WSOP Main Event: ElkY plugged in
I once watched Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier give up a two-to-one chip lead heads-up for an EPT crown. His opponent Magnus Pettersson from Sweden had no choice but to do it the hard way, nibbling here and there, playing a cast iron game and when the moment came, needling Grospellier over a bad decision that swung the advantage back to the Swede,
That had caused the Frenchman to wince electric shock style and claw at his head. He knew that moment he was no longer the rightful heir to that title, and when Pettersson delivered the coup de grace his joyous dance of celebration was burned onto the Frenchman's brain.
That was the last time I saw Grospellier look human at the table.
Flash forward to now. It's as if he's been taking his revenge out on the poker world ever since with a ruthless and unsentimental destruction of anything placed in front of him.
He certainly looks like one.
If you want to go to a costume party dressed as ElkY, here's what you'll need: Shiny headphones, shiny sunglasses, shiny peroxide hair, two layers of Ed Hardy, a shiny medallion around your neck, black gloss shoes (shiny) and European skin not blemished by the outdoors or sunshine.
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
There's something not quite human going on, as though he'd been assembled by old laptops and has learned to operate without having to plug himself in. He might crack his knuckles every five minutes, but that noise could easily have been rust.
But like the best pros, machine or human, Grospellier knows how to limit losses and maximise winnings, picking off small pots again and again from a table of players who are fully aware of his reputation. Grospellier lost 1,000 in one hand then picked up 5,000 in the next. After folding a couple of times he added another 1,000, then another. At one point the player in seat one was ready to raise, going straight for his chips. But then he hesitated, rubbing his neck instead, folding, conceding the chips to go to the Frenchman.
Khan, Lee and Molson learned it the hard way. At least for these guys defeat at the hand of ElkY is a cheaper lesson.
POKER BABE OF THE HOUR
Shirley Rosario is up to about 60,000, having recently hit at least her second set of nines of the day. Passing by late in level two, her and a single opponent had put about 2,700 in the pot pre-flop. They saw K♥4♠9♥ and Rosario's opponent check-called her 2,000 bet. He also checked called her 4,000 bet on the turn of 6♦ and repeated the trick a third time on the river of 7♠. Rosario showed her nines and raked the decent pot after her opponent mucked.
TWEET OF THE HOUR
"in my tshirt u can read SAMBA LEGEND!!! everyone should listen samba playing poker, its a God thing!!" ---@aakkari
MISREAD OF THE HOUR
"Show me ace-ten! Show me ace-ten! Do you have ace-ten? (opponent turns over queens for the pot) Oh... that's the best hand..."
JOE GIRON'S PHOTO HOUR