Burns won three matches in the qualifying for the Australian Goldfields Open, before narrowly losing 54 to Mark Joyce in the final round. The first event he could reach this season was the International Championship and he beat Dominic Dale 65 and Craig Steadman 63 to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time.
At the Paul Hunter Classic he recorded victories over Ryan Causton, Sanderson Lam, Martin O'Donnell and Thor Chuan Leong to make the quarter-finals, where he was defeated 40 by Mark King. A week later he beat King 62 to qualify for the International Championship, but lost 63 to Mark Williams. Burns saw off Aditya Mehta 51 and John Higgins 53 to make his debut at the German Masters and was edged out 54 by Michael Holt in the first round. He won three matches to play in the Australian Goldfields Open and beat Xiao Guodong 53 in the first round which saw him play in the last 16 of a ranking event for the second time, but he lost 52 to Judd Trump. Burns played at the venue stage of six ranking events in the 2015/2016 season, the most in a single year of his career so far.
Match date: 1-Dec-2018. Watch this match live online with the live streams available on this site. Total prize money: 850,000Defending champion: Ronnie O'SullivanWinner's prize money: 170,000Barry Hawkins takes on Ian Burns in the second round of UK Championship. Event: UK Championship at the Barbican Centre in York, UK.
He lost in the third round of the Scottish Open and Welsh Open without picking up a frame. Burns qualified for the World Open and lost 52 to Neil Robertson in the first round.
Burns first match as a professional was a 35 defeat to Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon in qualifying for the 2012 Wuxi Classic. Burns reached the final qualifying round for the first time when attempting to reach the UK Championship. he defeated Michael Leslie, Kurt Maflin and Anthony Hamilton before being beaten 26 by Dominic Dale. Burns did come through four qualifying rounds to play in the main draw of a ranking event for the first time at the World Open, in Haikou, China.