Kahle Burns Wins 2019 Poker Masters Event #9

Australian double-WSOP Champion and Poker Masters champion Kahle Burns took down Thursday night’s 2019 Poker Masters Event #9, turning his $25,000 buy-in into a whopping $416,500 after beating 2018 Poker Masters champion Ali Imsirovic heads-up.

There was inevitable excitement at the beginning of the final table with just two events to go, with reigning Poker Masters champion Ali Imsirovic knowing he’d have to win to keep his hopes of keeping the Purple Jacket alive. Also in the action was Sam Soverel, who in the previous event had already taken the lead over Chance Kornuth in the lead, and who had the opportunity to grow his lead to one that would be insurmountable.

Nevertheless, both Soverel and Imsirovic went on to struggle in their goals.

Alex Foxen, who cashed for 60 points and $61,250 and was followed out of the door by the sixth-placed player in the final, David Peters, was the first player to leave the money positions.

Peters set all-in to Imsirovic from the button keeping only queen-deuce from Peters. Yet Imsirovic called back to legitimate competition with ace-jack and that held up to double the Bosnian. Peters, on the other side, was left short-stacked and left shortly afterwards.

It was Elio Fox who left busting for $98,000 in fifth place, despite being mighty unfortunate to do so. The damage was done by Kahle Burns, shoving with ace-seven, and when he was called by Fox with pocket queens, it was an ace on the turn for the wily opponent.

Sam Soverel had gathered in another 120 points, but in the event he didn’t venture any further, finishing fourth when he lost a critical coin flip to Burns. The suitable king-queen of Soverel was unable to hit Burns ‘ pocket nines and Sean Winter found no luck in the next hand with the same bust-out hand as Soverel, this time calling the all-in with ace-nine and holding up to send the event to heads-up competition.

Ali Imsirovic was at the verge, realising that winning this competition would be the only way he would maintain his Purple Jacket. Unfortunately for him, as he was all-in with queen-jack, but defeated by the ace-jack of Burns, he couldn’t fight his way back into contention. The flop brought real hope to Imsirovic for a double-up shake, a queen landing. But it also revealed three diamonds, for which Burns had the diamond ace in his pocket. The river brought another stone, and for the ambitious Imsirovic it was all she read.

Burns is now one of only three players capable of winning the Purple Jacket 2019 Poker Masters. He’s also the new winner of the event, and richer at $416,500.

2019 Poker Masters Event #9 $25,000 NLHE final table results:

Place Player Prize
1st Kahle Burns $416,500
2nd Ali Imsirovic $269,500
3rd Sean Winter $183,750
4th Sam Soverel $122,500
5th Elio Fox $98,000
6th David Peters $73,500
7th Alex Foxen $61,250


Only three men have the chance to slip their arms into the velveteen sleeves of the famous Purple Jacket with just the final event to come. Chance Kornuth has three runner-up spots to his credit, but the new event winner, Kahle Burns, has only 630 points, the same amount.

If Sam Soverel doesn’t score in the final event, both men will have to come second. To be sure of victory, Soverel would need third place, but that’s only if Kornuth or Burns are still interested, as he sits 130 points out of a guaranteed win.

2019 Poker Masters Leaderboard after 9 events:

Position Name Points Winnings
1st Sam Soverel 810 $716,800
2nd Kahle Burns 630 $585,950
3rd Chance Kornuth 630 $556,400
4th Sean Winter 480 $495,350
5th Ali Imsirovic 450 $497,600
6th George Wolff 420 $404,500
7th Alex Foxen 330 $169,450
8th Kristen Bicknell 300 $408,000
9th Sergi Reixach 300 $369,000
10th Isaac Baron 300 $223,100