Tournament Poker Beast
Mike Leah is one of the most accomplished mixed game players on the poker circuit today. The former sales manager was introduced to the game in 2005 and by 2006 he was already crushing live poker tournaments. By 2008, he left the corporate world to become a professional poker player.
|07-11-2009||$1,000 - Deep Stack Extravaganza III - No Limit Hold'em||1||$119,956|
|03-21-2009||$1,500 - Borgata $500,000 Guaranteed Deep Stack Main Event - No Limit Hold'em||1||$319,536|
|02-19-2009||$5,000 - L.A. Poker Classic - No Limit Hold'em||2||$152,600|
|07-31-2006||$1,000 - Bellagio Cop II - No Limit Hold'em||1||$86,135|
Mike Leah's Biography
Mike Leah’s online tournament scores total $2.39 million at present. Known as “GoLeafsGoEh” online, his largest score online came in 2011 WCOOP Main Event where he finished 3rd and earned $663,816 in prize money. In addition, Mike has two FTOPS titles, one UBOC title, and a WCOOP Badugi title.
Mike has been nearly as successful in the live game as online. His first two pro cashes were indicative of his skill in the game. He finished 3rd and then 1st in a pair of $1,000 preliminary events at the second ever Bellagio Cup in 2006 for a combined $110,000 in prize money.
Following those scores, Mike went on to make numerous deep runs in events prior to making national headlines at the 2008 United States Poker Championship in Atlantic City. After taking down the $500 PL Omaha Event, he made final tables in a pair of six-max NL Hold’em events. Finally, he finished 3rd in the USPC Main Event where he earned $75,660.
In 2009, Mike took down his first six-figure scores of his live poker career. First, he finished runner-up in the $5,000 NL event at Legend of Poker to earn $152,600 and he followed that up a month later by taking down the $1,500 Deep Stack Main Event at the Borgata for $319,536.
The last three years, Mike has seen a lot of success at the World Series of Poker. He cashed five times at the 2011 WSOP as well as the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event. In 2012, he cashed four times at the WSOP. He also made a pair of final tables at the WSOP Circuit event at the Horseshoe Chicago circuit stop.
Mike has had a killer 2013 thus far. First, he finished 7th in the A$1,650 PL Omaha Event at the WSOP Asia-Pacific. Next, he cashed five times and made two final tables at the 2013 WSOP. He finished 3rd in the $5,000 Stud 8 or Better Event and then 3rd in the $1,500 Stud 8 or Better Event.
Mike’s live tournament earnings currently total $1.69 million, bringing his combined tournament earnings to over $4 Million. His ability to crush tournaments comes from his ability to play all games of poker well. In fact he prefers any game where he can min-raise his opponents. Mike brings his years of experience to Ivey Poker where he will certainly confuse opponents with regular min-raises.