The Proust Questionnaire: Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier

Bertrand Grospellier
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.

If you've followed poker at all over the last few years, you're undoubtedly very familiar with the Bertrand 'ElkY" Grospellier story.

Former Starcraft king turned tournament crusher/PokerStars pro, the many-hued Grospellier has been a fixture on the poker circuit - and in the winner's circle - from the second he found the game.

With over $10 million in career earnings ElkY's firmly in the top 20 poker earners of all-time, and despite a comparatively limited number of huge scores lately he shows no sign of giving up his spot anytime soon.

Also one of the most fun-loving pros on tour, our colleague at PokerListings France Fred Guillemot caught up with him at a recent tour stop for a round with the always-popular Proust Questionnaire.

Results below; find out more on the classic Proust Questionnaire right here.

Bertrand Grospellier2
ElkY the Lion. If you were an animal, what would you be?

Bertrand Grospellier: A lion.

PL: If you were a country...

BG: The United States.

PL: If you were a city...

BG: Hong Kong.

PL: If you were a poker tournament...

BG: The WSOP Main Event.

PL: If you were a poker card...

BG: The ace of spades.

PL: If you were a movie...

BG: The Dark Knight.

Bertrand Grospellier
ElkY the Joker.

PL: If you were a sport...

BG: Tennis.

PL: Besides poker, what's your favorite addiction?

BG: (smiling) Caffeine.

PL: If you were a fictional character...

BG: Batman.

PL: What's your favorite song? 

BG: At the moment, it's Follow Me by Muse, probably because it's their latest single. I just love that band.

PL: What's your favorite sound?

BG: The sound it makes when people fold on the Internet.

PL: And the one you hate?

Elky the hard charger.

BG: “Raise!” (laughs)

PL: What's your favorite quality in a woman?

BG: Loyalty, I guess.

PL: And in a man?

BG: The same.

PL: What's your main fault?

BG: Oh, I have a lot of these... I guess I have a hard time being mild, I'm always at 100% for everything. It can be a good thing, but more often than not it's not.

PL: Which fault do you forgive most easily?

BG: Excessive self-confidence.

PL: What's your favorite word?

BG: “Love.”

Bertrand Grospellier
ElkY the raiser.

PL: And what's the one you hate?

BG: “Impossible.”

PL: Which superpower would you like to have?

BG: I think being able to stop time would be nice.

PL: What's your biggest fear?

BG: I used to be very scared of heights, before my jump in Macau, but I'm better now.

I managed to do it because my coach was there, and I was pumped. Plus the guys from PokerStars in Asia pushed me because they'd told the media that I was going to do it, so everyone was there to see me.

I was petrified, but actually, once you're falling, even head-first, it's far less scary. It’s psychological, because it is obviously safe, nothing can really happen.

PL: What do you hate the most?

Bertrand Grospellier
ElkY the winner.

BG: Lack of honor and values.

PL: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

BG: Honestly, I'd like to change a lot of things. But I think it's all my experiences and decisions that have made me who I am today, so I'm not sure I want to change that.

BG: You know, I don't want some sort of butterfly effect, where you just change one little thing and everything's different.

PL: If you hadn't become a poker player, what would you have liked to do?

BG: Formula 1 driver, or actor. That's what I wanted to do when I was young. Or chemist.

PL: If God exists, what would you like Him to tell you when you die?

BG: “Congratulations!”

PL: What would you like to be reborn as?

BG: I love cats, so a cat I think.

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