Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier Wins Seat in 2010 WSOP Tournament Of Champions

June 12th, 2010 – by Glen Farmer

The 2010 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions has been letting fans cast their votes for who will participate, but several seats had been called for not only by the previous winners of the Tournament of Champions, but also for some players winning qualifiers.

Barry Shulman, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, Annie Duke, Mike Sexton, Joe Cada, and Barry Shulman had been guaranteed seats. Twenty seats were to be determined through voting, and two wild card qualifiers were also to be named. One of these seats has recently been awarded to none other than Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.

Grospellier battled against eight other poker players in a World Series of Poker Academy hosted sudden death playoff for nine players who had not been eligible for a seat by the votes. Andy Bloch, Michael Mizrachi, Gus Hansen, Don Cheadle, Sorel Mizzi, Liv Boeree, “ElkY,” Paul Wasicka, and Gavin Smith had all sat at these tables for their chance at the final WSOP Tournament of Champions Seat.

The table had thinned to only Michael Mizrachi and Bertrand Grospellier, and the game had come down to the wire when the two had shoved pre-flop. Mizrachi’s suited AH-6H failed to stand up to Elky’s KS-TC. Not only had ElkY hit his king on the turn, but the river had converted his hand into a flush.

The top 50 voters include Antonio Esfandiari, Eli Elezra, Jennifer Tilly, Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen, and many more.

The 2010 WSOP Tournament of Champions is set to kick off on June 27th. The 27 players will sit at the tables in this prestigious $1 million dollar freeroll.

In order to have a better shot at a bracelet, and subsequently the Tournament of Champions, players will be able to enter WSOP satellites through the best USA poker rooms.

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