Mike Leah is quietly cementing his status in the upper echelons of Canadian poker.
This year, the 40-year-old pro from Toronto has racked up an impressive string of wins and big finishes, smashing through the $2 million mark for his 2014 earnings.
Leah started 2014 at full speed, winning a $5,300 no-limit hold’em turbo event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Within the first two weeks of the year, Leah had already pocketed over $125,000 in tournament winnings. But that was just the start. In February, Leah headed to Niagara Falls for World Poker Tour Fallsview where he crushed a $1,100 side event for over $100,000, and scored another $10,000 with a cash in the Main Event.
In March, Leah did something even more incredible, winning two World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit rings within 24 hours. In true beast mode, Leah won the $580 event and went straight to the cage to late register for the $365 turbo event, winning it several hours later. Just for good measure, he took seventh in an earlier $365 six-handed tournament at the same series. Leah’s year really took off in August when he took second place to Daniel Colman in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event for over $1,000,000.
Leah can now add “WSOP Gold Bracelet Winner” to his long list of accomplishments for 2014. Early in the morning Ontario time, Leah beat New Zealand’s David Yan heads up in the WSOP Asia-Pacific High Roller. He had a big chip lead going into the final table of the $25,000 event where, in addition to Yan, he faced down Day 1 chip leader Andrew Hinrichsen, the 2012 WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia, and fellow Canadian and 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, among others. The win added $600,000 AUD ($591,986.42 CDN, just over $525,000 USD) to Leah’s already impressive bank roll, bringing his lifetime earnings over $3.8 million.
There’s no question 2014 has been a stellar year for Leah. Even before the WSOP APAC High Roller, it was clear that Leah was establishing himself in the top tier of the Canadian poker pantheon. With today’s impressive win, and the addition of a gold bracelet to his collection of trophies, Leah has clearly positioned himself in that elite group.