2015 WPT Canadian Spring Championship Day 1a: Mike Leah Grabs the Lead

Mike Leah WPT Canadian Spring Championship

With the sun shining down on beautiful Montreal, Quebec, it certainly felt like spring for the aptly named Canadian Spring Championship. World Poker Tour (WPT) Season XIV began with the first tour stop of the season at Playground Poker Club.

The partypoker.net WPT Canadian Spring Championship began on Friday with the first of two Day 1s. There were 136 entries in the next-day reentry event with 50 of them surviving through the 10 levels of scheduled play.

When players bagged and labeled their chips on Friday night, one of the best players in this country was on top of the leaderboard. Mike Leah stacked up the lead with 265,300 chips, continuing a two-year tear that has seen him find tremendous success in his poker career. Leah’s recent resume includes two runner-up finishes in the 2015 WPT L.A. Poker Classic and Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, winning his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet in Australia, and winning two WSOP Circuit rings within a 24-hour period.

Top 10 Stacks From Day 1a

RankPlayerChips
1Mike Leah265,300
2Rene Bourbeau249,100
3Pascal LeFrancois189,100
4Ratharam Sivagnanam184,000
5Angelo Cusinato174,200
6Nicholas Palma122,800
7Basil Laurin120,600
8Luke Greenwood113,100
9Ami Alibay108,800
10Paul Klann108,000

Leah schooled one local in a series of pots to chip up early, then had the better hand and held as players like Mike Yacoubain and Samuel Chartier got it in against him late. He bagged 265,300 to finish ahead of a late charge from WSOP bracelet-winner Pascal LeFrancois and local Rene Bourbeau. Caitlyn Howe spoke with Mike Leah about his Day 1a, which he originally didn't even plan to play as he was just in Peru taking some time off. Here's their conversation:

Those hitting the rail included local stars like 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, Philippe D'Auteuil, and WPT Champions Club member Eric Afriat.

However, this is a five-day tournament with two Day 1s and next-day reentry format, giving all who busted all another shot at things when Day 1b kicks off at 11 a.m. local time Saturday.

Once again, the PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand for it all with live updates and videos throughout. Follow all the action here on our live blog.

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