ElkY scores WPT Player of the Year honors

teampro-thumb.JPGAnd here we thought the news was going to be about ElkY crossing the $5 million in career earnings mark. Silly us for once again failing to realize that Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier will always find a way to amaze.

According to the fine reporting from the World Poker Tour bloggers, ElkY not only managed to take third place in the $25,000 WPT Championship, but also secured WPT Player of the Year honors.

ElkY needed a fourth or better finish last night to grab the title. He managed one better, placing third for more than $775,000. He might just have had a chance to win if not for a bad beat in his ultimate hand. The three-way all-in had ElkY holding ace-jack up against ace-eight and ace-seven. A seven hit the flop and ElkY went out in third.

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Sure, it was a tough beat, but there is some significant financial comfort. The win, as we mentioned earlier in the week, puts ElkY above the $5 million career live winnings mark. In fact, he now can claim $5,724,291 on the all-time live tournament rankings. This week's achievement makes him one of the winningest players on the circuit. He has now won more live tournament cash in five years than Doyle Brunson, Humberto Brenes, and Howard Lederer have won in their careers.

Congratulations to ElkY for yet another fine performance. We'd like to think he'll give us a rest now, but we know the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo kicks off in a couple of days. ElkY is bound to make some sort of news.

That's just what he does.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in Team PokerStars Pro