The MILLIONS U.K. Super High Roller’s dramatic final day saw Australia’s Kahle Burns take the event down and win $350,000 in the process as he defeated Igor Kurganov for the Dusk Till Dawn Casino title in Nottingham.
The event may have been tailor-made for the experienced and in-form Burns, who crushed High Roller events since taking down two WSOP bracelets in a week during the late 2019 WSOP Europe festival. A trip to Las Vegas added more titles to the Poker Central circuit, and Burns did it again in Britain, delivering the best when it was requested by the tournament.
Ironically, Burns was in Britain instead with the Aussie Millions going on across the other side of the world. While Melbourne’s Crown Casino will miss the second-best poker tournament player in Australia’s history behind Joe Hachem, nottingham’s gain is Burns attendance at Dusk Till Dawn.
Luke Reeves had the chip lead overnight, but his day was to take a less than positive turn in a dramatic way. This, however, would not be an immediate story to catch the news, mostly because the first two rates were still open to registration (and re-entering).
As play moved closer and closer to the final table, players like Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell were whittled away, sitting next to each other but unable to survive the field. The final nine players were set when Adrian Mateos bubbled the final table, but the money bubble was still to burst.
This is where Luke Reeves came in. Having enjoyed the fortune of winning the previous day’s final hand, getting it in with aces against the kings of Michael Zhang to propel himself with nearly twice the chips of anyone else to the chip lead.
Reeves was in a completely different position with six players remaining in the game, short-stacked and looking up the leaderboard at Igor Kurganov’s 22 million chips mountain stack, more than all over players put together and then some. Reeves was eliminated in the only remaining unpaid position, his all – in with pocket fours ruined by Igor Kurganov’s silent assassins calling for blind-on-blind destruction–pocket queens.
With a total of 37 entrants throughout the two-day event creating a prize pool of $897,250, Steve O’Dwyer, who went home for $75,000 when Kurganov’s ace-eight called his all – in attempt with king-jack and couldn’t catch up, was the first player to cash in for the lowest amount of that booty.
Preben Stokkan cashed for $100,000 in 4th place when Ben Heath’s ace-king defeated his ace-eight, but Heath himself would bust for $150,000 in 3rd place. The British pro, who had only entered for one bullet, broke into Kurganov when the hero of the home country moved all – in for jack-nine and finally was named by the suitable King-five of Kurganov, who retained.
Heads-up, Kurganov held a lead in the chip ratio of around 3:1, but would be overtaken by Burns, who flopped a flush to get value for a pivotal pot on the river. For pocket fours, the final hand saw Kurganov step in and Burns made the call for ace-ten. A king and queen on the flop gave Burns more outs, and a jack on the turn handed a straight and sealed Broadway victory to the Australian before the board was completed by an inconsistent ten on the river.
The top prize of $350,000 will matter most to Burns, but another championship will be most welcome to one of the game’s biggest current stars, while Kurganov will lick up his wounds with $222,250 and the warmth that can only come from dominating so much of the game over such a tough field for much of the 48 hours.
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