MIKE LEAH IN FOCUS: Multi-tabling Down the Stretch, Nine Cashes

Mike Leah at his third separate event on Saturday.

Mike Leah at his third separate event on Saturday.

Mike Leah has been nothing less than a World Series of Poker machine playing everyday – sometimes two events at once. Such was the case Saturday when Leah began Day 2 of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, cashed in the $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 event with playing less than ten hands and then jumped in the 4 p.m. $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Turbo event.

While 500 plus players eagerly awaited the news of making the money during hand-for-hand play during the DraftKings event, Leah sat impatiently thumbing his chip stack. “This is a terrible waste of time on my break,” he said. “But this is my ninth cash of the summer and I’ve maybe played ten hands. I just made some chips back picking up ace king in the last hand.”

Leah leaving his stack during hand-for-hand play in the DraftKings 50/50 event.

Leah leaving his stack during hand-for-hand play in the DraftKings 50/50 event.

The 20-minute break in the Turbo event was ticking down in the Amazon Room as tournament officials verified the player count in Brasilia Room. Looking at his watch, Leah left his stack to blind off again and power walked to get back to his Turbo seat with 90 seconds remaining in the break.

Leah’s list of cashes during the 2015 WSOP have come in eight different games: No Limit Hold’em, Razz, No Limit Deuce to Seven, Pot Limit Omaha, HORSE, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, Seven Card Stud and Dealers Choice.

Leah busted the Turbo shortly after returning from break. He ran A Q into pocket tens, flopped a Broadway draw but bricked out. He hustled back to the Brasilia Room to find his unmanned stack cashed in 423rd place for $1,000.

Despite Leah’s nine cashes he hasn’t turned a profit yet. “Whether I’m up money or down money I’ll figure that out at the end,” he said. “I think I’m a little bit down because of the $50K but that’s not going to change anything in what I’m playing – well it effects my decision on whether or not to play the One Drop.”

The last week in the Series has the $10,000 HORSE Championship and the Dealers Choice Championship – events that suit Leah’s Mixed Game experience. “They’re great events, there’s a chance I might be in something else. I haven’t really looked at the schedule lately. Those are two that are a lot of fun to play but I like my chances in,” said Leah.

“I haven’t been working out much so I feel a little sluggish, but that’s normal for this time of the World Series,” he added. “I haven’t been grinding cash games or Sit & Gos, so that’s helped me fell better.”

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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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