The second day of Event #13: €2,500 Short Deck was a long one, with play lasting more than 13 hours before a winner is crowned. This winner is no stranger to tournament success and especially here in 2019 World Series of Poker Europe, where he won his second bracelet during the festival. Kahle Burns from Australia managed to overtake a total field of 179 entries and win his second WSOP gold bracelet along with €101,843 in prize money.
Regarding his day he said, "This feels like one of those days where I've avoided all the coolers and all the post flop coolers. Obviously I won a few all ins on the way, just ran super good, no complaints."
"I don't know what to say because I'm not super experienced at the game in general. I think a lot of the people in the field, myself included, were sort of trying to figure it out as it goes. A lot of people were in it for a lot of bullets because of the format, everyone was in there and just having fun and figuring it out. The field was certainly not afraid to gamble. Let's put it that way."
"It's been like a whirlwind week. Two bracelets in a week. It's crazy.
Burns admitted that he lacks in experience in this specific format, as he said, "The first time I played Short Deck was a few months ago, here actually. I played a little bit online but I probably played five or six hours online but I certainly wouldn't say I'm an experienced Short Deck player or very good Short Deck player by any means. Pretty new to the game still.''
Kahle Burns managed to become member of the elite club of two WSOP gold bracelet holders, and he did it in just one week. "It's been like a whirlwind week. Two bracelets in a week. It's crazy. Lucky enough to win one live tournament in a week, now I've won two in a week, it's quite fortunate," said a delighted Burns after his second win.
Final Result Event #13: €2,500 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in EUR)||Prize (in USD)|
|5||Vladimir Peck||United States||€20,444||$22,652|
Day 2 started at 3 p.m. local time and players had one level of late registration to try and accumulate as big a stack as they could. In the 147 entries that were registered in the field during Day 1, 32 more entries were added during Day 2, for the total number of entries to reach 179. Burns started Day 2 with the second biggest stack and he managed to turn it into a dominant final table performance and eventually a gold bracelet.
A Flurry of Eliminations
The second day of the event started with an insanely fast pace, since the availability of re-entries during the first level of the day in addition with the aggressive philosophy of the game were enough to bring many big hands among the players. When the first level ended, there were 43 players remaining in the field ready to give their battle to enter in the 27 paid places of the tournament.
Among those that departed empty-handed were Daniel Negreanu, Paul Phua, Rainer Kempe, Danny Tang, Phil Hellmuth, Shaun Deeb, Chris Ferguson, Anthony Zinno, and Robert Campbell. The bubble period started when there were 28 players left in the field and it had its own adventure. In order to burst, it needed a simultaneous elimination for Tony G and Ismael Bojang during hand-for-hand, causing both of them to get paid, for half the money of the 27th place each.
After the field got in the money, it was a quick affair until the final table and eliminations in the money included Julien Martini (26th; €3,682), Ryan Riess (21st; €4,323), Phil Ivey (18th; €5,228), John Cynn (11th; €6,505), and Benny Glaser (9th; €8,322). The last player to bust to send the field to the unofficial final table was Hokyiu Lee (8th; €10,939) who saw his flopped two pair being in the losing end of the hand, against Burns' turned straight.
A Dramatic Change of Pace
The fast pace of the first part of the day gave its place to a slow-paced final table, which finally needed six levels in order to crown a winner. Burns' appearance was dominant during those six levels and managed to turn a chip lead in the beginning of the final table, to a win for his second WSOP gold bracelet in a week.
Burns didn't lose the chip lead at any point of the final table and managed always to come back whenever he happened to lose chips from his opponents. Out of his six opponents, he eliminated Vladimir Peck (5th place; €20,444) with jacks against nine-eight, and after sending Felix Schulze (3rd; €42,233) to the rail with ten-eight versus nine-eight, the heads-up began with a 3-to-1 chip lead over Manig Loeser. In between, Pierre Neuville (7th; €10,939), Oshri Lahmani (6th; €14,764), and Federico Anselmi (4th; €29,027) were the other players that entered the final table but busted during the course of it.
Despite the fact that three-handed play lasted almost two hours, the heads-up was a short affair, with Burns needing just two hands to capture the gold. In the last hand of the day, Loeser open-shoved from the button with king-jack and Burns called with ace-jack to send his last opponent to the rail.
This capped an amazing week for Kahle Burns who managed to win two WSOP gold bracelets along with €698,717 ($774,179) in total prize money.