• July 31, 2021

2014 WSOP APAC Day 16

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The penultimate day of the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific (WSOP APAC) would see the$25,000 High Roller draw to a dramatic conclusion as Canadian Mike Leah claimed his first gold bracelet after overcoming Kiwi David Yan heads-up.
When the dust had settled, it was Mike Leah left standing. The 40-year-old Canadian professional poker play had come into Day 3 with a massive chip lead, and he would walk away with his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.
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There were six players still in contention to kick off the final day of the High Roller. Leah, the eventual champion, began the day with a monster chip lead, having more than his five opponents combined.
The first player to be eliminated, in 6th place, was Brian Roberts.
The action didn’t slow down after Roberts’ elimination. Quite the opposite actually as two players would be eliminated simultaneously to bring the $25K High Roller down to the final three. Despite scoring the double knockout, Sylvia was next to go in third place to set up the heads-up duel between Leah and Yan. This was the first time Leah had made it to heads-up play in his many WSOP events, and he wasn’t about to let this chance slip through the cracks.
Leah applied the pressure early, grinding Yan down to under 700,000 in chips with 5,100,000 chips in play. Yan did find a double to get back to seven figures, but Leah didn’t flinch and was right back taking charge shortly thereafter. Leah worked Yan back down to under 700,000 once more before the final hand saw his K ♠ 7 ♦ hold up against Yan’s K ♦ 4 ♠.
For the victory, Leah earned his first WSOP gold bracelet and AU$600,000 in prize money. This proved to be the second largest score of his live tournament career following his runner-up finish to Daniel Colman in August for $1,047,638. All told, Leah now has well over $2,000,000 in live winnings this year, in what is his best year ever.
With that, there’s only one more event to go from the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific. Saturday will see the 10th and final bracelet event of the festival awarded as the final six players return in the AU$10,000 Main Event to play to a champion beginning at 3:30 p.m. local time.
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