ElkY Wins First WSOP Bracelet and Poker's Triple Crown

Elky Grospellier WSOP winner
ElkY now has an EPT title, a WPT title and a WSOP gold bracelet.

Yesterday at the World Series of Poker Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier became just the fourth person in history to win a WSOP bracelet and main event titles on both the EPT and WPT.

Outlasting 126 players in the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud Championship, ElkY pocketed $331,639 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

For someone with such an impressive poker résumé it seemed like a win at the World Series was bound to happen.

In ElkY’s opinion, however, it shouldn’t have taken this long.

“The first year I played, in 2007, I had three deep runs and a final table so I thought it would be easy,” Grospellier told PokerListings.com in Las Vegas.

“Then for five years I ran pretty bad and just couldn’t get anything going,” he said.

But just because he was running bad at the WSOP doesn’t mean he wasn’t enjoying huge tournament success at major events around the world.

His total career earnings now tip the scales at $7.95 million, the vast majority of which coming since he won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2008 for $2 million.

Since then his long tournament record has been highlighted by a win at WPT Festa al Lago for $1.4 million, a third place at the WPT Championship for $776,000 and a win in the $25k High Roller event at the EPT Grand Final last month in Madrid for $779,000.

Virtually every result Grospellier has had has been in Hold’em events. But his first bracelet was won playing Seven-Card Stud against the best players in the world.

Despite very little experience in non-Hold’em games, ElkY credits his success in this event to his ability as an all-around gamer.

“I’ve played a lot of games, including non-poker games, and there are definitely similarities when you have a lot of experience, especially when you’re playing against another human being,” ElkY pointed out.

His decision to play this event was motivated by two key factors, his desire to win a WSOP bracelet and the fact that the WSOP is one of the only places in the world where you can find big non-Hold’em tournaments.

“Big events in games like Stud and 2-7 are impossible to play in Europe, so it’s really fun to play them at the WSOP,” he said.

With over half of the 2011 WSOP schedule still to go Grospellier will be looking for more deep runs and a shot at the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year title.

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About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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poker cash game 2011-06-17 16:23:37

Nice article. I believe Elky is indeed the first Frenchman to win three WSOP bracelets, quite a performance!