Bertrand Grospellier called "Elky" is a French character who has built a fine reputation in the gaming world. Passionate about games of all kinds since childhood, he ends up doing it as his job. He was born in Melun in 1981 and raised in Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy in the suburbs of Nancy, where he passed his bachelor of science. Subsequently, he abandoned his studies for the benefit of various online games. He distinguished himself first in video games before becoming one of the most talented and respected poker players in the world. Recognized as one of the best French players, Bertrand Grospellier now has several prestigious awards to his credit.
Bertrand started impressing those around him by his talents at video games, including the strategy game Starcraft. Climbing the ladder very quickly, he became a true professional gamer in record time, gaining worldwide fame in the discipline. To pay for its participation in various tournaments of video games, he worked in a game room in Paris. He recorded his first major consecration in 2001, coming in second place at the World Cyber Game, the famous World eSports competition. During this period he adopted the pseudonym Elky, derived from a character's name Elkantar. After this success, Elky changed direction and turned to poker. No longer a stranger to virtual games, he made his first attempts at PokerStars and participated in Sit and Go tournaments. Very good at card games, sometimes playing more than twenty tables at once, as soon as his first year of practice. Gaining in experience and technique, Grospellier raised the bar ever higher before turning to the major international tournaments. Within a few months, he reached levels Supernova and Supernova Elite at PokerStars, where he performed best record scores and drew the attention of the site, signing a contract as a pro with PokerStars. Then began for this young cards prodigy a nice climb at the professional poker leaderboards.
In early 2007, Bertrand Grospellier gets involved in the EPT Copenhagen and found himself in second place, winning more than $400,000. After this first stunt, he connects the big tournaments and has not stopped improving his game since. In the middle of that year he was a finalist at the WSOP and got a prizes of $29,124. Now with a higher profile and a more substantial track record, the young prodigy gets his name in the pantheon of world's best players, winning the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament in the Bahamas. This victory allows him to win two million dollars and become number one in front of the famous Bruno Fitoussi. Ubiquitous in all major tournaments, ElkY is often part of the finalists. In the same year 2008, he recorded another victory finishing in first place in the World Poker Tour Festa al Lago held at the Bellagio. In just a few years of professional practice, Bertrand Grospellier sees his exploits rewarded with a third place in the Player of the Year 2008. Since that year, the young man was paid 200,000 dollars in salary by the television channel NRJ 12 to guide beginners. After a nearly flawless career, Bertrand Grospellier began 2009 with a memorable victory at the PCA High Roller $25K. At the top of his game, the player has released in February 2009 a book titled "Kill ElkY". In this work, he shares his know-how and technical explanations of the bonus rules. Throughout 2009, new victories will be added to his list. At 28, Bertrand Grospellier has recently been elected WPT Player of the Year.
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