2015 WPT LAPC Day 5: Mike Leah Has Eyes on First WPT Title

Mike Leah WPT LAPC

All that is standing between Mike Leah and his first World Poker Tour (WPT) title is a final table of six at the L.A. Poker Classic at Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. One of his opponents just happens to be WPT Fallsview Champion Anthony Zinno who has now made back-to-back WPT final tables and has his eye on a second-straight WPT trophy.

Leah started Day 5 on Wednesday second in chips and soon found himself at the bottom of the pack. His experience eventually led him back to the top and once again he finds himself sitting just behind the chipleader — the third day in the row he has finished second in chips. Here is how the star-studded final six stack up:

1Anthony Zinno1,480,000
2Igor Yaroshevskyy5,315,000
3Chris Klodnicki920,000
4Peter Tran1,585,000
5Peter Neff2,120,000
6Mike Leah4,715,000

Leah received a big boost to his stack on the last hand of the night. Leah was first to act and min-raised to 80,000. Yaroshevskyy flatted from the hijack and Vladimir Dobrovolskiy three-bet shoved for 825,000. With action back on Leah, he tanked for a few moments before making the call and Yaroshevskyy mucked, showing {a-Diamonds}{j-}. Dobrovolskiy turned over {a-Spades}{q-Hearts} but was way behind and in trouble as Leah tabled {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs}. The board ran out {9-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, leaving Dobrovolskiy the final-table bubble boy and setting the six-player roster for the televised final table.

Day 4 began with just 12 players and it was not long before the chips were moving around the table and half the field found the exit. Vladimir Dobrovolskiy (seventh — $167,360), Edward Ochana (eighth — $133,370), Tim Cramer (ninth — $100,410), Ray Henson (10th — $73,640), Vadim Baranovsky (11th — $73,640), Ken Aldridge (12th — $73,640) were all unsuccessful in securing a seat at the final table.

Play is set to begin at 4:00 PM at the Commerce Casino, in Los Angeles. Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada as Mike Leah competes for poker glory.

Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.

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