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ElkY ships WCOOP bracelet
Team PokerStars pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier continued his assualt on the poker world both online and off this week, beating 1,168 others to grab a 2009 WCOOP bracelet.
Thanks to over 1,500 re-buys and add-ons in the $530 buy-in event, the tournament's final prize pool reached an impressive $1,369,000, with 171 players making it into the money.
Baseball legend and PokerStars sponsored player Orel Hershiser also made a deep run to finish 49th.
With play down to two tables, the field in the WCOOP event was still thick with world-class pros, including James "mig.com" Mackey, who eventually went on to finish in 11th place.
After the elimination of Mackey it only took a few hands to play down to the nine-handed final table.
Perhaps the greatest threat to ElkY at the final table was Hafiz "hafizzle" Khan who finished runner up to Grospellier in his 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure win.
Khan managed to double up through cashryders22, only to double up Grospellier a couple hands later, eventually finishing in fourth for $93,092.
It was Ginsash who took on ElkY heads-up and although he managed to grind himself into the chip lead, ElkY's unrelenting aggression saw the French pro turn things around.
ElkY's first place finish earned him $232,730, and one more impressive poker victory to add to his resume.
Since 2008, ElkY has been one of the hottest poker players in the world.
He started the year by shipping the PCA for $2 million.
He then took first at the WPT's Festa Al Lago for $1.4 million, third in the NBC Heads-Up Championships, and third in the $25k WPT Championship earning him WPT Player of the Year honors.
The 2009 WCOOP is into its final weekend with the $5,200 2-day main event beginning Sunday.