Kahle Burns

kahle burns
GPI Rank : 22515
GPI Nat. Rank : 786
Total Earnings : $14,896,956
GPI Score : 348,14
First Cash : 2009-11-19
Last Updated on June 30, 2024

Last Result

Date Country Place Prize
Jun 26 - 29, 2024 Pot Limit Omaha Championship 8-Handed (Bracelet Event #66)
World Series of Poker, Las Vegas
60 $24,646


– General Information –

Kahle Burns from Geelong, Australia, has been showing up with live poker results since 2009. Ten years later he has amassed almost USD 10 million in live earnings, putting him in 2nd place on Australia’s all-time money list and edging closer to poker legend Joe Hachem.

– Key Career Dates –

  • 2013: His first major result came in the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific main event, where he pocketed USD 211,392 for a fifth-place finish
  • 2016: In the summer of 2016, he won the Sydney Championships for USD 226,295 and weeks later won the Western Classic Poker Championship in Perth for another USD 55,674. He also came in third in the Asia Championship of Poker in Macau for USD 343,179.
  • 2017: Fourth in the 2017 PokerStars Championship Macau for USD 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 USD 1,300,035.
  • 2018: Final table of the Aussie Millions main event, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour super high roller, and the MSPT Venetian main event. Tenth place in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl.
  • 2019: Runner-up in the WSOP USD 10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship 6-Handed (Event #86) for USD 389,832.
  • 2019: Winner of the WSOPE € 25,500 No Limit Hold’em – Platinum High Roller (Event #8) for USD 667,035 and 4 days later winner of the WSOPE € 2,500 No Limit Short Deck Hold’em (Event #13) for USD 113,263.
  • 2019: Winner of the Poker Masters USD 25,000 No Limit Hold’em for USD 416,500
  • 2020: Winner of the partypoker millions USD 25,000 + 500 No Limit Hold’em – Super High Roller for USD 350,000
  • 2020: Induction to the Australian Poker Hall of Fame
  • 2020: Winner of the Aussie Millions 100k Challenge for USD 1,197,663


– Kahle Burns’ Career –

 → Beginnings ←

Burns started playing just after high school, mainly online on PokerStars for play money. He then moved to free pub poker with friends, started studying starting hands and grinded the PokerPro tables at Crown Casino. Once hte had the hang of that he moved on to the $2-$3 games in the poker room.

Once he realised he was making more money at the poker tables than at his bar job, he just quit and continued playing poker.

As he learns more by doing than studying, it was a slow progress through the ranks, but one might argue, more successful.


→ From Cash Games to Tournaments←

Cash games had been his passion, but at some point boredom kicked in and he found relief and new drive in playing tournaments.

Burns’ first ever result on HendonMob was a 14th place finish in the 2009 Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series A$ 500 + 50 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event for USD 2,566. His first major result with a 5th place finish was for USD 211,392 in the 2013 WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event.


→ World Series of Poker ←

For a long time he had been one of the best players around without a WSOP bracelet, but finally at the WSOP Europe in 2019 he managed to capture two bracelets in a row in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.


→ Other Tournaments ←

2016 was the year that Kahle Burns became more of a familiar face on the high roller circuit. In summer he won the Sydney Championships for USD 226,295 and a few weeks later the Western Classic Poker Championship in Perth for USD 55,674.

More results followed in 2016 and 2017 and Burns’ biggest cash followed then in late 2017 with a 3rd place finish in the 2017 Triton Macau Main Event for USD 1,300,035.

HendonMob lists many more tournament wins and big cashes over the next years and Burns entered a nail-biting race for the GPI Player of the Year win which he ended up missing by just one spot, finishing second worldwide and first in Australia.

In January 2020 he took down the Aussie Millions 100k Challenge for USD 1,197,663, securing his place in history basically at the same time as being inducted to the Australian Poker Hall of Fame.


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Data source: Global Poker Index