EPT Barcelona: ElkY ditches joker to shine in Spain

Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier has ditched the joker regalia he fashioned in Macau but still has a metallic veneer, his silver blond hair making him look like he was designed and built in a virtual reality machine. It's a level of flash that suits his effective style of play. First a modest pot taken from a player in an Arsenal FC bandana. Then this.

Team PokerStars Pro ElkY

It kicked off with a 6s-7d-5s flop and a bet of 425 from ElkY from his under-the-gun position. By now only the button player and big blind were still involved but to make matters interesting the button's re-raise, 1,500 in total, gave the big blind his cue to fold.

ElkY sat riffling chips and then called. The turn, a 4h, brought even more straight possibilities. ElkY led out, 2,150 this time, whilst the button player called. If either player had made their straight it was hard to tell but on the river card 9h ElkY moved all-in.

It was close to 7,000 and left him with nothing to riffle. That didn't last long though. His opponent mucked and ElkY was soon playing with chips again; he has a stack worth 15,000 in front of him now midway through the first level.

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in European Poker Tour