Late in 2014, Mike Leah captured one of the most elusive titles in his career: a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Now, with just 11 players standing in his way, Leah is on the brink of achieving the second piece of poker’s triple crown. Leah sits just behind chipleader Peter Tran after Day 4 of the World Poker Tour (WPT) L.A. Poker Classic.
Peter Tran went wire-to-wire to claim the chip lead for the second day in a row. Tran almost tripled his stack from Day 3 to blow away the rest of the field ending with 4,120,000. Leah is his closest competitor with 2,240,000 — his second day in a row to bag up the second-best stack. Peter Neff (1,682,000), Edward Ochana (1,401,000), and Igor Yaroshevsky (1,215,000) round out the top of the leaderboard.
Leah was the only member of the Canadian contingent to make it through on Tuesday. Greg Mueller busted in 19th for $44,800, Shawn Buchanan made it as far as 25th for $35,530, and Daniel Negreanu was sent packing in 35th for $30,900.
Two-time WPT Champions Club member Anthony Zinno is still in the mix as well. Zinno recently won the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Ken Aldridge, Ray Henson, and Chris Klodnicki are also some notables still in the field.
The search for the first female open-event champion is still on as Elizabeth Montizanti was eliminated in 15th. Some other notables to bust include David Sands (14th), Brian Yoon (18th), Eddy Sabat (21st), Curt Kohlberg (26th), Dylan Hortin (27th), Scott Seiver (32nd), Joe Serock (33rd), and Erik Seidel (41st).
Day 5 will commence at noon PT on Wednesday where the remaining 12 will play down to a final table of six. Keep it locked to PokerNews Canada as we follow Mike Leah on his journey to have his name engraved on the WPT Champions trophy.
Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.