WSOP Main Event: ElkY just in time
There is man in the two-seat of Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier's table who, at first glance could be a priest. He's wearing a black pea coat, a black shirt, and a white undershirt. A quick look would make it seem the guy is wearing a collar. The man is shaking his head.
"Two hundred and fifty thousand and he gets it in drawing dead," said the would-be priest. It was like he'd seen the devil and couldn't exorcise him.
Two seats away sits ElkY looking more Thunderdome than Notre Dame. On Day 3, ElkY Mad Maxed his way through the field and came out with a massive chip lead. He started Day 4 with nearly 1.4 million chips...a half million lead on the next biggest stack in the field. Today, he has a not-real-priest at his table to read last rites when necessary.
"I was late," ElkY says over his shoulder as he arranges his chips."Three minutes."
That is by way of explaining how he rushed in and sat down immediately in the big blind. And then there is this "he" ElkY is talking about. No one knows his name, because he was gone so quickly.
"He raised to 24,000 and I called in the big blind with pocket threes," says ElkY. "First hand I play, I flop a set."
The flop is a K-6-3 rainbow, so pretty ElkY could draw a unicorn around it and put it on a little girl's lunch box.
After that, it's all classic ElkY. It's a check-call on the flop, then leading the turn and inducing an all-in bet from his man.
"Two hundred and fifty thousand," the not-a-priest says again.
"He has king-jack," ElkY says with a small smile.
"With that hand!" says the priest. "And you in the big blind!"
That pot was worth a full half million, good enough for ElkY--on his very first hand of the day--to breach the 1.5 million chip mark. With that many chips and the money approaching, it's not going to be pretty to watch what ElkY does to his table. He's a man that knows how to abuse the bubble.
We're not sure if bubble abuse falls under the category of Mortal Sin, but if it is, ElkY has a priest to absolve him...or at least somebody who looks like one.
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QUOTE OF THE HOUR
"Six hundred sixty-eight...667 players remaining." --Tournament Director Jack Effel counting down to the 648-player money bubble.
SNACK OF THE HOUR
Organic Chocolate Covered Banana pieces and/or Organic Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans -- As enjoyed, and shared around the table, by Thierry Van Den Berg.
MOST WORTHWHILE ADDITIONAL PACES OF THE HOUR
The five steps between the nearest men's lavatory trailer beside the Poker Kitchen, which is always full and unclean, and the furthest men's lavatory trailer beside the Poker Kitchen, which always offers a choice of stalls, urinals, sinks, etc.
PITCH OF THE HOUR
Half-naked woman in Rio hallway: "It's adults only."
Leering man: "Adults only?"
Half-naked woman: "Yeah, it's basically a topless pool."
JOE GIRON PHOTO HOUR
VIDEO OF THE HOUR
Watch WSOP 2009: The Vegas PokerStars Party on PokerStars.tv