Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier arrived in Monte Carlo a couple of days before his scheduled start on Day 1b of the PokerStars.com EPT Grand Final. So to pass the time, ElkY engaged in a little side action, by playing in 62 online sit-n-go poker tournaments, all within the space of an hour, and establishing a new world record in the process.
A live crowd watched as Team PokerStars Pro Grospellier made himself comfortable in front of four wide-screen monitors and registered for 62 turbo sit-n-goes on PokerStars, each with a $6.50 buy-in. He then proceeded to spend the next hour frenetically clicking back and forth, running as many as 30 tournaments simultaneously, in an impressive demonstration of Gallic concentration and stamina. Given the high number of events running at once, ElkY inevitably timed out on many of his tables. ‘It was out of control,” he said later. “Short-handed play went so fast and I was sitting out a lot, but at the end I managed to regain momentum and got better.”
To reach his goal and make internet poker history, ElkY had to not only complete all of his poker tournaments but he also had to show an overall profit for the monster session, since playing in a bunch of SNG tournaments and losing wouldn’t really be considered an exceptional feat. As the challenge wound down to the last remaining tourney, the outcome still hung in the balance as the French star found he needed one more in-the-money finish. He achieved that and then some, besting online player “King Sampie” to win the final event and squeak out a total profit of $23.67 – good enough for a new world record.
With that mission accomplished, Grospellier turned his attention to playing in the PokerStars.com EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final, where he is still in the hunt after the end of Day 1b.
Here's ElkY showing and discussing his SNG prowess:
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