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ElkY sets sights on 2009 WSOP
Despite taking third at the WPT Championship this past weekend, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier was still a winner.
By virtue of a fourth place or better finish in the event, Grospellier managed to take the Season 7 WPT Player of the Year title.
But the Team PokerStars Pro's focus is clearly elsewhere.
"It feels great," he told PokerListings with more than a hint of sadness in his voice.
"I'm sure it will feel better over the next couple of weeks. I'm disappointed I didn't win, but there's nothing I regret. That's poker I guess."
The title caps an unbelievable run for ElkY that began with a $1.4 million win at the WPT's Festa al Lago this past October.
He followed that up with a first place finish in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller Event in January before running deep at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, finishing 32nd.
ElkY then went on to finish third at the NBC National Heads-Up Championship before this latest result at the WPT Championship.
"Sometimes you've got to be lucky and today wasn't my day," Grospellier said, moments after the double elimination hand that sent both he and Christian Harder out of the Championship.
"Yevgeniy (Timoshenko) really played great and he had all the chips so he deserved to win."
ElkY cashed in one single event at the World Series of Poker in 2006. He then made a final table cashing in three events in 2007.
Last year he had another two decent cashes totalling over $60,000.
ElkY is currently in Monte Carlo for the PokerStars EPT Grand Final where he just set the world record for sit-and-go's played in one hour at 62.
Following the Grand Final he expects to make the short trip to Venice, Italy for the World Poker Tour's debut there, but after that, it's time again to focus on the World Series of Poker.
"I'm looking forward to the World Series for sure," he said. "I'm just going to keep training and try to be in the best shape possible."
In particular, ElkY said he's eager to get going in the onetime commemorative gold bracelet $40k No-Limit Hold'em tournament added to the schedule to help mark the 40th anniversary of the World Series of Poker this year.
More than any other, this event is expected to include a field full of the best players on the planet and Grospellier is hoping he can keep his good run going.
"I'm really focused on my game," he said. "I'm training really hard and I'm feeling really good."