Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier is a Team Pokerstars Pro who, before getting into poker, was one of the top Starcraft players in the world.
When he switched from gaming to poker, Grospellier had immediate success, finishing 2nd in the 2007 EPT Scandinavian Open in Copenhagen for $400K. Following that, Bertrand claimed his first victory in January 2008 by winning the EPT PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure for $2 million, then went on to win his first WPT event later that same year, the Festa Al Lago for $1.4 million. In 2009, Grospellier once again made noise at the Caribbean Poker Adventure, this time winning the High Rollers event for $433K, and then succeeded it by making another WPT final table, 3rd for $776K at the Five Star World Poker Classic.
Grospellier’s other achievements include becoming the first person to ever reach “Supernova Elite” on Pokerstars, and setting the Guinness World Record for most Single Table Sit & Go’s in one hour – 62. Bertrand has amassed over $5.5 million in live tournament earnings.
Born on February 8th, 1981 in France, Grospellier found an early love for gaming. The French Bertrand Grospellier was a big in the world of online gaming for a long time. He had success in the World Cyber Games and was later one of the top ranked Starcraft players in the world. He would move to South Korea to play in the pro gaming leagues there and was highly successful there.
Video gaming is very big in South Korea, much like football in America, and “ElkY as he was known online was one of their biggest stars. Just a simple google search for ElkY will find many sites devoted to him and his accomplishments in the gaming world. He had a real skill as a gamer and his unique look made him a star in South Korea. Something that keeps him coming back to Korea long after his time as a professional gamer.
A friend introduced him to Pokerstars where he was able to find a lot of success. There is something about the world of gaming and professional poker that makes a lot of good players. In addition to ElkY, you have Nazgul and Rekrul who translated their video game to success to success in the poker world.
He threw himself into online poker in the same way he did video gaming and had a lot of the same success. In 2009, he earned to bracelets at the World Championship of Online Poker. He had a very analytical mind and multi-tabling came easy to him. He’d often have 12 hour sessions. His online popularity led to Pokerstars giving him a sponsorship deal.
Bertrand’s online success transferred over well to his live game play as he had instant success there as well. He finished second in a 2007 EPT Copenhagen event and cashed for nearly $400,000. He’s also enjoyed great success at the World Series of Poker.
Online is where ElkY still shines though. He’s often found playing 12-14 tables at once online which is where he makes a good portion of his winnings.
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