WSOP 2011: ElkY banks $447k, Mercier close to another bracelet

wsop2011-thumb-blog.pngWhen Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier woke up earlier this week, he sat back and tried to pinpoint something important.

"I can't even remember last time I had a seven-figures win," he posted to Twitter "Tomorrow would be a good time I guess!"

This is the kind of thing ElkY thinks about when he rolls out of bed. (To answer the question, ElkY's last live seven-figure win was in 2008 when he won the WPT Festa al Lago event).

ElkY had the chance to notch another one after making the final table of the $10,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em event at the WSOP. Just a few days removed from winning his first bracelet , ElkY had a real shot at winning another one. He got very close. This morning, ElkY finished in third place for a whopping $447,282. This kind of win would change almost anybody's life. For ElkY, it's just another day at work.

Since hitting Vegas for the WSOP, ElkY has cashed four times for more than $800,000 in winnings. It's a performance like few others have had this year. He has what he's calling a "sick shot" at this year's WSOP Player of the Year award.

Last night's cash does more than put ElkY in line for yet another award. It also moves him over the $2 million mark for live cashes in the past six months. You read that right. Since 2011 began, ElkY has cashed in 10 live tournaments. More than half of those were final table appearances, three of which were outright wins. Since beginning his live career in 2005, ElkY has earned more than $8 million in live tournaments alone.

Making money has become sort of ho-hum for the Frenchman. Now it seems secondary to ElkY proving to himself and the world that he is among the best. From this angle, it doesn't seem as if he needs any more proof.

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Just another $800k Series for ElkY

We would take longer to sit in awe of ElkY's on-going WSOP performance, but Jason Mercier is once again threatening to steal the spotlight. He's already won one bracelet this year (his career second), and tonight he will return to the 2-7 triple draw event as the chip leader with 13 players remaining. So far this Series, Mercier has cashed four times for more than $670,000. If he manages to win tonight, it will put him up over $800,000 in cashes for the 2011 WSOP. He, too, has a very good opportunity to win the WSOP Player of the Year award.

If you're keeping score, ElkY and Mercier have combined for nearly $1.5 million in cashes in just the past four weeks. They've both won WSOP bracelets and Mercier could very well earn another one tonight.

Congratulations to ElkY on another astounding performance, and good luck to Jason tonight. You guys are really making it hard to form a "poker is a game of luck" argument.

Photo courtesy WSOP.com

Brad Willis
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