Grospellier at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo in April 2008
|Born|| February 8, 1981
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
|World Poker Tour|
|European Poker Tour|
|Information accurate as of 27 June 2012.|
|Current team||Team Liquid|
|Games||StarCraft: Brood War, Warcraft III, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft|
|Championships||Euro Cyber Games 2003 (SC:BW)|
Bertrand Grospellier (French pronunciation: ; born February 8, 1981 in Melun), also known as ElkY , is a poker player and former StarCraft: Brood War and Warcraft III esports player. He has won a World Poker Tour (WPT), a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet and a European Poker Tour (EPT) title, giving him the Triple Crown. He is a Team PokerStars Pro and he currently resides in London, England. Grospellier is ranked #77 on the Global Poker Index (info from July 8, 2014). In November 2015 Grospellier returned to the esports scene by joining Team Liquid as a Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft player.
Grospellier was one of the top ranked StarCraft players in the world, having placed second in the World Cyber Games in 2001 and continuing his career in South Korea in the years subsequent including a fourth-place finish in an Ongamenet Starleague. By 2002, he picked up the newly released WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos and garnered success by finishing second in the televised Ongamenet WarCraft Retail League before retiring.
He has turned his attention to professional poker the last few years. Grospellier is a member of Team PokerStars. He was the first person ever to reach "Supernova" and "Supernova Elite" statuses on PokerStars - having earned 100,000 and 1,000,000 player points in 2 weeks, and 4 and a half months, respectively.
He set the Guinness World Record for most Single Table Sit & Goes played in one hour for a total of 62 at a $6.50 buy in with a profit of $23.60. As of August 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $10,800,000.
On Saturday, January 20, 2007 he finished second in the Copenhagen event on the European Poker Tour for 309,000 Euros. In January 2008, Grospellier finished in 1st place winning $2,000,000 at the European Poker Tour's (EPT) PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure. A year later, while being knocked out of the main event of the PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure on day 1, Grospellier went on to take home the EPT5 $25,000 buy-in "High Roller" side event for $433,500.
In October 2008, Grospellier added to his tournament haul by winning the World Poker Tour's Festa al Lago tournament, claiming a $1.4 million first prize. The win marked Grospellier's first-ever cash on the WPT. He also became just the third person, along with Roland De Wolfe and Gavin Griffin, to win a title on both the WPT and EPT. As a result of his success on the seventh season of the World Poker Tour, Grospellier was awarded the distinction of "WPT Player of the Year."
|2008||$15,000 Festa al Lago||$1,411,015|
Grospellier was disqualified from event 29 in the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) for agreeing to go all-in blind with another player. This violated the tournament rule which states "Poker is an individual (not a team) game. Any action or chat intended to help another player is unethical and is prohibited." His winnings were forfeited and other places were moved up in the standings to replace his finish. Two other players (Annette_15 and charder30) had also violated the same rule earlier.
On September 18, 2009, Grospellier won his first WCOOP bracelet in event 38. He added a second bracelet only three days later in Event 43 by besting a field of 9,220 entrants. His winnings for both events totaled nearly $500,000.
|2009||Event 38||$530 No Limit Hold’em 1R1A||$232,730|
|2009||Event 43||$215 No Limit Hold’em||$263,323|
Grospellier won his first WSOP bracelet in the '2011 Seven Card Stud Championship', overcoming a field of 126 to collect $331,639 in prize money. This win made Grospellier only the fourth player to win a WPT, EPT and WSOP title.
|2011||$10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship||$331,639|
Today Bertrand Grospellier is a member of the "Champions for Peace" club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.
In November 2015 Elky returned to the esports scene by joining Team Liquid as a Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft player.