Since it seems impossible to overstate a performance by Team PokerStars Pro Betrand "ElkY" Grospellier, let's just lead this post with a simple understatement.
ElkY is having a pretty good year.
Without going too far into the praise and burying the lead, we should point out right now that ElkY has just won the World Poker Tour Festa al Lago at Bellagio in Las Vegas. He pockets $1.4 million after beating out a field of 368 people.
This marks ElkY's second major title of the year. He started 2008 with a win at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $2 million. That event marked the PCA's first time on the European Poker Tour and gave ElkY his first EPT win.
In May, ElkY took fifth place at the grand Prix de Paris for more $120,000. Last month, he nearly won a WCOOP bracelet in the $25,000 head-up championship. He finished runner-up for $320,000.
ElkY's exploits at the Festa al Lago this year did not begin with the main event. Just a few days ago, we won $55,000 for a second place finish in a $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em contest.
Then came this year's Festa al Lago main event. He sat at a final table tonight with such names as Nenad Medic and Nam Le. ElkY went into the final table with the chip lead and took it all the way to the win.
At 27 years-old, ElkY has amassed more than $4 million career live tournament winnings. He's earned most of that money in the last ten months.
Indeed, the man is having a pretty good year.
Congrats, ElkY on another great performance.