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The Blog Begins!

by Mike Leah |  Published: Jan 16, '12


Well I have been thinking about starting a blog for a while now; the launch of my website: seems like the right time. My 3rd year as a full-time poker professional is coming to an end and I think it’s amazing how much I continue to learn about the game. I think back to this time last year and I am looking at situations from a much different perspective. I think my foray into coaching has helped my own game a lot; explaining theory to others has made it much clearer to me as well.

This year has been much different than my 1st two as I really cut back on my travel to focus on online, life and WSOP. I decided to take 3 months off of travel before the World Series to rest, prepare, get in shape and focus on the big online series’ in the spring. Unfortunately “Black Friday” put a damper on the online series’; FTOPS and SCOOP still went off although with smaller prize pools of course and a lot of uncertainty. I final tabled both an ftops and scoop event and It was a still a great warm-up for WSOP playing all of the mixed game events and tuning up my game. I had 6 cashes at WSOP and although I failed in my goal of winning my 1st bracelet, I had my best WSOP so far and some great chances to final table, 2012 will be my year! I took another 3 months off after WSOP to recoup, enjoy the summer and focus on WCOOP. As you probably know....That worked out pretty good for me; winning my 1st WCOOP bracelet in Badugi and chopping the Main Event for the biggest win of my career (So far): $560,000. (You can watch a hand history review of my main event run on

I took off to France and Italy shortly after for WSOP Europe where I cashed in the main event and EPT Sam Remo where I final tabled the only 2 side events I played. Although I felt I was playing the best poker of my career I decided to shut things down for the rest of the year to enjoy some time off that the big win made it easy to justify. I have kept sharp playing on Sundays and have been doing a lot of private coaching to keep busy in-between “vacationing”. I definitely have the “itch” back and can’t wait to get back to the live felt in the new-year. I will be going to PCA from Jan 6-17 and then to Borgata from Jan 17-Feb 4 for every event of both series’, I anticipate great results and expect myself to final table at least 1 event in each place. I will then head home for a couple weeks to recoup, go on a ski trip with family and then off to LAPC for the last couple weeks of February.

I am very excited about my website and will be spending a lot of time working on some cool ideas I have through my site: Poker and fantasy sports will be the theme of most of the ideas and should be fun; my website is very interactive and I look forward to talking to many of you on about poker strategy and sports. I will keep this 1st post short as it is more of a review/introduction for me and I expect my future blog posts to be more current or theme based.

Until the next time,


*My latest video series begins today on; it was a WCOOP session I recorded before my main event run.

Mike ‘GoLeafsGoEh’ Leah decided to make the leap from his business career in Sales and Management to play poker professionally in September 2008. Not a bad decision seeing as to-date, the 37-year-old from Toronto, Canada, has over $3 Million in tournament winnings and over $2 million online including WCOOP, FTOPS and UBOC titles.

In 2011 Mike was part of a five-way chop in the prestigious WCOOP Main Event. After a consistently impressive year online it was no surprise that Mike was a strong contender for the coveted 2011 Online Player of The Year award.

However what makes Mike stand out as the consummate poker pro is his success both online and live; he has racked up 6 WSOP cashes in 2011 alone, and came 10th in the 2009 Player of the Year rankings.

Keen to give back to the poker community when not playing Mike is one of Tournament Poker Edge’s top instructors. You can probably tell from his username ‘GoLeafsGoEh’ that he is an avid sports fan and Mike’s enthusiasm for sports extends itself into ‘Fantasy Sports’, where he has developed quite an expertise. Mike also offers private poker coaching. For more information, you can visit his website.

Having already achieved so much in his career Mike is still hungry for a WSOP bracelet and his goal is to win Player of the Year in 2012.

Any views or opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the ownership or management of
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