When anybody wins a big tournament, there is usually a sense of excitement and surprise. When ElkY wins a tournament, people are starting to yawn.

No, not literally. It’s still exciting, but ElkY winning something or getting close to it has become so commonplace that people are starting to expect it.

Fortunately there is still one guy who gets excited about ElkY winning tournaments. That is, of course, ElkY.

He was gracious enough to send us some of his thoughts following his recent win in the 2009 WCOOP Event #38.

by Betrand “ElkY” Grospellier

The WCOOP events have always been my favorite online tournaments, and it keeps getting better and better every year.

My favorite part is definitely the great structures, but the guarantees are also amazing and so many satellites run on PokerStars that anyone gets a chance to participate. That is a great thing.

Last year I had an amazing WCOOP series, but ultimately I can never be really satisfied without a title. That’s what I live for. I would easily trade 20 final tables for one single win. because the feeling is just incomparable. When you make the final table and you played well all tournament, you can’t regret anything and it’s nice, but winning it all is just so different.

You can just imagine how thrilled I was to finally win that WCOOP bracelet after five years of playing in the series. It was such a tough tournament, too; I was only a few cards away from elimination a couple of times and the final three tables were filled with all the greatest online players.

When we got to the final table, even though I’d been playing for 13 hours, I could feel it was finally my time in the WCOOP. The adrenaline was pumping so much that I didn’t even feel tired. After I won I was exhausted, but at the same time so excited that I still couldn’t sleep for the next six hours!

It also meant a lot to me because these days I don’t have the chance to play online quite as much due to my very busy live tournament schedule. I’m very proud I was able to accomplish that feat of defeating 1100+ players once again in a tournament, and to come back where it all began for me–multi0tabling on PokerStars.

Now I gotta be ready and prepare because WCOOP is far from over, the WCOOP main event is my favorite online tournament of the year and I’m so ready to play my best once again. I hope to see all of you there,

Good Luck !

ElkY is a member of Team PokerStars and has won just about everything you could ever imagine.



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