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Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier wins First WSOP Bracelet

by Jeremy

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier ended a five-year drought at the WSOP by winning the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship along with $331,639. And there were several incredible stories behind Grospellier’s big win - including the fact that he had never even played Stud before.

In an interview following the tournament, the PokerStars pro told reporters, “As my friend pushed me to play, he said I had a really good memory for the cards so I can analyze the cards and the combination. I think I caught up quickly and all the poker games are all similar. It’s about reading your opponents and adapting to the situation.” He finished by saying, “Of course I have a lack of experience but sometimes I think it (aided) me because I was playing really aggressive, and getting my opponents to fold in some spots where they’re not supposed to fold.”

Another interesting aspect to this win is that Grospellier came back from near-elimination to win the tournament. In the heads-up final, ElkY and Steve Landfish battled over four hours before Grospellier landed a full house to eliminate the American. After adding the WSOP title to his resume, Grospellier is only the fifth French player to win in the world’s most prestigious poker event.

Perhaps more importantly, ElkY joined the exclusive triple crown winners club, which involves winning an EPT, WPT and WSOP title. The Frenchman earned the first two parts to his triple crown in 2008 when he won the WPT Championship and PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. And with the Seven Card Stud Championship, the three-part puzzle is finally complete. He now joins Roland De Wolfe, Gavin Griffin and Jake Cody as the other people who have accomplished this rare feat.

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