High stakes specialist Kahle Burns and the ever-popular Connie Graham have been named 2019 Players of the Year for Australia by Global Poker Index – a ranking system that classifies poker players around the world based on their tournament results.
Burns topped the list of all Australians in 2019, accruing 2,527.6 GPI points to sit 70th worldwide for the year ahead of fellow Aussies Michael Addamo, Jonathan Karamalikis, Martin Kozlov and two-time 2019 WSOP bracelet winner Robert Campbell.
Enjoying a hugely successful year in which his career prize money climbed to just under US$8 million, Burns added more than US$3 million of that to the kitty in 2019 with a series of deep runs – none more impressive than winning consecutive bracelets at WSOP Europe in the €25,500 High Roller NLHE (€597,000) and €2,500 NLHE Short Deck (€102,000).
He also finished runner-up in the WSOP US$10,000 NLHE 6-handed Championship in Las Vegas in July for US$390,000, 4th in the £50,000 Triton Super High Roller 8-handed event in London in July for £481,500 and 4th in the EPT Barcelona £50,000 Super High Roller in August for £639,560.
Connie Graham, also known as the wife of WSOP bracelet winner and high stakes PLO cash game specialist Jarred Graham, was named Australia’s Female Player of the Year, just pipping Suzy Khoueis for the honor after banking around US$60,000 in winnings for the year.
More importantly however, Connie’s 1,154.29 GPI points were enough to see her finish one spot ahead of Jarred on the list of Australians in 2019 in 37th and 38th respectively – a result that we estimate will be mentioned in the Graham household at least 365 times in 2020 (but probably much more!).
Congratulations to both on a memorable 2019.