Grospellier hits stride on Main Event Day 2b

Bertrand Grospellier
Crazy? Maybe. Effective? Absolutely.

It's always easy to spot Bertrand Grospellier at the WSOP, even with the Amazon Room packed for Day 2B of the Main Event.

'ElkY' is always dressed up on the blingy side, sporting an array of jeweled hoodies and t-shirts that would make any Ed Hardy fan envious.

More importantly though, Grospellier is easy to spot because he's usually got a giant stack of chips in front of him.

Since turning his focus to poker in 2005, Grospellier has established himself as one of the top No-Limit Hold'em players in the world, with seven cashes at the WSOP in the last three years.

Grospellier is also a dominant figure around the world, winning major events on both the WPT and EPT in the past year to burst out on the poker scene.

Now, with Day 2B officially in the books, Grospellier is poised for Day 3 and he'll return Friday with 208k in chips.

It wasn't a perfect day for Grospellier, but he survives nonetheless.

"I didn't make anything on the flop in the last level, so I dropped down a little bit," Grospellier told shortly after bagging up his chips.

"I guess that's not so bad, that's a pretty good chip stack. I'm satisfied. There are a lot of good players left but the structure is great. I'm pretty confident."

The Main Event takes a day off Thursday, and a field of right around 2,000 players will return Friday.

648 players will make the money and, with the opening stages of the tournament complete, Grospellier likes his chances for a deep run.

The French No-Limit Hold'em specialist fought through a tricky first two days, picking his spots against an eclectic field.

"The field is big, and amateurs do things that are kind of weird," Grospellier said. "They'll do things like raise with deuce-five, and there are a lot of people moving in before the flop."

The variable of so many unknown players and styles in the Main Event makes it tough for the pros to survive, but Grospellier is right in the mix.

"It's kind of tricky," Grospellier said. "You just have to always be thinking. You have such a mix of players, really good online players, live pros, complete amateurs. So you really have to be careful and be able to assess who's playing at your table pretty quickly."

Despite the fact that nearly 4,500 players have busted out of this year's Main Event, 'ElkY' is still on his guard for reckless amateurs and other assorted brands of donkeys and fish.

"I'm sure there are still a lot of those players in the field," said Grospellier with a knowing smile. "You have to be careful."

Grospellier will join the likes of Phil Ivey, David Benyamine and J.C. Tran on Day 3 of the 2009 WSOP Main Event, which kicks off on Friday at 12 p.m.

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