WSOP 2017: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier leads $111,111 One Drop final table
Don't be alarmed, but the Ghost of ElkY Past is haunting Las Vegas.
It's been years since his last live final table. It's been years since his last live six-figure score. It's been years since he won a live poker tournament.
Forget all that, because Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier's may be about to book his biggest win yet. Moments ago, ElkY finished the second day of the $111,111 World Series of Poker High Roller for One Drop with a massive chip lead.
With nine players remaining, ElkY is at the very top with a nearly 2-1 chip lead...over second place.
Few people have ever questioned ElkY's poker talent. Ever since he made the jump from professional gaming to professional poker, he's been a tidal force, one that's racked up more than $11 million in earnings, one that has won WPT and EPT titles, and one that already has a WSOP bracelet. He made his bones a long time ago, so few people have yelled very loudly about the little drought he's been in.
But it's been a real thing. Though he's been out rounding the world picking up decent scores here and there, the last time he had a six-figure live cash was four years ago today.
Now, ElkY has guaranteed himself at last $312,000. And up top of the prize pool? Well, that first prize is worth $3,686,865. That's the kind money ElkY racked up nine years ago when he booked two seven-figure first place prizes.
It will not be easy. I mean, just check out who he's playing against tomorrow.
The top four spots tomorrow will all earn more than a million bucks. Will ElkY be one of them? If he's summoned the ElkY of 2008, you can bet on it.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis. WSOP photos courtesy PokerPhotoArchive.com