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.
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.
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
|2017||$111,111 High Roller for One Drop||2nd||$2,278,657|
|2011||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed Championship||3rd||$447,074|
|2011||$10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship||1st||$331,639|
|2012||$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed||6th||$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.
Grospellier won the €550 Colossus for €190,375 after defeating a field of 2,738 players.
Bertrand Grospellier's Top 4 WPT Results
|2008||Festa Al Lago Classic $15,000 Championship||1st||$1,411,015|
|2009||Five Star World Poker Classic $25,000 Championship||3rd||$776,245|
|2011||WPT Marrakech €3,000 Main Event||8th||€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
|2008||PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $7,800 Main Event||1st||$2,000,000|
|2012||EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller||3rd||€621,000|
|2011||Grand Final, Madrid €25,000 High Roller||1st||€525,000|
|2019||EPT Prague €50,000 Super High Roller||2nd€501,590|
|2009||PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $24,500 High Roller||1st||$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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