“I’m all about supporting Canadian poker,” Mike Leah said earlier this week, and he plans to do so by showing his support for the Canadian Poker Tour (CPT) Summer Showdown at Grey Eagle Resort and Casino in Calgary in the next few days.
Leah plans to play Events 3, 4, 6, and 8 and encourages all players to come and join him. And with a little bit of schedule overlap near the end of the series, the Ivey Poker Pro also known as “GoLeafsGoEh” will have to multitask as he grinds the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (Leah already has four FTOPS jerseys) while he is in Calgary trying to take down the Main Event in the Ivey League-sponsored series.
With a fantastic 2014 to his credit already, Leah is an easy pick for a player to watch at premier poker events. Leah is well known for his mixed-game ability and can dominate nearly any poker variant on offer. Once a sales manager in the corporate world, Leah now takes down poker tournaments consistently for a living.
He started the year by winning a $5,300 side event at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and made his January trip to the Bahamas a profitable one with the $119,770 prize. Just a month later, Leah won the first event of the CPT-sanctioned Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls, Ontario and added another $118,982 to his wallet. Then, just a month later again, and with several cashes in between, Leah made headlines when he won two World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit events back to back, earning himself two WSOP Circuit rings within 24 hours.
He followed this success with four cashes at the WSOP in Las Vegas, including a final-table finish in Event #25: $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low and deep runs in the other three events that he cashed (11th, 22nd, and 19th).
Then, after busting from the WSOP Main Event, Leah left the Rio to visit the Venetian and finished runner up in a $1,100 event in their Deepstack Extravaganza series. He earned $189,474 for being second-best out of 1,945 entries.
Leah now has nearly $2.3 million in live tournament earnings.
With his two results in the CPT-sanctioned Fallsview Poker Classic, Leah currently holds down fourth spot in the CPT Player of the Year race. But only 50 point behind Matthew Lapossie in the lead, Leah could easily leap to the top of the leaderboard after the upcoming CPT Summer Showdown where he will have several chances to earn some points with deep runs in this highly-anticipated series. The $500,000-guaranteed series begins this Friday, July 25, with the first of 10 events.