WCOOP 2015: Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah grabs Event #27, 2nd bracelet ($215 PLO 6-Max Prog Super-KO)

With more than $4.7 million in live tournament earnings -- including more than a dozen titles, a WSOP bracelet, and a $5K NL Turbo win at the 2014 PCA -- Canada's Mike Leah is no stranger to collecting trophies, bracelets, or whatever other hardware comes with winning poker tournaments. He'd even won a WCOOP bracelet before tonight on PokerStars where he plays as "goleafsgoeh."

Now Leah has a WCOOP bracelet for his other wrist, too, after having taken down Event #27, a $215 six-handed pot-limit Omaha event featuring progressive super-knockout bounties. Leah topped a field of 1,777 to earn the win and a total of $37,226.91 counting all the bounties he collected.


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Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah after his 2014 PCA win

That big field built a total prize pool worth $355,400 (half regular prize pool, half bounties). It took about six hours for the group to be whittled down to 228 players and the money bubble to burst, at which point BROCKLESNARR was in first position with the chip lead and nearly $1K worth of bounties already.

Four hours after that BROCKLESNARR had recently gone out in 20th for a $1,021.77 cash plus over $2K worth of bounties, and with 12 players left 75TGI was in first position.

xllllll (12th), Michael "ShiFtYFiNGeR" Guzzardi (11th), and uknowProsky* (10th) were the next players eliminated, each earning $1,777 from the regular prize pool and as much as twice that amount (for xllllll) in bounties.

Asul was the next knockout in ninth, then a short while later JWilshere_19 (eighth) and Doncabelero (seventh) were both knocked out in the same hand, with those three each earning $2,665.50 from the regular prize pool with only Asul taking away more than that in bounties.

75TGI still had a big stack -- and the most bounty money collected to that point -- but Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah had moved ahead and into first position for the start of the six-handed final table.


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Seat 1: 75TGI (Germany) -- 2,230,486
Seat 2: Orjan "Aftret" Skommo (Norway) -- 530,055
Seat 3: Jonas "Palsgaard1" Palsgård Christensen (Denmark) -- 1,700,705
Seat 4: Mayu "marroca5" Roca (Colombia) -- 1,347,266
Seat 5: Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (Canada) -- 2,491,103
Seat 6: youngblood51 (Germany) -- 585,385

The final six battled a short while, then as the tournament moved into its 13th hour a hand arose that saw Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah open with a min-raise to 80,000, then youngblood51 three-bet to 300,000 from a seat over. It folded back to Leah who called, and the pair watched the flop come 9♠7♥J♥.

Leah led with a bet more than the 145,788 youngblood51 had behind, and the latter called all in. It was A♦Q♥5♦4♥ and a flush draw for Leah while youngblood51 turned over A♠A♣K♥5♠ for an overpair of aces. The turn then brought the 6♥, filling the flush, making the river no matter, and sending the two-time SCOOP winner youngblood51 railward in sixth.

About five minutes later 75TGI min-raised to 80,000 from UTG and got two callers in Mayu "marroca5" Roca (small blind) and Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (big blind). The flop came 3♣2♣J♠, and it checked to 75TGI who bet 120,000. Roca then raised to 520,000, causing Leah to fold. 75TGI made it 1.8 million to go, and Roca called with the 867,538 he had behind.

Roca had K♣J♦T♣3♣ for top two pair and a flush draw while 75TGI had A♦J♥7♠3♦ for the same two pair. The turn was the 6♦ and river the 6♥, turning both players' two pair into jacks and sixes, with 75TGI's ace kicker winning the hand to end the one-time WCOOP winner and one-time SCOOP champ Roca's run in fifth.


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Mayu "marroca5" Roca

Four-handed play proceeded with 75TGI having retaken the lead with Leah the nearest big stack while Orjan "Aftret" Skommo and Jonas "Palsgaard1" Palsgård Christensen battled with stacks of 15-20 big blinds.

Then came two knockouts in two hands, with Leah collecting both bounties.

First it was Orjan "Aftret" Skommo limping from the button to see a 5♣K♣4♦ flop with Leah playing from the big blind. Leah checked, Skommo bet 125,000, Leah check-raised to half a million, Skommo pushed for 513,409 total, and Leah called.

Skommo had A♠K♦9♠4♥ for kings and fours while Leah had Q♦8♦3♣2♣ for both flush and straight draws. The turn was the J♦, keeping Aftret in front, but the river was the 5♦ to complete a backdoor diamond flush for Leah, and Skommo was done in fourth. That makes seven cashes for Skommo and a second fourth-place finish after achieving the same result in Event #18 ($1,050 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo).


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Orjan "Aftret" Skommo

The next hand saw Christensen raise the pot to 175,000 from the button and both Leah and 75TGI call from the blinds. The flop came 2♠T♠A♥, Leah bet 210,000, 75TGI folded, Christensen raised all in for 261,761, and Leah called.

Palsgaard1 turned over A♦Q♣6♣3♦ for a pair of aces while Leah had A♠T♦9♠6♠ for aces and tens. The river was the 3♠ to give Christensen a lesser two pair, then the 4♦ river changed nothing, stopping Christensen in third, his fifth cash of the WCOOP.

Those two pots helped Leah close the gap somewhat as leader 75TGI started heads-up play with just over 5.15 million to Leah's 3.73 million.

The pair battled nearly a half-hour, reaching the break that came to mark the day's 13-hour mark. By then Leah had grabbed the advantage, sitting with just about the same stack his opponent had before up almost 5.16 million to 75TGI's 3.72 million.

They'd push back and forth for another 20 minutes, with 75TGI briefly grabbing the chip lead before Leah seized it back again. Then with Leah having pushed back up over 6.76 million to 75TGI's 2.11 million, the final hand took place.

The blinds were 40,000/80,000, and after a button raise to 160,000 from Leah and a call from 75TGI, the flop came 3♥6♥2♠. Both checked, then after the J♠ turn 75TGI check-called a bet of 160,000 from Leah.

The river brought the 3♠ and a bet of 480,000 from 75TGI. Leah responded with a pot-sized push and 75TGI called with the 1,316,237 behind.

75TGI turned over A♠T♦T♣4♠ for an ace-high flush, but Leah had K♣J♣J♦7♦ for jacks full of treys, good for the pot, the last bounties, and the WCOOP bracelet.



Congratulations to Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah who earns his second WCOOP title after earning his first in a Badugi event back in 2011.


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Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah

WCOOP-27: $215 PL Omaha (6-Max, Progressive Super-Knockout)
Entries: 1,777 

Prize pool: $355,400

Places paid: 228

1. Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (Canada) $28,432.42 (+ $8,794.49 in bounties)
2. 75TGI (Germany) $21,324.00 (+ 6,787.46 in bounties)
3. Jonas "Palsgaard1" Palsgård Christensen (Denmark) $15,993.00 (+ $3,709.36 in bounties)
4. Orjan "Aftret" Skommo (Norway) $10,662.00 (+ in $1,858.58 bounties)
5. Mayu "marroca5" Roca (Colombia) $7,108.00 (+ in $3,044.52 bounties)
6. youngblood51 (Germany) $4,193.72 (+ in $3,521.08 bounties)


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