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Mike Leah grabs First WSOP Bracelet in $25k APAC High Roller

Mike Leah had achieved much in his poker career coming into the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific. His $3.3 million in live tournament winnings explain everything one needs to know regarding this. However, one thing had always escaped him in his poker career: a gold bracelet.

Leah was finally able to solve this problem, though, in the A$25,000 WSOP APAC High Roller. He overcame a 68-player field while marching towards a massive A$600,000 prize. As many players know, WSOP high rollers are full of great pros. But the way Leah played, it looked like he was competing against a bunch of 70-year-olds at a church night poker tournament. By the time the final table rolled around, he'd accumulated over half the chips in play.

From here Leah's skill took over as he pushed his advantage at the right time and changed gears when needed. And after dispatching his final opponent, David Yan, the comeback was finally complete. "I'm obviously very happy – I don't know if it has sunk in yet," Leah said. "I've been trying to accomplish this goal for so long. There is just relief that I've finally done it."

The win was especially a relief for Leah when considering how poorly he'd done in the WSOP APAC up to this point. "This has not been a great year for me," he said. "The first nine events here I felt I really played awful. I punted a bunch of events and wasn't happy with how I played. It just seems once I can get into a tournament and off to a good start, getting a lot of chips, I really zone in. All the tournaments I have done well in this year have been like that."

With his latest poker victory, Leah now has over $3.86 million in tourney winnings. Moreover, he's really on fire when taking into account that he finished second in the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open ($1.05 million).

2014 WSOP APAC A$25k High Roller
1. Mike Leah – $600,000
2. David Yan- $360,025
3. Jesse Sylvia – $216,811
4. Jonathan Duhamel – $145,003
5. Sam Khouiss – $110,078
6. Brian Roberts $85,027
7. Sam Higgs – $65,035
8. Andrew Hinrichsen – $50,021