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Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier: Training His Way to the Next Level

Online Poker Legend Will Stop at Nothing to Become Live Poker's Greatest Player

by Shawn Patrick Green |  Published: Jul 01, 2009


Those with aspirations of becoming the greatest at something will often find inspirational people, role models within the field, whom they strive to emulate. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, who packs as great a poker resume as any 28-year-old can, is no different. However, in his quest to become the world’s greatest poker player, he chose a rather unorthodox poker muse — Leonardo da Vinci. In an effort to cultivate his genius and maximize the time he spent while awake, ElkY took to an unusual sleep method, called polyphasic sleeping, which he had read that da Vinci had practiced. He slept for 15 minutes every four hours rather than the normal eight-hour block. While this sleep schedule ultimately wound up biting him in the butt as he lost thousands of dollars playing high-stakes sit-and-gos, it perfectly illustrates the extreme measures to which he will go to be the best. ElkY is even ...

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