Australian Poker Hall of Famer Kahle Burns and rising star Zac Duce have fallen agonisingly short of collecting WSOP bracelets during the WSOP Online series currently underway on GGPoker.
WSOP Online made its debut last year, originally in place of any land-based events before a late change of heart, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and now looks set to claim a permanent place on the annual poker calendar with the 2021 series boasting 33 bracelet events.
It also provides players with extra opportunities to secure a WSOP gold bracelet ahead of the traditional land-based WSOP series, which returns to the Rio in Las Vegas this year from 30 September to 23 November.
Burns very nearly claimed one of those 33 bracelets on offer when he finished runner-up in the US$25,000 Super High Roller Championship overnight.
Looking to add to the two WSOP bracelets already in his possession, Burns took the chip lead into the final table but struggled to carry that momentum through as Greece’s Alexandros Theologis took a 6:1 chip lead into heads-up player before quickly securing the win.
It’s not all bad news for the Australian however as he still pocketed a hefty US$934,604 payday.
Also coming close to his first bracelet was Duce, with the Queenslander finishing third in the US$1,050 WSOP GGMasters Freezout event for a career-best score of US$154,372.
Duce has made a name for himself on the local poker scene in recent times, including a strong run of results early this year when he finished 4th in The Goliath at APT Brisbane for $35,000, 4th in the APL Poker Tour Gold Coast Jackstar Super High Roller for $8,250 and won the APL NQ Poker Classic Big Bucks event for $16,000.