2009 WCOOP: The man who beat ElkY

wcoop2009-thumb.jpgIt's not easy to beat Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier heads-up. Just ask the people who faced him at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the WPT Festa el Lago, or any other of the countless tournaments ElkY has won.

There is one man, however, who has done it and won more than half a million bucks for the trouble. That man is known in the real world as Steve Jacobs. If you've played on PokerStars at any point in the past several years, you probably know him better as stevesbets.


That's your man right there when he sat down for an interview with the PokerStars video blog team. He looks nice enough, but he managed to keep one of the toughest heads-up opponents in the world from snagging a WCOOP bracelet last year.

The event was the WCOOP $25,000 Heads-Up World Championship. In 2004, Jacobs had placed third in the 2004 WCOOP Heads-Up event, and despite his obvious skill, a lot of people would have put their money on ElkY. After all, it was ElkY.

But, by now, we all know that Jacobs beat ElkY and scored himself a place in WCOOP history. If you don't know the whole story, you can read our report from last year: Stevesbets defeats ElkY for bracelet.

Now, nearly one year later, we've had the chance to sit down and talk to Jacobs about the experience.

Watch WCOOP Champion: Steven 'stevesbets' Jacobs on PokerStars.tv

If we haven't said it enough by now, WCOOP starts in just a couple of weeks. You can plan most of your September by going over to WCOOP.com Also, if you'd like to take part in some qualifiers with really good value, check out the WCOOP Extreme Satellites.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in WCOOP