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Mike Leah Runs Golden at PokerStars; Wins The Deal Jackpot
There’s a saying that good things come in threes, but for Canadian poker pro Mike Leah, it appears good things come in fours.
Leah, better-known as “GoLeafsGoEh”, his online moniker, has been on hot runs of form before, although this recent heater will take some topping. Late last month, Leah was one of 676 entrants in the $109 HORSE event at the 2019 Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP) at PokerStars and he went all the way and won it for almost $13,000.
Not done there, a couple of days later, Leah topped a field of 2,567 in the $55 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Max Antes event to claim a first-place prize in excess of $21,000, which was also the fourth SCOOP title of his long and illustrious career.
The best was yet to come and Leah only had a week to wait until his life was changed forever. On June 2nd, Leah and his girlfriend became parents to a bouncing baby boy, completing a hat trick of good fortune. Already on cloud nine, Leah’s run good continued when he boosted his bankroll by more than $79,000 on PokerStars’ The Deal progressive jackpot.
Leah Hits The Jackpot
The Deal is a fun way to spend StarsCoin, the reward points given to PokerStars players when they play poker for real money. Its jackpot starts at $25,000 and continues growing until it is hit, with half of the jackpot going into the winner’s account and the remaining 50 percent distributed among those who had played The Deal in the 12 hours leading up to the jackpot win.
Leah found himself playing in the jackpot round, which is determined randomly, and in with a chance of scooping half of the $159,723.34 jackpot. The prize wheel span round several times, before settling on the jackpot, meaning Leah had banked a cool $79,861.67!
Speaking to the PokerStars blog, Leah said, “it was great timing because we just had a baby and just bought a house right before that so it definitely helps out with a lot of the expenses and replenishes the bank account a little bit — or pays for a week of buy-ins in Vegas. It’s either a really good salary for a year for someone, or a week of tournaments.”
The 11.3 Million Dollar Man
Canada’s Leah is a player who is feared and respected in equal measure, a true grinder in every sense of the word. A player who is adept at several poker variants, Leah has earned $7,829,761 from live poker tournaments and an additional $3,477,884 online for total winnings of $11,307,645.
Among Leah’s many live poker achievements are a World Series of Poker bracelet having won the A$25,000 No Limit High Roller at the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific for A$600,000 and a World Poker Tour title from winning the 2018 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event, a result that netted Leah C$451,821. Leah also has five WSOP Circuit rings and 111 cashes in WSOP events.
Leah’s largest live cash weighs in at $1,047,638, his reward for finishing second in the $5,300 SHRPO Main Event in September 2014.
Online, more than $2.3 million of Leah’s almost $3.5 million winnings stem from his play at PokerStars. It is here, where he is known as “goleafsgoeh”, that Leah once won a massive $663,816 when he finished third in the $5,200 Main Event of the 2011 World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP).
Leah is yet to make an appearance at the 2019 WSOP in Las Vegas due to only becoming a father on June 2nd, but whether he manages to stay in Canada for the entire series remains to be seen, especially now he has a more substantial bankroll than only a few weeks ago.