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Bertrand Grospellier
Bertrand Grospellier EPT4.jpg
Grospellier at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo in April 2008
Nickname(s) ElkY
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) None
Money finishes 8
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
122nd, 2009
World Poker Tour
Titles 1
Final tables 2
Money finishes 4
European Poker Tour
Titles 1
Final tables 2
Money finishes 4

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (born February 8, 1981 in Melun[1]) is a pro gamer and poker player from France who won both a World Poker Tour (WPT) and a European Poker Tour (EPT) title and is a Team PokerStars Pro. He currently resides in London, England.[2][3]

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Gaming

Grospellier was one of the top ranked Starcraft players in the world, having placed second in the World Cyber Games in 2001 and continuing his career in South Korea in the years subsequent including a fourth place finish in a Ongamenet Starleague. By 2002, he picked up the newly released WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos and garnered success by finishing second in the televised Ongamenet WarCraft Retail League before retiring.[3]

Accomplishments

  • 3rd - KBK Jeju[4] (Seoul, South Korea)
  • 2nd - World Cyber Games 2001[5] (Seoul, South Korea)
  • 4th - World Cyber Games 2002[6] (Daejeon, South Korea)
  • 4th - SKY 2 Ongamenet Starleague[7] (Seoul, South Korea)
  • 2nd - Ongamenet WarCraft Retail League[8] (Seoul, South Korea) [WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos, all others StarCraft: Brood War]
  • 1st - Euro Cyber Games 2003[9] (Paris, France)
  • 5th - World Cyber Games 2003 (Seoul, South Korea)
  • top 16 - World Cyber Games 2004 (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.)

Poker

He has turned his attention to professional poker the last few years, qualifying for several events in the 2006 and 2007 World Series of Poker. Grospellier is a member of Team PokerStars. He was the first person ever to reach "Supernova" and "Supernova Elite" statuses on PokerStars - having earned 100,000 player points in just 2 weeks and 1,000,000 player points in 4 and a half months, respectively.[3]

Accomplishments

He set the Guinness World Record for most Single Table Sit & Goes played in one hour for a total of 62 at a $6.50 buy in with a profit of $23.60. [10] As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,700,000.[11]

European Poker Tour

On Saturday, January 20, 2007 he finished second in the Copenhagen event on the European Poker Tour for 309,000 Euros. In January 2008, Grospellier finished in 1st place winning $2,000,000 at the European Poker Tour's (EPT) PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure [12]. A year later, while being knocked out of the main event of the PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure on day 1, Grospellier went on to take home the $25,000 buy-in "High Roller" side event for $433,500.[2]

World Poker Tour

In October 2008, Grospellier added to his tournament haul by winning the World Poker Tour's Festa al Lago tournament, claiming a $1.4 million first prize. The win marked Grospellier's first-ever cash on the WPT. He also became just the third person, along with Roland De Wolfe and Gavin Griffin, to win a title on both the WPT and EPT.[2] As a result of his success on the seventh season of the World Poker Tour, Grospellier was awarded the distinction of "WPT Player of the Year." [13]

World Championship of Online Poker

Disqualification from 2008 event 29

He was disqualified in that event for agreeing to go all-in blind flip with another player. This violated the tournament rule which states "Poker is an individual (not a team) game. Any action or chat intended to help another player is unethical and is prohibited." His winnings was forfeited and other places were moved up to replace his finish.[14] Annette_15 and charder30 were also violated the same rule earlier.[15]

2009

On September 18, 2009, Grospellier won a World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) bracelet in event 38.[16] He then added a second bracelet only three days later in Event 43 by besting a field of 9,220 entrants. His winnings for both events totaled nearly $500,000.

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