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Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier wins High Roller event

12 January 2009

PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier has won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller for a first prize of $433,500. The victory cements ElkY's status as one of the greatest poker players in the world after he won last year's PCA for $2 million, the WPT Festa al Lago in October for $1.4 million and finished 2nd in the $25,000 PokerStars WCOOP heads-up championship for $320,000.

ElkY now stands firmly at the top of the EPT Tournament Leader Board and his EPT tournament earnings now total well over €2 million. He has also extended his lead at the top of the French all-time money list - above the likes of David Benyamine and Anthony Lellouche.

ElkY says a key moment at yesterday's final table was when he doubled up against fellow Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes with a set of 10s vs. Humberto's set of 4s. Humberto Brenes eventually came fifth for $70,800.

ElkY said: "It feels great. Last year's main event was bigger but this means a lot. The field was so prestigious and I played very well against good players. This will be a great memory for me."

The two-day $25,000 High Roller tournament attracted a field of 48 players and created a total prize pool of $1.2 million. The final table featured eight extremely strong players including WSOP champions Eli Elezra, Scott Seiver and Daniel Alaei.

Among the other stars who competed in the event were EPT London High-Roller winner Jason Mercier, Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Greg Raymer, Dario Minieri and Joe Hachem, tennis legend Boris Becker, PokerStars Six men Ivan Demidov and Denis Phillips as well as Gus Hansen, Antonio Esfandiari, Chris Ferguson and many more world class players and WSOP bracelet winners.

1st
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
France
Team PokerStars Pro
$433,500

2nd
Will Molson
Canada
$228,000

3rd
Scott Seiver
USA
$137,000

4th
Liya Gerasimova
Russia
$91,300

5th
Humberto Brenes
Costa Rica
Team PokerStars Pro
$70,800

6th
Eli Elezra
USA
$68,500

7th
Daniel Alaei
USA
$57,000

8th
Nick Schulman
USA
$45,700

As well as the High-Roller event, the PCA "Festival of Poker" was host to numerous side events including $1K, $2K and $5K tournaments, the Battleship tournament and World Cup of Poker finals. Team PokerStars Pro Hevad Khan took down the $2,000 event for $200,000 only a few hours before ElkY won the high roller.

The next stop on the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour is the €5,300 buy-in EPT Deauville event running from 20-24 January at Deauville Casino.

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Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier wins High Roller event is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.