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.
|02-22-2014||C$1,000 - Fallsview Poker Classic Event #1 - No LImit Hold'em||1||$108,465|
|01-09-2014||$5,000 - PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Turbo - No Limit Hold'em||1||$119,770|
|06-05-2013||$5,000 - WSOP Event #13 - Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo||3||$108,412|
|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|
Mike Leah's Biography
Mike Leah has over $2.45 million in online tournament earnings. Known as “GoLeafsGoEh” online, he has been steadily carving out his place in the online record books.
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 one UBOC title, a WCOOP Badugi title, and four FTOPS jerseys.
Mike tied the record for most FTOPS jersey won during 2013. He won his third career jersey back in August during FTOPS XXIII when he took down Event #24, a $215 NL Hold’em Event. His win earned him $32,677.
In November, Mike tied the all-time FTOPS jersey record when he won Event #9 of FTOPS XXIV, a $215 PL Irish Event. The victory tied him with Yuval “yuvee04″ Bronstein for most career jersey. Mike also became the all-time FTOPS points leader with the victory.
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 third and then first 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 third 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.
In 2013, he finished seventh 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 third in the $5,000 Stud 8 or Better Event and then third in the $1,500 Stud 8 or Better Event.
While 2013 was great, 2014 is shaping up to be one of his best years in poker. He has already exceeded his 2013 earnings through February. Mike took down a $5,300 NL Turbo preliminary event at the 2014 PCA, earning $119,700. He followed that up with a victory in a $1,100 preliminary event at the Fallsview Poker Classic, earning another $108,465.
Mike’s live tournament earnings currently total $1.99 million, bringing his combined tournament earnings to over $4.44 Million. His ability to crush tournaments comes from his ability to play all games of poker well.
Mike brings his years of experience to Ivey Poker and has ambitions of adding several additional major poker titles to both his live and online tournament resume.