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WCOOP Day 21: "ElkY" Falls Short Of Winning Third Bracelet

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier

The 2011 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker is winding down and only two days remain. No bracelets were awarded on Day 21, but both tournaments that ran will crown champions on Sunday. Among those left in Event #58 are 2011 WCOOP bracelet winners Vincent "Vingtcent" Van Der Fluit and Quentin "MiPwnYa" Lae, along with Scott "BigRiskky" Clements. In Event #59, Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier made the final table.

PokerStars WCOOP 58 - $500 Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up Two-Day ($125K Guaranteed)

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Five rounds of the $500 Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-Up event were in the books on Saturday as the field of 401 was trimmed to 16. Among the notables returning to compete for the $50,125 top prize on Sunday were Scott "BigRiskky" Clements, Vincent "Vingtcent" Van Der Fluit, Quentin "MiPwnYa" Lae and Rob "Patonuis2000" Woodcock.

Team PokerStars member Noah "Exclusive" Boeken had his eyes set on a second WCOOP bracelet of the 2011 series but was eliminated in Round 5. Boeken got his chips in with {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{8-Spades} on a board of {10-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{5-Spades} but couldn't hold against the {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{J-Spades}{7-Diamonds} of "NigDawG" as the {Q-Diamonds} on the river gave the U.K. player two pair. Others who failed to reach Day 2 but made the money were Joe "ender555" Ebanks, Richard Toth and Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe. Joel Adam “2FLY2TILT” Gordon and "Big_Nemo" also cashed in the tournament and remain tied for first on the WCOOP Leaderboard with 285 points.

Here's a look at the Round 6 match-ups of Event #58 when play resumed at 1000 EST (1700BST) on Sunday:

Scott "BigRiskky" Clementsvs."valitsius"
"ILIOS72"vs.Vincent "Vingtcent" Van Der Fluit
Rob "Patonuis2000" Woodcockvs."No Limit NL"
Quentin "MiPwnYa" Laevs.dendroid

PokerStars WCOOP 59 - $2,000 HORSE Two-Day ($200K Guaranteed)

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Entering the final table of with the chip lead of Event #59, the $2,000 HORSE Two-Day, was Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. With two tables left, Grospellier won the first six-figure pot to cross the 200,000 chip mark. During the stud round, Grospellier began a hand with split kings and watched as his completion was not only raised by an {8-}, but re-raised by a {10-}. Grospellier re-raised but slowed down the rest of the way. He called bets on fourth and fifth street before all players opted to check on sixth. Grospellier improved to trip kings on the river and was paid off by one opponent, taking the chip lead into the final table.

Here were the chip counts to start:

2Alex "Kravchenko" Kravchenko106,300
3Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney78,841
5Lari "Operga" Sihvo91,142
7Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier218,147
8Marcel "p3rc4" Bjerkmann114,245

The short stack of the group, Bryn Kenney, exited first during limit hold'em. Kenney's {K-Spades}{10-Diamonds} almost got there against the {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs} of "mitdadu," but ultimately came up short as the final board read {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{9-Spades}. Six hands later, "mitdadu" sent "A1Jags" to the rail and grabbed the chip lead, temporarily, in the process. Still in limit hold'em, "A1Jags" raised on the button. From the big blind, "mitdadu" made it three bets to go, which "A1Jags" called. An {A-Clubs}{J-Spades}{7-Hearts} flop fell which "mitdadu" played aggressively. After the initial continuation bet was raised, "mitdadu" made it three bets once again. "A1Jags" didn't mind and made it four bets, and "mitdadu" slowed down and just called. The {8-Diamonds} hit the turn and "mitdadu" put in a check-raise, leading "A1Jags" to get it all-in with {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}. The pair of aces had been way ahead, but "mitdadu" got there on the turn with {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts} to clinch the hand. A meaningless {5-Diamonds} river officially ended "A1Jags'" tournament.

Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko was the next to depart, doing so during razz. He committed much of his stack on third street and put the rest in of fourth street.

Alex Kravchenko: {7-}{3-}/{5-}{Q-} - {8-}{Q-}/{A-}
Lari "Operga" Sihvo: {6-}{2-}/{3-}{Q-} - {A-}{5-}/{10-}

Even though Kravchenko did make an 8-7 low, Sihvo locked it up on sixth street with a 6-5 low to score the elimination. Following Kravcheno to the rail was fellow Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier. Although he began the final table with the chip lead, Grospellier was unable to get it going and busted during stud. A severely short-stacked Grospellier was all-in on third street.

Marcel "p3rc4" Bjerkmann: {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}/{5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}/{3-Clubs}
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier: {K-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}/{8-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{J-Spades}/{6-Spades}

Bjerkmann's two pair was more than enough to felt Grospellier in fifth place. Day 1 ended a few minutes later, setting the stage for Sunday's Day 2.

2Lari "Operga" Sihvo45,895
4Marcel "p3rc4" Bjerkmann485,108
5Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier$15,510
6Alex "Kravchenko" Kravchenko$12,690
8Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney$7,755

Notable Finishes: Eric "AceQuad" Brix (10th - $6,345), Andre "aakkari" Akkari (12th - $6,345), Chad "ChadBrownPRO" Brown (16th - $4,935), James "Andy McLEOD" Obst (18th - $3,525)

It's been an incredible WCOOP and the excitement isn't quite over yet. We'll be providing live coverage of the Main Event on both Day 1 and Day 2, so be sure to keep it here at PokerNews for all of the exciting action.

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