Bertrand Grospellier

Bertrand Grospellier
GPI rank: 836
WSOP Bracelets: 2
EPT Wins: 1
WPT Wins: 1
Total Live Earnings: $14,846,640
Nationality:
France France
Nickname: ElkY
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Last seen on: 2022 WSOP International Circuit - Rozvadov

Biography

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier is a French poker player and GGPoker Ambassador. His is also a Triple Crown winner, having won a World Series of Poker bracelet, as well as World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour titles.

He is also a former PokerStars Team Pro, having represented the site from 2006-2018, and a former partypoker pro having represented the site from 2018-2020.

Biography

Grospellier was born in Melun, France. Before he started playing poker, he was a world-famous StarCraft player under the name 'ElkY'. In 2001 moved to South Korea to pursuit his passion for StarCraft. He took part in a number of competitions beating thousands of his opponents and collecting top place finishes. Grospellier says that his gaming experience is one of the main reasons why he's so successful at the poker tables.


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He started playing poker professionally in 2005. Since then, Grospellier has countless cashes in the world's biggest poker tournaments and more than $14 million in live tournament cashes. At the online felt, he is became the first player to reach PokerStars Supernova and Supernova Elite statuses. First he earned 100,000 player points in just two weeks and then collected another 1,000,000 points in four and a half months.

Grospellier at the WSOP

Grospellier first played in the World Series of Poker in 2006 and added three more money finishes to his resume in the summer of 2007. One of the cashes was also marked by making the final table in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em event. He took home a total of $77,000 in winnings that year.

In 2011, Grospellier won his first WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship for more than $330,000. He also finished 3rd in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed Championship for over $440,000, and then final tabled the WSOP Europe €3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout tournament for almost €50,000.

Having picked up a seven-figure cash at the 2017 World Series of Poker, finishing second in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop, Grospellier won his second bracelet in 2019 at the WSOP Europe.

Grospellier's Top 5 WSOP Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2017$111,111 High Roller for One Drop2nd$2,278,657
2011$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed Championship3rd$447,074
2011$10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship1st$331,639
2019(E)€550 Colossus1st€191,172
2012$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed6th$68,738

Grospellier on the World Poker Tour

Grospellier won his WPT title in 2008. He won the Festa Al Lago Classic $15,000 Championship for a $1.4 million cash prize. A few months later ElkY came close to his second WPT trophy at the Five Star World Poker Classic $25,000 Championship event. He finished the tournament in third place collecting more than $770,000 in prize money. Two years later ElkY came back to the WPT circuit for another money finish, this time at the WPT Marrakech €3,000 Main Event. He made the final table and eventually placed eight for €20,230 in cash.


Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Wins Second Bracelet in Event #15 Colossus


Grospellier won the €550 Colossus for €190,375 after defeating a field of 2,738 players.

Bertrand Grospellier's Top 4 WPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2008Festa Al Lago Classic $15,000 Championship1st$1,411,015
2009Five Star World Poker Classic $25,000 Championship3rd$776,245
2011WPT Marrakech €3,000 Main Event8th€20,230 ($27,327)

Grospellier on the European Poker Tour

Grospellier first entered the European Poker Tour stage in 2006 at the EPT Baden and placed 16th in the Main Event. Just a year later, in 2007 he came close to his first EPT win. ElkY finished second in the EPT Copenhagen Main Event stepping down to the winner Magnus Petersson and collecting $400,000 for his accomplishment. Although Grospellier has a total of five first-place EPT finishes, four of them came in side events, while his only Main Event title was obtained in 2008 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $7,800 Main Event. ElkY then took home $2 million in prize money along with the shiny trophy.

Bertrand Grospellier's Top 5 EPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2008PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $7,800 Main Event1st$2,000,000
2012EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller3rd€621,000
2011Grand Final, Madrid €25,000 High Roller1st€525,000
2019EPT Prague €50,000 Super High Roller2nd€501,590 
2009PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $24,500 High Roller1st$433,500

Other Poker Achievements

Aside from his Triple Crown, Grospellier has a number of other poker trophies in his collection. In 2009 he won the €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Team Event at the Belgium Open Poker Championships in Namur for €11,250. Then in October, 2010 Grospellier took down the €1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Barriere Poker Tour in Lille, France for a €40,000 payday. In December of the same year he won the €3,000 Main Event at the Trophees Haussmann in Paris taking home €110,800.

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Event Place Prize
2021 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #13: €10,000 NLH 6-Max
4th €62,574
2021 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #11: €1,650 NLH 6-Max
14th €7,480
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #67: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event World Championship
312th $33,900
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #56: $10,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em Championship
27th $22,990
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
10th $26,171
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #13: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold'em
32nd $9,299
2021 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #7: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER NLH - $1M for 1st [Final Day], $5M GTD
28th $11,750
2021 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #2: $1,111 Caesars Cares Charity Event
171st $2,031
2021 GGPoker WSOP Super Circuit Online Series
#6: $365 GIANT No Limit Hold'em
13th $7,274
2021 GGPoker Super MILLION$ Week
Event #4: Sunday High Rollers ME $1,050, $1M Gtd.
22nd $5,875
2020 GGPoker WSOP Winter Online Circuit
WSOPC #2: $10,300 Super MILLION$ High Roller, $5M Gtd.
51st $22,365
2020 GGPoker High Rollers Week
HRW 07: $10,300 NLHE High Roller, $1.25M GTD
9th $35,354
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #65: $600 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack Championship
94th $2,490
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #63: $500 Mini Main Event, $5M GTD
1181st $1,541
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #59: $2,500 Double Stack No Limit Hold'em
83rd $6,411
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #58: $5,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship
70th $12,511
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #56: $1,500 GGMasters WSOP Edition [High Roller]
40th $8,721
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #54: $10,000 Heads Up No Limit Hold'em Championship [No Late Reg, 128 Cap]
16th $24,832
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #50: $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Bounty Championship
29th $4,038
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #48: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, $5M GTD, $1M to 1st
670th $2,115
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #42: $400 PLOSSUS [Day 2], $1M GTD
441st $1,046
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #33: $1,111 Every 1 for Covid Relief [Caesars Cares]
319th $2,249
2019 PokerStars EPT Prague
€50,000 EPT Super High Roller
2nd €501,590
2019 PokerStars EPT Prague
€10,300 No-Limit Hold'em
5th €48,520
2019 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #15: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em
1st €190,375
2019 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #14: €10,350 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em
55th €18,330
2019 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em
51st €2,596
2019 WPTDeepStacks Marrakech
Main Event
46th 29,000 MAD
2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe
Main Event
53rd €20,000
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
425th $30,780
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #84: The Closer - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
106th $3,840
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #56: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty
75th $2,819
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #26: $2,620 No-Limit Hold'em Marathon
93rd $4,540
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee
52nd $10,933
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #54: Big Blind Antes $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
65th $6,712
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #31: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
11th $5,110
2018 WSOP International Circuit King's Casino Rozvadov
Main Event
40th €4,651
2018 WSOP International Circuit King's Casino Rozvadov
€5,300 High Roller
4th €22,883
2017 WSOP International Circuit King's Casino Rozvadov
Main Event
69th €3,639
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #68: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
173rd $4,679
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #66: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
59th $6,299
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER
100th $8,054
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #16: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
186th $2,369
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #6: High Roller for One Drop - $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em
2nd $2,278,657
2017 PokerStars Championship Sochi
Main Event
13th 2,055,000 RUB
2017 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®
Main Event
12th €33,600
2017 PokerStars Festival Rozvadov
Main Event
23rd €6,803
2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Malta
€10,300 High Roller
21st €22,000
2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Barcelona
€10,300 High Roller
55th €21,000
2015 PokerStars.fr EPT Season 11 Deauville
€5,300 Main Event
31st €14,490
2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
Main Event
104th $17,800
2014 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 London
£4,250 Main Event
80th £7,750
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #24: $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
51st $9,509
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #22: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
16th $21,958
2014 PokerStars.net EPT Vienna
€5,300 Main Event
119th €9,550
2013 PokerStars.com EPT Prague
€5,300 Main Event
106th €9,900
2013 PokerStars.com EPT Prague
€10,300 High Roller
23rd €18,950
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #62: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
295th $32,242
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
111th $5,555
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #19: $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em
7th $34,341
2013 PokerStars.com EPT London
The Professionals vs. Team PokerStars
1st £50,000
2012 PokerStars.net EPT Prague
Main Event
100th €8,000
2012 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #7: €10,450 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
25th €22,982
2012 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #5: €10,450 Mixed Max - No-Limit Hold'em
13th €20,443
2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona
€10,000 High Roller
7th €43,150
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 32: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.
16th $19,542
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 23: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed
6th $68,738
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 17: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em
18th $23,876
The 2012 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final
€100,000 Super High Roller
3rd €621,000
2012 PokerStars.it EPT Campione
Main Event
61st €9,000
2011 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #4: €3,200 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
5th €47,763
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #46: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em / Six Handed Championship
3rd $447,074
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #21: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
1st $331,639
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #16: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit)
11th $27,928
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #13: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
104th $4,998
2011 EPT Deauville
Main Event
44th €15,000
2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
Main Event
126th $20,000
2010 PokerStars.net EPT Barcelona
Main Event
56th €13,000
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #35: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
12th $38,424
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #11: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
91st $4,394
2010 PokerStars.it EPT San Remo
Main Event
144th €9,000
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 34 - $1,500 No Limit Hold'em
13th $30,398
2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
$20,000 Heads-up Championship
4th $125,000
2009 L.A. Poker Classic
$10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship
32nd $38,085
2008 World Series of Poker
39th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event
370th $28,950
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 46 - $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-handed
16th $31,781
2007 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour - Macau
APPT Macau - $2500 Main Event
5th $48,576
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 15 - $1,500 No Limit Holdem
21st $20,806
2007 EPT Warsaw
Main Event
17th 24,282 PLN

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