MIKE LEAH IN FOCUS: Deep Run in the Colossus & Double Dipping

Mike Leah cashed in the Colossus and is already feeling the effects of a full schedule. (Photo by Tim Fiorvanti)

Mike Leah cashed in the Colossus and is already feeling the effects of a full schedule. (Photo by Tim Fiorvanti)

Over the next seven weeks BLUFF.com will have unfettered and candid access to Mike Leah as he grinds his way through the 2015 World Series of Poker schedule. While the normal narrative out of the WSOP is all about winners and bracelets, we’ll be able to show you the highs and lows of his run at another WSOP bracelet.

Mike Leah picked up his first cash of the 2015 World Series of Poker in the record-setting Colossus event after he made a deep run to Day 4 and finished in 39th place for $23,022.

Leah’s no stranger to large fields, both online and off, “I final tabled a MiniFTOPS pre-Black Friday when the they had huge fields, so it was probably a similar size.”

Leah was focused heading into Day 4 of the event. “Obviously I have confidence and trust myself,” he said. “I’m just going to try and play well, find good spots and try to keep chipping up to stay alive. I’ll try to do that until heads up.”

Unfortunately, that wasn’t how his day turned out.

“Definitely, the level of play got stronger and stronger, better players survived and amateurs are busted for the most part. This tournament was kind of is equivalent to the Main Event where you just have such a a wide range of skill and types of players,” Leah said. “So it was fun playing with all different types of players from all over the place. For the most part everyone else has been and fun and sociable. Its been fun to be part of it.”

But it hasn’t been all roses since his Colossus cash – his next event was the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event. He played nine hours and 55 minutes and busted just before the end of the day. “It’s not one of my most favorite events, but at the same time there’s no tough decisions – it’s a bit more of a social game,” Leah said.

The next day Leah made Day 2 of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event but was one of the shortest stacks returning. Despite facing a possible ten level day Leah played Day 1 A of the $1,500 Millionaire Maker at 10 a.m. and busted before his restart.

“In terms of max pain I’ve had a lot this summer – losing heads up in the shootout, getting deep in few other events and I even had a decent stack in the Six Max and busted right near the end of Day 1,” said Leah.

Leah’s max pain stretched into a cash game he played a few nights ago. He was sweating a friend that was running deep in a Daily Deepstack event and decided to kill some time in what he called “a good draw game.”

“I played all night long and we’re in the red and that’s why they kept me all night long,” he said. “That hurt me a little bit and took me a couple days to recover from that, plus I’m starting to feel a bit run down with a lack of sleep.”

Despite some things not going the way he would like, Leah has his focus set on a couple of his favorite events of summer, the $10,000 Razz and Omaha Hi-Lo Championships, kicking off in a few days.

“They’re really fun events – playing with all the guys I know in games I really like to play,” Leah said. “I’m gonna fire in Flight B of the Millionaire Maker first and late reg the Razz regardless. If it ends up well I’ll be playing both at the same time.”

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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