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Mike Leah Wins Two Live WSOP Tourneys in One Day

Lots of people complain that there just aren’t enough hours in a day to accomplish all the tasks at hand. Not so for Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah, who managed to win two live WSOP Circuit tournaments in the span of 24 hours.

The venue was the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, California. Leah outplayed a field of 121 to win $16,945 in Event #9, a $580 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament Friday afternoon on March 14. Nabbing his first-ever WSOP Circuit ring, Leah also ponied up the cash for Event #10, but busted out.

The next tournament on the schedule, Event #11, was a No-Limit Hold’em Turbo affair with a $365 entry fee. Leah again skillfully found his way to the winner’s circle, adding $15,440 to his live career earnings. His total take in under 24 hours was two WSOP Circuit rings and more than $32,000 in winnings.

But wait, there’s more. The Canadian pro also was named Casino Champion, which permits Leah to take a free seat worth $10,000 at the WSOP Circuit National Championship following the Circuit season later this year.

Last month on his home turf, Leah took the title and $108,465 at the World Poker Tour Fallsview Poker Classic in Niagara Falls after buying in for C$1,100. That followed a victory in January at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas in $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo that was good for almost $120,000.

Leah’s four victories and four other cashes at live tournaments in 2014 have pushed his live poker tourney earnings beyond $2 million. Also extremely prolific on the virtual felt, the Team Ivey pro captured his fourth FTOPS title in November. 

On his way to scoring two WSOP Circuit championships within 24 hours, Leah had to outplay Charles “Woody” Moore, who landed at both final tables with the Canadian star. Moore came in ninth place in Event #9 for $1,530 and in fifth place in Event #11 for $3,780, the Hendon Mob database reported. Moore’s live career  tournament winnings are now over $1.2 million.

Leah has yet to win a WSOP gold bracelet, but has his eye on doing so in Las Vegas this summer. The way he’s running so far in 2014, Leah certainly is a player to watch and may add the coveted jewelry to his two WSOP Circuit rings before the 45th annual WSOP is over.

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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.