Eyes will be on Phil Hellmuth as he looks to win his record-extending 14th World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet at WSOP Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship, but Mike Leah from Toronto, Ontario is coming into the final table fifth in chips at a stacked final table which includes the likes of Brandon Shack-Harris, Stephen Chidwick, and Mike Gorodinsky, to go along with Hellmuth.
Leah is one of the most dangerous players in the game today. Last year, he won two WSOP Circuit events within 24 hours right before the WSOP started while at The Bicycle Casino. He followed that up by making the final table of the $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better tournament in the 2014 World Series of Poker.
He rode that momentum all the way to the WSOP Asia-Pacific series where he entered the $25,000 High Roller event. He outlasted all 67 other entrants to win his first WSOP bracelet and take home $600,000.
Leah also finished second to Anthony Zinno at World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic this March for an additional $700,000.
Leah is off to a good start at this year's WSOP as well, as he finished 39th in the record-setting field of the more than 22,000-entrant $565 buy-in Colossus tournament, taking home $23,022.
This is Leah’s sixth final table (fifth non-hold’em final table) at the WSOP and 28th cash. He already has over $915,000 in WSOP cashes and a fourth-place or better finish in this event would push Leah over the $1 million mark in lifetime WSOP earnings.
We have yet to see a Canadian win a bracelet in the 2015 WSOP, but Leah was named as one of eight talented Canadians to watch in this series who could get the job done. Will he be the best of this final table? Check back with PokerNews Canada for a recap of the event when it concludes. The final table of the $10,000 razz plays out Monday evening.