Born in France on February 8, 1981, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier was formerly a StarCraft supremo, who placed second in the World Cyber Games in 2001 and placed first in the Euro Cyber Games in 2003. He transitioned to poker in 2005 right after the 2003 poker boom. His very first life-changing big win was from the January 2008 $7,800+200 buy-in PokerStars Caribbean Adventure - he took home a whopping $2,000,000 prize for dominating a player field of 1,136.
Team partypoker pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier recently secured his second WSOP bracelet after outlasting a field of 2,738 players in the WSOP Europe Colossus €550 buy-in event in Rozvadov for €190,375. This latest win takes his lifetime live poker tourney earnings to nearly $14 million.
The French poker pro shares his sentiments about his latest victory with partypoker.
Bertrand Grospellier, better known in the poker world as ElkY, has joined partypoker as the latest ambassador. ElkY joins an elite team of ambassadors including Isaac Haxton, Fedor Holz, Sam Trickett, Patrick Leonard and Jason Koon, amongst others, and will not only assist with the launch of partypoker.eu but will also help facilitate effective communication channels between partypoker and the poker community.
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier was one of the top ranked StarCraft players in the world before beginning the transition to poker in the end of 2003. ElkY has been under the Team PokerStars Pro flag since 2006 and accumulated almost $11 million from playing live tournaments!
Georgios Kapalas is the chip leader with 1,398,000 among the final 36 players of the EPT Deauville Main Event. The Greek pro missed this tournament for the first time ever last year when his fellow countryman Sotirios Koutoupas bested a field of 671 players (and denied Eugene Katchalov the triple crown heads-up) for €614,000. Now, Kapalas sits in a great spot to take Greece back-to-back titles in Deauville!
Although most super stars in the poker world are in Las Vegas at the moment, there are some who instead have headed to Macau in China for the 2013 GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions (hosted by PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams). On Tuesday, a HK $250,000 buy-in tournament (a warm-up tournament to a HKD 1 million buy-in tournament that starts today) started and saw a field of 45 players, who created a HK $10,743,750 (approx. $1.39 million) prize pool.
Only the top five players made the money and Nick Wong took home the top prize of HK $4,298,000 ($550,000) after defeating defeating Team PokerStars Online's Isaac Haxton heads-up for the title. Wong had a massive chip lead when heads-up play kicked off, and it only took him a few minutes to defeat Haxton.
1 Nick Wong HK $4,298,000 (US $550,000) 2 Isaac "Ike" Haxton HK $2,579,000 (US $334,935) 3 Philipp Gruissem HK $1,719,000 (US $223,246) 4 Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier HK $1,289,000 (US $167,402) 5 Tore Lukashaugen HK $858,750 (US $111,428)
The two starting days of the WSOP Europe Main Event are in the books now. In total, 420 players enterd the tournament for €10,450 each and created a massive €4,032,000 prize pool. Today the second day of the tournament will be played and 230 players have chips left.
On Thursday, a total of 52 players returned to play Day 2 of Event #5: Mixed Max (No-Limit Hold'em). Jennifer Tilly had the lead when the day started and Faraz Jaka was the closest opponent.
After several hours of 6-handed action, just as planned, the second day of the tournament ended when 16 players had chips left, and both Jaka (3rd place with 258,100) and Tilly (9th place with 163,300) were among the survivors. Other notables to make it through the day were, for example, Phil Hellmuth, Marvin Rettenmaier, Bertrand Grospellier and Jason Mercier. However all the pros mentioned above were overshadowed by another player...
The High Roller event ($10,000 buy-in) attracted a field of 111 players when it kicked off yesterday in the afternoon. Many players invested another €10,000 because it was possible to re-load one time, which made the total prize pool €1,087,800. In the picture you can see Dan Smith, the Super high Roller winner, capping his cards with a bundle of buy-in.
Now, Day 2 of the event is underway and 82 players still have a chance of taking home the first place prize of €359,000. Taylor Paur is the chip leader with 220,400. In the top of the field are also, for example, PokerStars Team Pros Jonathan Duhamel (140,100), Bertrand Grospellier (129,100) and Angel Guillen (123,700).
In ended up being a very exciting final table in the Spring Championship of Online Poker #6-High ($1,050 NL Draw) event as both Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier were on it.
Both of them did extremely well on the final. ElkY, however, was sent packing in 3rd place for $11,530,00, which left Daniel Negreanu playing heads-up against Argentian pro Roberto "Maestro Shao" Greco.
Negreanu, who has reached several final tables both online and live this year but failed to win, didn't win this time either and instead it was Roberto Greco who laid hands on the title and the first prize of $22,890. Negreanu received $15,330 for his efforts.
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier is back in first place on Global Poker Index thanks to his third-place finish in the €100,000 Super High Roller that was played during EPT Monte-Carlo.
Jason Mercier, who had the lead last week, has now dropped to second place. This is the first time since December last year that ElkY is back in the lead on GPI's list. However, it extremely tight among the top players, so we might see a change already next week.
Erik Seidel, who had outstanding tournament results last year, has dropped 2 positions since last week on the Global Poker Index. The main reason for this drop is due to his 2nd place finish in the Epic Poker League $20,000 NLHE 6-Max Main Event aging into Period 2.