Mike Leah is working hard to earn himself the reputation of Canada’s best poker player, despite having some tough competition among our country’s elite pros. On Monday, September 15, Leah added another accolade to his career by winning PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Event #27 for $37,226.91.
The WCOOP is arguably the largest, toughest, and most prestigious annual series of online poker tournaments. Winning one of the events is a real test of skill, as players often face thousands of opponents. Leah has now done it twice.
The game was six-handed pot-limit Omaha with progressive bounties. With a buy-in of $215, 1,777 players took their shot at winning the elusive WCOOP bracelet. Playing under his well-recognized moniker of ‘goleafsgoeh’, Leah defeated ‘75TGI’ from Germany heads-up to earn his second WCOOP title.
Leah’s first WCOOP bracelet was won back in 2011 when he came out on top of what was also Event #27 that year — a $320 badugi tournament. That win was worth $17,082. The largest online cash of his career was also during the 2011 WCOOP when he went on to make a deal at the final table of the $5,200 Main Event. He earned $663,816 there after finishing third.
In addition to his two WCOOP bracelets, Leah has also found plenty of success on PokerStars’ sister site Full Tilt, where Leah has earned four Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) gold jerseys, which are the trophies given to winners of events in that series.
Leah may be even better recognized for his live results, having won one World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet by coming out on top of the $25,000 High Roller at the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific. He also cashed nine events at this past summer’s WSOP, including two final tables, but not before finishing runner-up at the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic in February for more than $700,000.
At only about the halfway point of the massive 70-event WCOOP schedule on PokerStars, there are still plenty of tournaments that Mike Leah will be firing at. It will all conclude on September 27 when the $5,200 Main Event will see the world’s best players vying for a piece of the guaranteed $10,000,000 prize pool. Head here for the full WCOOP schedule.