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ElkY wins WSOP’s Tournament of Champions Play-in

Most of the Field Will Be Announced on June 17


Bertrand GrospellierElkY runs good.

In what was supposed to be an open qualifier before Harrah’s ran into too many logistical and legal hurdles, it was decided last week that the final sponsor exemption would be awarded to the winner of a nine-person sit-and-go. Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier was invited to participate and then did his part in defeating eight others to earn his spot.

“I want to thank the WSOP Academy for giving me the chance to win my way into the TOC,” said Grospellier. “I feel like I am a deserving champion based on my record around the world, and I look forward to getting my WSOP bracelet soon.”

Few tournament pros have matched the PokerStars pro’s success over the past few years. Grospellier has over $7 million in tournament winnings, most of which has come in the past three and a half years.

Most notably, Grospellier won the 2008 PCA for $2 million, the 2008 Festa Al Lago WPT event for $1.4 million, the 2009 PCA high-roller event for $433,500, and two 2009 WCOOP events, each for approximately a quarter-million.

Grospellier will play against the Tournament of Champions’ three previous winners — Annie Duke, Mike Matusow, and Mike Sexton — as well as reigning WSOPE champ Barry Shulman and reigning WSOP champ Joe Cada in a 27-player field on June 27.

Twenty pros will be voted in by the fans, and one online winner will have a seat in the event as well.

The winner of the 2010 Tournament of Champions will receive $500,000, with $250,000 going to the runner-up and $100,000 going to third place. Fourth through ninth will each receive $25,000.



over 11 years ago

The WSOP should take a hint from this and include all
champions of $5K-plus tournaments in the future, not
just WSOP bracelet winners. Watch ElkY win it now.

Don't allow qualifiers unless they qualified against
qualifying champions, are in the top ten in a POY
list of one established publication or another, or
won one and final-tabled another Sunday Million or