We have a request for Betrand "ElkY" Grospellier: stop making us work so much.
Writing a blog that follows Team PokerStars is a busy job, to be sure. With more than 30 members who tend to tear up tournaments on a regular basis, we find it hard to write about much else. When ElkY gets involved, it just gets silly.
Take this statistic, for instance. In 2005, we reported on ElkY's first ever live tournament cash. He earned $2,621 at the French Open in the first season of the European Poker Tour. Since then, he has massed $4,948,046 in live tournament earnings alone. Don't even get us started on his online poker performance. We'd be here all day.
Going into this week, ElkY was a little more than $50,000 short of earning $5 million in live tournaments in less than five years. By the end of this weekend, he will have crossed that mark.
The former gamer turned poker pro is at it again. After five days at the World Poker Tour $25,000 Championship, ElkY is still alive. He is among the final ten players who will play down to the televised final table this afternoon.
Already guaranteed $98,000, ElkY is sure to pass the $5 million in career live earnings mark. First, though, he has to bust out of the tournament.
While we're sure ElkY will be happy to collect on whatever he makes, we're just going to assume he won't be itching to get out of the event. He's a little short on chips right now, but we've seen him come back from bigger deficits before. What's more, with a first prize of more than $2 million, we know ElkY wouldn't mind shooting for another big win.
And then, this time next week, we'll be talking about how ElkY is about to cross the $7 million in career earnings mark.
Come on, ElkY, give us a rest (and good luck and all that).