The French Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier first achieved success in computer games before he started playing poker. As one of the world's best Starcraft players, Grospellier has also moved to South Korea for a while, to play in the local pro league. Due to his highly successful player career, his nickname "Elky" is well known among online poker players worldwide. He is the first poker player whose every move is monitored by his fans.
After a friend introduced him to PokerStars, his obvious talent has found a wider audience. His close connection to PokerStars proved inspiring and he used his massive appetite for games for improving his own abilities. In the last few years, he has been a professional online poker player. He is one of the world's top ten online players. He often plays 14-15 tables at once.
He is a regular participant of the most prestigious events, where most of the time he plays Texas Hold'em. He won two bracelets at the Online Poker World Championship in 2009, he is a multiple winner of EPT, where his total winning of more than $ 2 million made him one of the highest earners of all time. His most outstanding performance was achieved in the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament where defeating 1136 players he won not only one of the highest prizes in poker history, $ 2 million, but also, he proved himself among the best live tournament players.
More success came in 2009 when Elky won $ 766,000 at the WPT Championship, which made him the top-earning French poker player. 2011 brought him a well-deserved WSOP bracelet in Seven-Card Stud. In international tournaments he has a high success rate of finishing in top 5 if not top 2 positions. One of his major advantages that he usually uses against other players is that anything he observes, he immediately uses against his opponents, which means that no two similar hands exist against Elky. He is able to figure out every single move of his opponents and that is what brings half of the success in poker.
Elky is continuously developing his skills by learning and by undertaking new challenges. When he moved to Korea, he realized that he could not beat the Koreans if he tried to play as they did. Therefore, he developed a special strategy to combat specifically the Korean style. At the same time, he learned the Korean game style and what he learned from the best players he incorporated into his game. He uses the same method in poker.
Elky has a long career in front of him with poker. Because of his popularity and because of the fact that the audience loves his game, he remains on the list of invitees for the most prestigious tournaments and his fan base is growing more and more during every single tournament.
Other interests of his include long distance running, movies and travel. He speaks French, English and Korean fluently.
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