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Hand History Time Capsule: Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier

by Erik Fast |  Published: Jan 01, 2012


In this new series, “Hand History Time Capsule,” Card Player digs up memorable hands to help you relive, or perhaps discover for the first time, pivotal situations from some of poker’s most exciting moments. In the 2008 World Poker Tour Festa al Lago main event, 368 players put up the $15,000 buy-in to create a nearly $5.4 million prize pool and a first-place prize of $1.4 million. The dominant force heading into the final table was France’s Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, who had more than a third of the chips in play. A former professional video game player, Grospellier had quickly proven himself on the international poker tournament circuit with a huge win at the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $2 million and a runner-up finish at the 2007 European Poker Tour Copenhagen main event. Although Grospellier held the chip lead, it was far from a sure thing. He was up ...

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