Who is Bertrand Grospellier?
Bertrand Grospellier better known to the poker community as "Elky" took part in the 2010 World Series of Poker but did not make it past Day 1 in the WSOP, much to the disappointment of his fans.
The French poker player joined the likes of Ivan Demidov and Chris Moneymaker at the 41st WSOP, when he exited the table after six short hours of play in the $10 000 Main Event game.
However, Grospellier did finish in the money at the 2010 WSOP Heads Up No Limit Hold'em tourney when came in at twelfth place and took home $38,424.
Another recent win of his would be his qualifying in Event 11 of the 2010 WSOP, when he took home $4,394 in June for coming in at the 91st place in a No Limit Hold'em event.
Although, Grospellier's 2010 accomplishments at the poker table do not seem to amount to much, he is not to be underestimated. Grospellier is one of three players in the world to hold titles for both the World Poker Tour and the European Poker Tour. He has also qualified for the WSOP several times but has never won a bracelet.
Grospellier is best known for his fast Sit and Go poker playing skills and even holds a Guinness Record for having played the most number of Sit and Go poker tournaments in an hour. These were single table games with a $6.50 buy-in and Grospellier had played 62 games in an hour, while being profitable overall.
Grospellier also showed his mad speed poker skills at PokerStars where he secured 100,000 player points in a short period of 2 weeks, being the first ever player to reach the SuperNova status. He then got one million point a few months later, being again the first player ever to reach SuperNova Elite VIP level, the highest VIP level at Pokerstars.
Currently, Grospellier has three first place finishes to his name and has accumulated winnings to the tune of $6,092,690. His three wins include two Caribbean Poker Adventure EPT championships and one WPT win in which he took home$1.4 million in prize money.
Grospellier has also received a few awards for his poker skills and this includes a 2009 WPT Player of the Year.
Poker is not the only game that Grospellier is good at as he started as one of the best StarCraft players in the world, scoring a second place finish in the 2001 World Cyber Games. He has also played several other cyber game tournaments in Korea, Paris and in the US, and has ranked within the top five many times. Grospellier was born in 1981 in France but is now residing in London, England.
At 30 years old, Bertrand Grospellier is among the best poker players in the world, both live and online. And his carreer is only starting.
Bertrand belongs to charity organizations, such as the Champions for Peace club, a movement supporting peace and freedom in the world. He believes that one of the reasons for his success is not having a big poker ego.
Bertrand Grospellier players online poker exclusively at pokerstars, where he belongs to their famous team of pros.