Mike ‘GoLeafsGoEh’ Leah
Interview Notes: July 23, 2013
Derrick Oliver-Dewan speaks with Mike ‘GoLeafsGoEh’ Leah, from Innissfil, Ontario, Canada, one of the toughest players to face in the game today, especially in the game of 7-Card Stud Hi/Low 8 or Better, an event that saw him make two final tables at the 2013 WSOP, Event #’s 13 and 39. Overall, it was a terrific summer for this true professional, a guy who’s honed his abilities to the point of being fearsome at the table, although he describes his main event as awful. This is Mike’s 2nd appearance on High Roller Radio….candid and to the point. Great job Mike, thanks buddy.
Hey High Rollers, our guest today is quickly becoming one of the toughest guys in the world to play against, a Canadian who continues to work on his game and hone his skills, and a guy who continues to make big scores…in big events…
And I marked him as one of the guys to watch at this year’s World Series of Poker, and man of man, did he have an outstanding summer or what…what a series….three final tables I believe….a few hundred thousand ion the bank….in a word sweet, for this guy, Mike ‘GoLeafsGoEh’ Leah…
Mike welcome to the show…..congratulations on a fine summer….a number of stellar performances….how would you sum up your time at the RIO this summer?
How many events did you play….how many cashes? And did you play more events because of your success, early on?
Event #13, a $5k buy-in 7-card stud, hi/low split or better event…you finish 3rd for $100,000, probably just the stat you were hoping for…make a big score, take some of the pressure off…
What stacked line-up, that final table was….Tony Cousineau, I believe he’s the guy with the record for most cashes in one WSOP at 11….David Bakes Baker, another well-known big name player…Matthew Ashton…who finished 2nd….he also won the 50k Players Championship…and is the current leader for WSOP Player of the Year, and of course, Mike ‘the Mouth’ Matusow wins it…his 4th bracelet a poke legend…
Just to be associated with a final table like that has to be thrilling…
What strategy did you employ heading into that final table?
How disappointed were you not to win that event Mike….I take it the closest you’ve ever been to WSOP gold…Matusow was low on chips the entire way…he wins…you bow out in 3rd…
You follow that success up with a 5th in Event #39, $1500 7-card stud hi/low split 8 or better…a tourney won by fellow Canadian Daniel Idema…you pocket another $40,000…..tell us about that final table….your experience there?
Gotta ask you about a couple of women who made deep runs in that event….first off…the first lady of poker Linda Johnson nearly final tabled, finished 9th…did you play against her? And Kristy Gazes….i’m a huge fan, if you know what I mean, is shee as good looking in person as I think she might be?
Play-off beard? Intimidate opponents?
Hammond, Illinois…circuit event player of series……
2011 WCOOP, won your first WCOOP bracelet opn PokerStars, 300 dollar Badugi event…then a 5-way chop in the main event for $560,000….your biggest score to day….how does that compare with the summer you just had?
Littered with results….cash after cash, more than 900 cashes I read somewhere…more than $3 million lifetime….
Quite a career….when did you decide to play poker professionally?
Sunglasses at poker table?
Slow play of players?
Mike ‘GoLeafsGoEh’ Leah Thank-you sir!!!!
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