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When I Was A Donk: Mike Leah

Top Pros Share Their Early Mistakes

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Nov 30, 2011

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In this series, Card Player asks top pros to rewind back to their humble beginnings and provide insights regarding the mistakes, leaks, and deficiencies that they had to overcome in order to improve their games. Mike “goleafsgoeh” Leah is a regular on the live tournament circuit, but when he’s not on the road, he’s grinding away online where he’s earned over $2 million. Recently, the Canadian pro earned the biggest score of his career, banking $560,000 for his third-place finish in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker main event. Card Player caught up with Leah to talk about when his aggression got the best of him early in his career. “I started my career off differently from most high-stakes tournament pros because I final tabled the Sunday Million on PokerStars the first time I had ever won a satellite entry. From there, I kind of just jumped head first ...


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