Mike Leah Wins Event #1 of the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic and $118,982

by Ivey Poker / Thursday, 20 February 2014 / Published in Team Ivey

mike-leahTeam Ivey Pro and Ivey League coach Mike Leah has won his second live event of 2014. He took down Event #1 of the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic, a $1,000 NL Hold’em Event, for his second six-figure score of 2014.

Mike came into the final table second in chips with 1.46 million and trailed the chip leader by just 21,000. He had a bit of a rough start at the final table as reflected via Twitter:

We spoke with Mike following his win and found out just how rough those early stages really were. He shared, “I didn’t win a hand for first three hours. Had a few failed three and four-bets and doubled up a few short stacks.”

While the first three hours were brutal, the next few hours were close to perfection. Mike updated fans of his progress once again via Twitter:

Mike broke it down further for us during our interview. He revealed, “There were a few bustouts and then I won a huge flip with pocket nines vs. A-Q for my tournament life with about six players left. I then won another huge pot with pocket aces vs. pocket nines to take the massive chip lead with four left.”

From that point, it was the Mike Leah show as he went on to win the title. One final tweet let his fans know that he had earned his second six-figure score of 2014:

Mike received $118,982 for his victory. We asked Mike how it felt to win his second event of 2014 and whether he has tweaked his game to produce these results. He shared, “Feels amazing of course. I don’t know if I’m doing anything differently, but I have played two great tournaments. I had the chip lead in both almost from start to finish and I think I played the big stack as well as you could.”

From here Mike plans to “play the $5,000 Main Event on Saturday and then on Los Angeles for the LA Poker Classic.”

Mike has been on fire since the start of the year. He cashed twice during the 2014 PCA, taking down Event #18 and earning $124,000 in combined prize money. After such a hot start, we look forward to a deep runs from him during the Fallsview Main Event and the LA Poker Classic.