WSOP 2012: Will it end?
ElkY just doesn't look right in fifth place. In fact, if he doesn't have all the chips and a trophy sitting in front of him, ElkY looks sort of weird, like a guy who came here from the future to tell us that we shouldn't bother. When will it end? ElkY knows, he just won't tell us.
No, it just doesn't look right. As much respect and admiration as I have for all the people on this list, seeing ElkY in fifth place is off-putting in a way I can't rightly describe.
But there it is in black and white.
Team PokerStars Pro WSOP 2012 WSOP earnings
1. Vanessa Selbst: $182,019
2. Barry Greenstein: $116,357
3. Daniel Negreanu: $47,322
4. David Williams: $46,144
5. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier: $23,876
That's right. Since the 2012 World Series of Poker began some 26 events ago, ElkY has cashed only once. He earned that in Event #19, the $10,000 pot-limit Hold'em event last week. If that freaks you out as much as it freaks me out, please let me know so we can't form some sort of support group.
Fortunately for all of us, tonight could change everything. A little later today, ElkY will sit down at the final three tables of the six-max $3,000 NLHE event. He currently is in sixth place out of the remaining 18 players. He is guaranteed at least $21,000 if he busts out in 18 place. If he manages a third place or better finish, he will climb to the top of the Team PokerStars Pro 2012 WSOP earnings list.
Of course, all of us who know ElkY know he won't be happy with anything less than a first place finish. Not only would he pick up his second WSOP bracelet, but he'd also earn more than half a million dollars.
Standing in his way tonight is some of the toughest competition you'll ever run across. Included among ElkY's opponents are Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov, Freddy Deeb, Scott Montgomery, Andrew Lichtenberger, and a whole bunch of other tough players.
Action resumes in a few hours, at which time we'll figure out if it's all going to end, or ElkY will resume his comfortable place at he top of the heap.