Life is good for the high rollers. Just ask PokerStars pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. His biggest wins seem to come in the beautiful, serene surroundings of the Bahamas. Seems like a great reason for him to keep going back.
Less than twelve months after winning the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event Championship, Grospellier went back to join the high rollers for another tournament at beautiful Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The buy-in was a cool $25k and although there were only 48 entrants in this year’s event, this tournament brought some of the best high-stakes players in the world together to duke it out on the felt. Those not fortunate enough to make it to the money this year include such great players as Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Joe Hachem, Ivan Demidov, Antonio Esfandiari, and Eric Seidel.
Only the top eight were paid, though, and that final table included some very recognizable faces. Other well known players joining Grospellier in the money were Daniel Alaei, Eli Elezra and the always entertaining Humberto Brenes. The payouts looked like this:
1st – Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier – Team PokerStars Pro – France – $433,500
2nd – Will Molson – Canada – $228,000
3rd – Scott Seiver – United States – $137,000
4th – Liya Gerasimova – Russia – $91,300
5th – Humberto Brenes – Team PokerStars Pro – Costa Rica – $70,800
6th – Eli Elezra – United States – $68,500
7th – Daniel Alaei – United States – $57,000
8th – Nick Schulman – United States – $45,700
This win is the third large score for ElkY in the past twelve months. Not only did he win this and the PCA Main Event, but he also won the $15,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Championship. His winnings from these three events total more than $3.5 million. Who knows what’s next for ElkY, but no doubt he’ll be getting back to the Bahamas just as soon as he can.