Mike Leah captured his fourth career FTOPS championship Wednesday, beating a field of 205 players and adding $12,500 to his online career earnings.
Playing under the moniker of ‘GoLeafsGoEh’ that reveals his Canadian citizenship and a love of hockey that goes along with it, the victory enabled Leah to take over first place on the FTOPS all-time points leaderboard. The IveyPoker pro has amassed 3,484 points at Full Tilt Online Poker Series’ throughout the years, moving ahead of the 3,330 points of his nearest competitor, ‘xqsays.’
Full Tilt is hosting FTOPS XXIV, which kicked off on Nov. 24 and will conclude with Event #39 on Dec. 8, a $635 buy-in Main Event featuring a $1.5 million prize pool. Leah won Event #9, a $215 buy-in Pot-Limit Irish.
Irish is a Texas Hold’em variant that sees each player seated receive four hole cards pre-flop. Following the flop, players are required to discard two of their hole cards and the hand is then played in standard Hold’em fashion for the remaining two streets.
Leah had a 3-2 chip advantage when heads-up play began against runner-up ‘n0st0pp1n,’ who took home $8,250 for his efforts. Third and fourth place went to ‘last-samurai5’ and ‘mbarete68,’ who cashed $6,250 and $4,375, respectively. Making the final table was good for a four-figure payday, as ninth place ‘fredgy’ ended the tournament $1,000 richer.
Hand-picked for Phil Ivey’s pro roster late last year, Leah has career earnings of over $4 million in live and online tournament play combined. Along with his proficiency at FTOPS events, the last three years at the WSOP have found the Canadian landing in-the-money more than a dozen times.
The latest victory at Full Tilt propelled GoLeafsGoEh into a tie for the lead in career FTOPS titles with Yuval ‘yuvee04’ Bronshtein. Winners also receive a gold FTOPS jersey and Leah is likely making room in his drawer at home for several more of those.