This year, the World Poker Tour travelled to Canada’s Niagara Falls for its latest stop. The Fallsview Casino Resort was the site of the poker face-off in the most recent leg of the world-famous tournament, which only had four main poker events. The most highly anticipated of these was of course the Main Event, which was held on February 10-12 with a buy-in of CA$5,000 per player. A total of 517 players signed up to compete for the ultimate winning title and the lion’s share of the $2,337,803 prize pool on offer, but it was eventually Mike ‘GoLeafsGoEh’ Leah who played his way to his very first WPT win last week.
The WPT organisers revealed that during the final day of the poker tournament, 20 players returned to the table to face each other head to head for the title. It was not long before the final table was playing out, with just 6 poker professionals left to win. Eventually, Mike Leah and Ryan Yu were the last two competitors in the race, with Yu holding a chip lead in the early stages of the battle.
Despite Yu’s lead, however, Leah was soon overtaking his counterpart, and the final hand gave him the ultimate win and helped him to bring honour to his home country, Canada. On this final hand, Leah’s 9-5 hand stood up against Yu’s J-8, securing his winning position and leaving Yu with a respectable second place finish.
For his impressive win in the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic Main Event, Mike Leah claimed an equally sensational prize of $451,821. Next up was Asia’s runner-up for the title, Ryan Yu, who took home a $301,217 portion of the WPT event’s total prize pot. In third place was long-time poker player Tim Rutherford, who claimed $222,315 for his performance on February 12, followed up by Carlos Chadha, who won $165,847 by taking down Daniel Wagner during the final table. Wagner came in fifth place, winning $125,096, and Joe Ferrier headed up the pack with a cash win of $95,355, and thus marking the end of the 2018 North American WPT’s 16th season. The poker event kicked off earlier this year with the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, followed closely by the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, which saw Daniel Weinman reign victorious at the glamorous Borgata Casino in Las Vegas.