WSOP Event #34: ElkY flying in $1,500 No Limit

wsop2009_thn.gifWe've seen him tear up tables in the European Poker Tour, the PCA and at the WPT. Now Team PokerStars Pro ElkY is poised menacingly at the top of the WSOP $1,500 No Limit leaderboard.

When the 2,095 starters sat down two days ago, ElkY stood out as a name to be reckoned with - a fearsome reputation as a tournament player that has brought him considerable success, not to mention wealth, as his $5.7 million lifetime winnings confirm.

Now they're down to just two tables, with 18 players chasing the $521,932 first prize and bracelet. Each are already guaranteed $21,533.

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ElkY

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier began the day mid way through the pack, but a key double up through Joseph Cada, when his A-J outran Cada's K-J of spades, despite an uncomfortable flop bringing a potential flush draw.

That sent the Frenchman up the chip rankings, and he now sits third on 920,000, behind Eric Baldwin and Jonas Klausen.

There's much work to be done before ElkY can think of making the final table, let alone the title. The remaining has plenty of quality, including Britain's Roland de Wolfe, a recent bracelet winner.

STOP PRESS Your blogger needs to go and stand in a corner and think about what he's done. Yup, the bloggers' curse has struck again: no sooner had we posted the above than ElkY crashed out of the tournament in 13th place.

You see the trouble with ElkY is that he plays each tournament to win it, not just climb the cash positions. While that can have the desired result, as his record shows, it can also mean he crashes in flames.

So it was today. After being in the top three of chips with 18 left, he suffered two huge blows, first doubling up Benjamin School, who's K-J outran ElkY's A-8, and then losing a monster to Steven Bradbury. The two go it all-in preflop, ElkY with kings, but to his dismay Bradbury turned over the rockets.

ElkY finally pushed with 10-J against Eric Baldwin's A-8 - and two eights on the flop quickly ended any dramatic comeback.

Good game.