get him into the top 70 of this ranking.
The strong turnout for this high-buy-in event resulted in a prize pool of $6,600,000, which was distributed among the top 13 finishers. Sean Perry was the last player eliminated outside of the money, with his flopped top pair of queens coming up against Burns’ pocket aces. Several big names hit the rail inside the money on the way to the final table, including Triton Madrid event winner Lazlo Bujtas (13th), Triton winner Michael Soyza (12th), Brazilian tournament star Bruno Volkmann (10th) and world poker tour champion Jonathan Jaffe (9th).
Santosh Suvarna (8th – $245,000) was the first to fall at the final table, his A-8 failing to beat the KQ of Swiss high-stakes online star Linus Loeliger. Artem Vezhenkov was next to the rail, his KJ being beaten by Burns’ J-9. Vezhenkov had raised most of his pre-flop short stack from early position and Burns had defended his big blind, then taken a hit on a rainbow 10-6-3 flop. Vezhenkov called with his high king, leaving less than a single big blind behind. Burns landed an open-ended straight draw when an eight hit the turn and bet enough to put Vezhenkov all-in. Vezhenkov called and was ahead, but a queen on the river gave Burns a straight for the win. Vezhenkov won $315,000 in seventh place.
Although Loeliger scored the first knockout at the final table, he was eventually sent home in sixth place. He called all-in for just over six big blinds with K-5 suited against a blind short stack from Burns, who held J-10. Burns hit pocket jacks on the river to draw the pot and reduce the field to five. Loeliger won $400,000 for his deep run. He now has over $3.3 million in live tournament winnings to his name, with millions more won online under the screen name “LlinusLLove”.
Hedge fund manager Talal Shakerchi lost a classic coin flip to finish fifth as his pair of twos failed to get past bracelet winner Sam Greenwood’s AQ. Although he is not a professional player, Shakerchi has now recorded over $8.8 million in career cashes.
Two-time bracelet winner Yuri Dzivielevski got his all-in with A-9 dominating Burns’ A-4, who barely covered him. Burns landed a straight to the river to send the Brazilian to fourth place. It was Dzivielevski’s second deep run in the series, having also finished second in the $30,000 buy-in six-max event days earlier for almost $750,000. With 11 final table finishes, one title and more than $3.3 million YTD POY gains, Dzivielevski is now ranked eighth in the 2022 rankings POY ranking.
WPT champion Seth Davies doubled the short stack at the end of three-handed action and picked up jacks the next hand. He called all-in against a shove from Burns, who held A-9. Burns flopped an ace and held from there to leave Davies with less than a big blind. He found a brace, but then ran QJ into Burns’ aces pocket to be sent home in third place ($815,000), boosting his lifetime earnings to nearly $16.4 million with that. strong performance.
With that, Burns took more of a 3-to-1 head-to-head lead with Greenwood. The Canadian managed to close the gap considerably early on, but Burns remained solidly ahead by the time the final hand was dealt. Greenwood walked off the button for just under 15 big blinds with 44. Burns called with Aseven and the council fell 965seven5 to lock the pot and the title for Burns.
Greenwood earned $1,210,000 as the runner-up, the fifth-highest tally of his career. He now has more than $26.7 million in lifetime earnings, making him the third highest-earning Canadian behind Daniel Negreanu ($45.5 million) and Timothy Adams ($30 million).
Here is an overview of the payouts and ranking points awarded at the final table:
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Photo credits: Joe Giron / Triton Poker.