Mike Leah Claims WSOP High Roller Bracelet

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With the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event taking a day off, all of the attention fell on the High Roller event instead. The event played out its final table of six and ended up with the man that started the day with around half of the chips in play, going on to win the event outright.

That player was Mike Leah who has now picked up his very first World Series of Poker bracelet and a very nice payout of AU$600,000. Having made four previous WSOP final tables in the past, he will be delighted to finally claim his maiden bracelet after coming close on so many occasions.

As mentioned, he started with a massive advantage but would have known that with the likes of PokerStars Team Pro Jonathan Duhamel, Jesse Sylvia and Brian Roberts still in contention, it was never going to be easy.

However, after first witnessing Roberts get eliminated and then seeing both Sam Khouiss and Duhamel get eliminated in the same hand against Sylvia, it was suddenly looking more and more likely that he had a great chance at the title.

This was further confirmed when David Yan then busted Sylvia to leave just the two of them to battle it out for the prestigious bracelet.

Leah came out firing straight away in the heads up session, obviously looking to grind down his opponents chip stack as quickly as possible. Though his opponent did put up a fight to claw a few back, it did not last long as he was grinded down once more before the final hand occurred.

That hand saw Leah push all in with the Ks-7d which attracted a call from Yan with the Kd-4s. The board came down as the 9d-5h-10d-3c-Ah  and it was all over for Yan who walked away with a good payout of  AU$360,025 for his efforts.

As for Leah, this score puts his 2014 live earnings up past the $2,000,000 mark, making it his most successful year with regards to live tournaments.

The Final Standings

1st) Mike Leah – AU$600,000

2nd) David Yan – AU$360,025

3rd) Jesse Sylvia – AU$216,811

4th) Jonathan Duhamel – AU$145,003

5th) Sam Khouiss – AU$110,078

6th) Brian Roberts – AU$85,027

7th) Sam Higgs – AU$65,035

8th) Andrew Hinrichsen – AU$50,021

With this event out of the way, it leaves just the conclusion of the WSOP APAC Main Event to see and it is surely going to be another great final table. This will take place tomorrow and we will certainly bring you a report on how it finishes up.

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